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Mishkan Shalom Social Action

Mishkan Shalom

is an activist, spiritual, community of Jews committed to Avodah (Prayer), Torah (Study) and G'milut Hasadim/Tikkun Olam (Acts of Caring/Repair of the World).


Sanctuary at Congregation Mishkan Shalom


In our community there are many different ways of understanding God as we explore Jewish spiritual living. Our synagogue is a safe place to share our faith and doubt, a place where we can ask questions and learn from one another as we seek to balance tradition and innovation.

Rabbi Kevin Hale working on a Torah


Our study of Torah, Jewish history and culture, as well as universal teachings, enables us to pursue a just world. We learn that our obligation is not only to act, but to realize how much is in our power to change.

Rabbi Shawn Zevit with Pedro and others

G’milut Hasadim/
Tikkun Olam

Acts of Caring/
Repair of the World

We commit to compassionate support for each other and to being a voice for Tikkun Olam.

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Welcome to Mishkan Shalom

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We are a dynamic, diverse, progressive and inclusive Jewish community with an outstanding Congregational School, an array of adult education opportunities, a dynamic teen program, our Celebrations! program for children with special needs, A Way In: Center for Jewish Mindfulness, a community of Tikkun Olam activists and more. All who share our Statement of Principles are warmly welcomed to join us. For more information, please contact our rabbis and office staff.

Below are highlights of upcoming services and programs. For our complete schedule, please see the calendar. For the latest from our rabbis, staff and members, check out Kol Shalom, our monthly newsletter.

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Candle Lighting and Reflection

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 6:30pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah Service at Mishkan

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Wed, 09/20/2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Led by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

We welcome the Jewish New Year, 5778, with song, prayer and spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. An Oneg follows the service, giving us the opportunity to reconnect with old and new friends and welcome new members.

Office Closed - Rosh Hashanah

Thu, 09/21/2017 (All day)

Rosh Hashanah Service at Haverford School

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Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:00am

Led by Rabbis Shawn Zevit, Yael Levy, Myriam Klotz, Rabbinic Intern, Claire Brunhild and members of the Mishkan Shalom High Holy Day team.

Child Care Provided

Join us as we create an experience of celebration and transformation through Prayer, Music, Torah and the resonant sounds of the shofar.

9:00-10:30 a.m. – Shacharit (morning) service using Kol Haneshamah Machzor

10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. – Torah service, sermon, shofar, and musaf

Aliyot – As we read the creation story anew, as an alternative Rosh Hashanah reading, we continue the tradition of celebrating our community, our leaders and our journeys.

Communal MealTo deepen our connection to each other and celebrate the first day of this New Year we join together for lunch following services. We ask each household to contribute something to this healthy, celebratory meal.

Office Closed - Rosh Hashanah - Day 2

Fri, 09/22/2017 (All day)

Rosh Hashanah Mindfulness Service at Mishkan

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Fri, 09/22/2017 - 9:00am

Led by Rabbis Yael Levy, Myriam Klotz, Shawn Zevit and other Mishkan leaders

We celebrate the second day of the Jewish New Year with Mindfulness, Music and Movement.

TRADITIONAL PRAYERS surrounded with silence and reflection

YOGA for the body and soul                          

MUSIC to reach the heart


TORAH READING and opportunities to receive blessings

100 blasts of the SHOFAR

Celebrations! Shabbat Picnic/Potluck Succot

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:45pm

Of Interest

Yamim Nora'im: All Are Welcome at Ticketless High Holy Day Services

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We welcome all who wish to share the many blessings of the Yamim Nora'im, the Days of Awe, to join us for services, potluck meals and other gatherings from Selichot through Simchat Torah. High Holy Days at Mishkan Shalom are unique, participatory, inspiring, spirited and spiritual for adults and children alike.

Study, Reflect, Create: Lifelong Learning Registration is Open!

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New topics & teachers join our roster of classic courses & cherished leaders: Click here for full details on classes & registration.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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#ThatsMyRabbi Shawn Zevit plays in the band for Rev. Dr. William Barber's touring Revival! What a night of lively music, righteous testimony and heartfelt call for justice. Enjoy this and more by clicking here.

Mishkan In the News

Jewish Exponent: Rabbi Shawn discussed the tradition of building a sukkah


Philadelphia Inquirer: Theatre of Witness' new program highlighted on Shabbat Shuvah


Philadelphia Inquirer: We welcome new tenants: Private high school for Philly kids in foster care


Rabbis & Rabble-Rousers: Mishkaners Working to Repair the World

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Rabbi Shawn and POWER clergy at Mayor Nutter's press conference in support of the Al Aqsa Mosque

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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

This New Jewish Year: We Lift Our Eyes to Each Other and to the World

by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

Shalom and welcome back from Summer to the Jewish rhythms of a new year. This year is 5778 in the Jewish calendar. Every Hebrew letter also has a numerical value. The New Year 5778 reveals the Hebrew letters ayin and het.  Ayin can represent the first letter in the words einayim/eyes and het can lead to hayyim/ life. Keeping our Eyes/Focus on what will sustain and bring forward life, aliveness!

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