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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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Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 7:30pm

Note: Services start at 7:30.  All Friday Night Services resume the start time of 7pm beginning on February 7th.

Join Rabbi Shawn for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat.

Torah Study with Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu

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Sat, 01/25/2020 - 9:00am

Meet in the library for a compelling conversation about this week's Torah portion.

Shabbat Service - Bar Mitzvah - Isaac Field with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 01/25/2020 - 10:00am

Join us for services and welcome Isaac Field to the community as a Bar Mitzvah. 

Library Movie Night "Sallah"

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Sat, 01/25/2020 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join the Library Committee in the Chapel for a showing of the Israeli movie Sallah (in Hebrew with English subtitles). Author Ephraim Kishon, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary, wrote and directed the film based on characters in his short stories. The movie is a comedy about Sallah and his large (and growing) family, who have just arrived in Israel in 1949 after a quick escape from a middle eastern country. Instead of the apartment they were promised, the family has to spend months in a one-room shack in a government settlement camp. What could be a sad story becomes instead a comedic portrayal of clever immigrants getting the better of obtuse and occasionally corrupt bureaucrats to obtain the housing they were promised without actually working too hard.

Hebrew School

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 9:30am

B'nai Mitzvah Family ed - "Torah" - with Rabbi Shawn

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 9:30am

Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat

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Sun, 01/26/2020 - 7:00pm

The Nitivah (archtype) associated with Rosh Hodesh Sh’vat is Ha’Ohevet (the Lover), who invites us to be open, present, awake and alive. Sh/vat is the month we celebrate the new year of the trees. If humans were better lovers of trees, we would not be in our current climate crisis. If we paid more careful attention to the habits of trees we would understand the deep connection between us and all life, and we would live accordingly. Bring a personal story about trees. Renew your commitment to trees and life with chant, chocolate and deep sharing.

Of Interest

While Rabbi Shawn's Away...

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We hope that Rabbi Shawn is enjoying his sabbatical and look forward to hearing about it when he returns in May. He will be back for a short amount of time in January. While he is away, we want to take this moment to give you some important contacts within the Mishkan organization: 

Carlos Nunez "Calles de Oro" Art Exhibit

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Calles de Oro (Streets of Gold) brings together a series of paintings reflecting the widely-held belief among immigrants that the streets of the U.S. are paved with gold, and provides a perspective on what immigrants go through to reach these so-called "streets of gold." An immigrant from Ecuador raised in the U.S., Nunez's painting reflect on his past by using words that have echoed for him since childhood. 

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Enjoy video snippets of Rivka Jarosh's big night. #ThatsMyRabbi Shawn Zevit plays in the band for Rev. Dr. William Barber's touring Revival! What a lively night of righteous testimony and heartfelt call for justice! Enjoy this and more: Click 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

A Sabbatical Message from Rabbi Shawn, November 2019

In Leviticus 25:2-4 we learn: “When you enter the land that I assign to you, the land shall observe a Sabbath of the Lord. Six years you may sow your field and six years you may prune your vineyard and gather in the yield. But in the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, a Sabbath of the Lord.”

Dear Hevre,

What a wonderful month we have just celebrated together ushering in the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. In the blink of any eye- with much gratitude to our leadership, rabbinic and office staff and all of you, I have the blessing and privilege of a six-month Sabbatical beginning November 4, 2019, through May 11, 2020. 

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