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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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Lunch, Live and Learn with Rabbi Shawn

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 12:00pm

Erev Succot Shabbat from Rabbi Shawn's Sukkah via Zoom

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 6:15pm

Torah Study with Eugene

Sat, 10/03/2020 - 9:00am

Succot Service with Rabbi Yael

Sat, 10/03/2020 - 10:00am

Hebrew School via Zoom

Sun, 10/04/2020 - 9:15am

Get Out The Vote with Sharon Weinman via Zoom

Sun, 10/04/2020 - 4:00pm

For more info, contact Sharon -

Torah In These Challenging Times with Rabbi Yael via Zoom

Mon, 10/05/2020 - 11:00am

Of Interest

High Holy Days 5781

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This year you are invited to join our High Holy Day celebrations online. As we bring in the new year, we ask that you complete this registration form as it will help us manage Zoom, support security and connect with members. You must register to be sent the Zoom links for the various services and events, which will be sent a couple of days before the services. Non-member guests are invited to register now as well using this same form. If you have any questions, please contact You can read all about the Holidays at Mishkan by downloading the High Holy Day Booklet for 5781 listed below.

The Elul Project

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Hello All – As the month of Elul begins, so does a new Mishkan initiative, The Elul Project. You are invited to be an active participant in our Elul prep for the High Holy Days as we offer a sweet opportunity to learn from one another.

Updated Training & Events with Mishkan’s GOTV Team

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Mishkan’s POWER GOTV committee is organizing members to register voters, help them get mail-in ballots, and provide information, as events unfold, on the safest, most reliable ways to vote. Through POWER, we have two great platforms for accomplishing that. Read more here.

Membership Renewal 5781

Thank you for being a member of Mishkan Shalom!

Thinking about the ikar/essence of what Mishkan Shalom offers, take a moment to reflect on what role this spiritual community plays in your life and the life of your family. Now, more than ever, our interdependence is evident.

We need each other in ways that we could not have imagined when you renewed your membership last year. When it comes to the issues we face in the coming year, President Steve Jones requested this in his renewal letter

I am asking for two specific things from each Mishkan household: 

Live & Learn with Rabbi Shawn and Guests

In this series, Rabbi Shawn Zevit enjoys a conversation with a number of Mishkan members. It enables us to recharge, learn Jewish perspectives on a variety of topics and know the personal journeys of members of our community. It has been exciting to  learn from and explore their work in the world as it relates to our core Statement of Principles. Guests have included Rabbi Yael LevyGraciela Slesaransky-Poe, David Love, Eric Brunner, Sarah Katz and Anndee Hochman. Each are Mishkan members and each contributed to the conversation focused on the underlying theme of racial justice. 

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

Standing in the Truth of These Times

Shalom and welcome back from summer, with all its unique pandemic related limitations, creative connections, challenges, and unexpected precious moments. Welcome to the Jewish rhythms of a New Year- 5781.

As the New Year begins, the issues we have been grappling with are not disappearing; rather they seem to be intensifying. Whether it is personal health and well-being, our work for racial and environmental justice, getting the vote out or economic strain in these times of upheaval we all have work to do.

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