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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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Office Closed - Passover Day 7

Fri, 04/26/2019 (All day)

Torah Study with Rabbi Shawn

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Sat, 04/27/2019 - 9:00am

Meet in the chapel for a conversation about Passover and crossing the Red Sea, led by Rabbi Shawn.

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn - Ethan Soloway Confirmation and the Mishkan Choir

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Sat, 04/27/2019 - 10:00am

Adult Ed - Walk the Talk with Steve Jones

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Sat, 04/27/2019 - 12:30pm

Walk the Talk is a series of guided outdoor experiences in which participants learn about ‘reading’ the natural landscape as a text, and about ways to cultivate a mindful approach to walking in nature. We walk in the nearby Wissahickon forest, observe elements of the natural word, learn about ecological relationships among forest creatures, make blessings and study short Jewish texts.

Our April 27 walk will focus on the flowering of many of the plants native to our valley.

Participants should meet at Mishkan Shalom after services at 12:30 p.m., then carpool to a starting point for the walk in the nearby woods. Walkers should wear sturdy shoes and sensible clothing for the outdoors. All ages are welcome. The walk takes about an hour-and-a-half.

Register online: Walk the Talk: Knowing Nature Through a Jewish Lens

Navigating the Siddur

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Sun, 04/28/2019 - 10:00am

This will be the second of three additional class sessions of Dr. Elsie’s Stern “Navigating the Siddur” course. You do not have had to take the prior session to join the upcoming class cohort. During these Sunday morning sessions, you will learn the matbeah (order) of a Shabbat morning prayer service. You will learn to recognize the key structural elements, or framework, of the service, when and who created the classic prayers, and what might have been the authors’ larger kavannot (intentions) behind the words.

This week we will meet in Rabbi Yael's office.

Teen Leadership at Jewish Philly - Old City

Sun, 04/28/2019 - 11:00am

Once a month, Rabbi Shawn, Rabbi Joysa and other leaders will engage our teens to foster leadership development though teamwork, trust-building, creative thinking and listening skills through a Jewish lens. Together we will explore Jewish values as reflected in texts and contemporary issues. Students in Leadership Seminar will participate in community services and events throughout the year (this includes Tikkun Olam activities, services, Purim carnival, Celebrations!, the Mishkan School, etc.)

Life Long Learning - Learn to Leyn/Chant with David Acker

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Sun, 04/28/2019 - 12:15pm

If you have ever wanted to chant (or leyn) the passages for the Torah portion of a Shabbat service, now is your chance! Cantor David is offering a class, open to both adults and self-selected kids, who would like to learn the secrets of trope.

If you hope to fully memorize and retain all the trope marks (musical notes) that you study in class, you will need to spend time studying at home between classes.

A special invitation is extended to parents who have a child who might become b’nai mitzvah in the coming years. You may want to debut your Torah-leyning skills alongside your child at their ceremony!

Register online: Learn to Leyn/Chant with Cantor David

Of Interest

Grateful For Gabby! Celebrating 20 Years at Mishkan Shalom on May 4th

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Save the date for our spring fundraiser celebrating our own Gabby Kaplan-Mayer on Saturday evening, May 4th! Click here to learn more and to buy tickets!

A Passover Teaching from Rabbi Yael: Miriam’s Cup for Our Passover Seders

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Miriam’s Cup filled with water, is a symbol of Miriam’s Well, the source of water that nourished the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. We place this cup on our Passover table alongside the seder plate in honor of the women of the Exodus story.

Weekend in the Woods: Memorial Day Weekend! May 24-26 Register Now!

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Don't miss Mishkan's amazing Weekend in the Woods! Members, prospective members, family & friends all welcome! Secure your housing choice: Click here for full details & Registration. Can't come for the whole weekend? See partial weekend options! Ready to pay? Go directly to payment page. See you in the Poconos!

What a Great Weekend We Had

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Rabbi Emeritus Brian Walt spoke Friday and Saturday evenings; Shabbat School, Mishkan member presenters and choir Shabbat morning; a special nature walk in the afternoon; and a packed Tu B'shvat Seder Sunday night. Indeed, a robust Mishkan Shalom weekend!

Inquirer Covers Human Rights Shabbat

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Read in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 2: At this year’s Human Rights Shabbat, a recommitment to faith prompted by shootings by Mensah M. Dean.

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


As we enter fully into the Jewish month of Nisan and well over the 3,000th Passover celebration, we will have opportunities to dialogue, organize, learn, pray, celebrate and wrestle with the ideas of oppression and liberation in

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