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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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Torah Study with Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu

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Sat, 11/23/2019 - 9:00am

Join us in the library for a conversation about this week's Torah portion: Chayei Sarah

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael, Followed by Lunch

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Sat, 11/23/2019 - 10:00am

Join Rabbi Yael Levy and A Way In for prayer, meditation, song and reflection. Everyone welcome.

Library Open House

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Sat, 11/23/2019 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

After Shabbat services, you are invited to spend some time in our library and talk to some of the library committee members.

NO HEBREW SCHOOL - Teachers Development Day at Jewish Learning Venture

Sun, 11/24/2019 - 9:30am

Rosh Chodesh Location To Be Determined

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Tue, 11/26/2019 - 7:00pm

Join us in the East Mt Airy home of Wendy Galson and Susan Windle to celebrate Yom Kippur Katan and to prepare for Rosh Hodesh Kislev. For traditional Jews, Yom Kippur Katan is a fast day prior to some Rosh Hodesh celebrations, as the moon thins and we yearn for the return of her light. At this time of increasing darkness, we may open more easily to the messages of our dreams.

Office Closed and No Hebrew School - Thanksgiving Break

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Wed, 11/27/2019 (All day)

Office Closed

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Thu, 11/28/2019 (All day)

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 ammount of time in January. While he is away, we want to take this moment to give you some important contacts within the Mishkan organization: 

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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