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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

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 9:00am

Shabbat Service with Meredith Barber

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 10:00am

Spiritual Direction with Meredith Barber via Zoom

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 8:00am

Solos Social Hour with Susan Schewel via Zoom

Tue, 08/11/2020 - 7:00pm

Torah Study with Eugene

Sat, 08/15/2020 - 9:00am

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Phyllis Berman

Sat, 08/15/2020 - 10:00am

Torah In Challenging Times with Rabbi Yael

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 10:00am

Of Interest

High Holy Days 5781

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Our High Holy Day preparations have begun.  Standing in the Truth of These Times: Remembering Who We Are and Calling Forth and Claiming Who We Will Be is the theme that will be revisited throughout the season. If you are considering joining our online services and holiday programming, please consider completing this form and we will be in touch. Thank you. 

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 Graciela 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. 

Programming + Services in These Times

At this point, all of Mishkan Shalom's offerings are all virtual. To the left on the page is a scrolling calendar. You can click on most of the events to receive the Zoom link for that event. To see all the events on the calendar, you can click here.

At this point in time, we are throwing our doors open wide to people who are not affiliated with any synagogue or those who want to drop in from time to time. You may find yourself comforted by our rabbis and our community. Be well + stay well. 

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

We Are Made in These Times

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

— Wendell Berry, Collected Poems

I am grateful to have returned a month ago from sabbatical to be with all of you, albeit in the same home office I had been in since mid-March when the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated this. I also share with many of you I have spoken with, the disorientation and challenge of our times, As a more extroverted and social person I find my wings clipped without interacting with you face to face as a community notwithstanding the blessing of being able to connect through various screens.

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