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Mishkan at the Phila MLK DARE March

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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Community Meeting

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Sun, 04/19/2015 - 10:00am

Please join us to share in discussing our recent accomplishments, hear where we stand financially, discuss how to implement our new strategic plan and join with your fellow Mishkan members in sharing news and announcements. All members are encouraged to attend and participate in this aspect of our community life.

Mishkan Welcomes jKidPhilly Family Program with Gabby!

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Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:30pm

Little Hands Make A Big Difference

Kids ages 2 - 6, and their grown-ups, are invited for a fun afternoon doing a mitzvah project, singing, stories and snacks! Weather permitting, we'll enjoy Mishkan's beautiful garden. We'll be making breakfast bags for people in need, so we're asking everyone

One Book Mishkan Panel Discussion: God in an Expanding Universe

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Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:00pm

Rabbi Michael Yondorf, Joseph Dougherty & Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Our well-loved panel discussion returns with a stellar cast of expert commentators set to explore a range of questions beginning with our One Book and building on its varied themes. Dr. Harold Gorvine moderates; reception to follow.

Rosh Hodesh Iyar: Bless the New Moon

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Mon, 04/20/2015 - 7:00pm

Please join the celebration of the new moon of Iyar with Mishkan Shalom’s open Rosh Hodesh group, now in our 6th year. Honoring our Jewish calendar and its roots in earth-based spiritual traditions, we let the moon choose the evening of our gathering…

Israel Independence Day Guest Speaker: Rachel Winner

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Thu, 04/23/2015 - 7:30pm

Welcome Rachel Winner, Project and Development Manager of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem. Learn about the Israeli-Palestinian/interfaith cooperation work that “Interfaith Sustain” is doing in Jerusalem and the larger area especially in this Shmita year.

Tot, Gan, Alef-Bet Potluck Dinner and Shabbat Family Program with Julie

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Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:45pm

Delight in our little ones at this Community Potluck Dinner -- all are welcome! Rabbinic Intern Julie Benioff continues her monthly Shabbat Family Program, exploring some of the relevant lessons of the week's Torah portion and select Shabbat prayers.

Kabbalat Shabbat: A Soulful, Musical Service led by Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:30pm

Musical members Rina Maschler & Joel Silver add their special musical touch to our gathering. Let go of the week; welcome the Sabbath. Join us in celebrating the gift of community; dwell in the peace of Shabbat.

Of Interest

Celebrating Rabbi Yael: Counting Our Blessings: Saturday, May 2

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Please join special guests Rabbi Brian Walt and Rabbi Sheila Weinberg as we joyously celebrate Rabbi Yael’s twenty years with Mishkan Shalom with a festive dinner, program and dancing!
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"Out of Cordoba:" Rabbi Shawn Joins Director in Post-Film Q & A

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Sunday, April 19 2:00 P.M. at Masjidullah-Center for Human Excellence

The film explores the dramatic lives of Ibn Rushd (Averroes) the Muslim and Musa Ibn Maymun (Maimonides) the Jew, the two leading personalities from the city of Cordoba in Al-Andalus, and its heritage of convivencia (religious coexistence).

Rabbis & Rabble-Rousers: Mishkaners in Print, Online & On the Air

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Rabbi Shawn Zevit and member rabbis Arthur Waskow and Nancy Fuchs Kreimer called out for liberation from narrow straits during the recent Passover Week. Rabbi Arthur was interviewed by NPR, re-visiting his seminal Freedom Seder; Rabbi Nancy adds her voice to the outcry against anti-Islamic ads now on SEPTA buses in the Huffington Post. Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's story on the MLK D.A.R.E. Coalition March;

12th Annual Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation Sun., April 26, 2 - 6 p.m.

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Beginning at the Al Aqsa Center, 1501 Germantown Ave., join us for a "walking dialogue towards peace and justice" among individuals of many faiths: Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans, Baha'i and others, as well as secular participants. Transport for non-walkers is available.

Weekend in the Woods May 29, 30, 31 Registration Form Here!

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Come for all or part of our great retreat weekend!

Rabbi Shawn, long-time retreatniks and relative newcomers all look forward to welcoming you to Camp JRF, in the lush and lovely Pocono Mountains. Read what fellow Mishkaners have to say (including “The retreat is one of the highlights of my year!") and find full details

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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

Passover and More

April/Nisan-Iyar 2015, 5775

I was at the last evening of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association convention in Toronto when the news of the outcome of the Israeli election filtered in.

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