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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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Mishkan Video Project: What Mishkan Means to Me

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Fri, 01/18/2019 - 4:30am - 7:30am

With special thanks to Barry Dornfeld, we are taping short interviews asking what Mishkan means to you.  We are scheduling people between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

PLEASE contact Gari Weilbacher to schedule a time slot:

This is the first of a few upcoming opportunities.

Rabbi Joysa's Tot Shabbat Music Circle

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Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:30pm

Join Rabbi Joysa in the lobby for some Shabbat fun and music!

Community Potluck -- Meet and Greet Rabbi Brian Walt

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Fri, 01/18/2019 - 5:45pm

Get ready for a delicious Potluck meal! We will suply the main course and you are invited to please bring a side dish or dessert. We look forward to eating and socializing together. Please rsvp to: Please make sure your food is nut-free and vegetarian. 

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Brian and Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:30pm

We welcome Rabbi Brian Walt for a special weekend and celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat with his talk: Crossing the Sea: from bondage to liberation.

Martin Luther King Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn, Hebrew School, and Teens

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Sat, 01/19/2019 - 10:00am

Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Shawn, Jackie Jonas, Ali Michaels and David Love as part of our ongoing exploration of racial justice and white privilege.

Lifelong Learning: Walk the Talk with Steve Jones

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Sat, 01/19/2019 - 12:30pm

Walk the Talk” is a series of guided outdoor experiences in which participants learn about “reading” the natural landscape as a text. Participants walk for about an hour and a half in the nearby Wissahickon forest, observe the elements of the natural world, learn about ecological relationships, and study short Jewish texts.

$5/session (members & non-members). We will not collect money on Shabbat. Please register and pay in advance via the website.

Havadalah with Rabbi Brain Walt at Mishkan

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Sat, 01/19/2019 - 7:00pm

We will end our Shabbat weekend with Rabbi Brian with havdallah, refreshments and a conversation.  His topic will be:

For out of Zion shall go forth Torah, and the word of God, the Source of all life, from Jerusalem! (Siddur) And they shall come to my Holy Mountain…. My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.

Of Interest

MLK Weekend with Rabbi Emeritus, Brian Walt

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Join us for a special weekend with our founding rabbi, Rabbi Brian Walt. Spending time with Rabbi Brian will give us the opportunity to look back at our foundational roots, feel pride in where we are today and then gaze forward at what's ahead for this beloved congregation.

Our joyous Shabbat traditions will be a filled with good energy and good conversation while also honoring the work of R. Avraham Joshua Heschel and Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. The weekend begins with a potluck meal together, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat. We continue with Havdalah on Saturday evening. You may even want to participate in Mishkan's new videotaping project, courtesy of member, Barry Dornfeld.

Night of Many Dinners/Day of Many Brunches!

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Join Mishkan members on Saturday evening, Feb 9th for dinner or Sunday Feb 10th for brunch and support Mishkan while enjoying good food and good conversation! Click here to register.

Tu B'shvat!

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Join us on Sunday evening at 7:00 pm to celebrate this special holiday. Details here.

Time to Sign up for Brit HaMishkan

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It's time to sign up for Brit Mishkan! What better way to celebrate a simcha, or remember a loved one, than in the warm, caring company of your Mishkan family? For this Brit HaMishkan, all member households are asked to select a date from our calendar of Shabbat services and host a Kiddush or potluck. Please choose a date and read all the details by clicking here.

Phila Inquirer Coverage of Our Human Rights Shabbat

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

Study, Reflect, Create: Lifelong Learning Winter/Spring Registration is Open!

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New topics & teachers join our roster of classic courses & cherished leaders: Click here for full details on classes & registration.

A Teaching for These Times from Rabbi Yael

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In this season the Torah brings on the Israelites journey out of Egypt, across the red sea  to the wilderness Sinai.  Here they stand together at the mountain and experience the call of the 10 utterances—the 10 commandments.

  1. I am, I was, I will be.  I am the unfolding of all that is. I am constant transformation calling you forward to be.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Enjoy the video snippets from Rivka Jarosh's retirement party. Then watch #ThatsMyRabbi Shawn Zevit plays in the band for Rev. Dr. William Barber's touring Revival! What a night of lively music, righteous testimony and heartfelt call for justice. Enjoy this and more by clicking 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

Roots and Branches-Rabbi Brian Walt’s Return, MLK Weekend & Tu B’Shevat

Blessings for this new secular year. With advent of 2019 we continue to keep our eyes on the good- where we need to live, learn and lead from our Jewish values and convictions. Staying spiritually awake, emotionally open-hearted and mindfully activist is especially prominent for us as a Jewish community this month when Rabbi Brian Walt, our founding rabbi will join us for MLK weekend, a variety of activities around racial, economic and environment justice will be underway and the ancient “New Year for the Trees” or Tu B’Shevat are coinciding.

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