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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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Purim Fun! Our Hebrew School Will Join Together For A Student-Written Purim Spiel Followed By Viewing A Professional Theater Production.

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 9:15am

Library Committee Meeting

Sun, 02/28/2021 - 4:00pm

Torah In Challenging Times with Rabbi Yael

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 11:00am

Spiritual Direction with Meredith Barber via Zoom

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 8:00am

Restorative Meditation with Abby Ruder

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 4:00pm

Awakening to the Day with Rabbi Shawn

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 8:00am

Hebrew School

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 5:45pm

Of Interest


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"For the dead and the living, we must bear witness"-Elie Wiesel

Join us this Saturday, February 27 at 10 a.m. as we pay tribute to the 236 men, women and children from the community of Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic who lost their lives during the Shoah.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! Night of Many Memories!

The most MEMORABLE fundraiser was a grand success. We exceeded our fundraising goal and seized the opportunity to meet beforehand in Mishkan's parking lot!  Thanks to all. 

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. The conversation explore their work in the world as it relates to our core Statement of Principles.

Here is a new resource from a recent International Jewish Clergy Conference, Racial Justice and Living Multiple Identities in Jewish Community - A case study w Rabbi Shawn Zevit, David Love, Julia Weekes and Judah Weekes.

Member Offerings for Contemplation

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As the month of Elul began, so did a new Mishkan initiative, The Elul Project. Members were invited to be active participants in communal Elul prep for the High Holy Days. We met in the early morning twice a week to hear the shofar and enjoyed sweet opportunities to learn from one another.

The project will continue under a new name but as we curate these changes, take a moment to enjoy what came our way during the month of Elul. 

Suggestions for Reading from the Library Committee

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Looking to explore issues of current interest? Delve a bit more deeply into certain topics? Just dabble in a few short stories? Lose yourself in a novel or memoir? Here's an array of suggestions for what to read next!

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

From Survival to Thriving

“In cities of sacred diversity...we organize ourselves and our shared resources...we sustain the poor...and visit the sick...and bury the dead...and comfort the bereaved...for these are ways of peace and wholeness.”

(Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Gittin)

Shalom dear friends! As I sit to write this article, I am keenly aware it arrives as the first year of global pandemic life comes full circle in the Jewish calendar. A year since Rabbi Yael, Spiritual Life and the extended Purim team assembled a satirical and joyful evening to help us cope with the surreal megillah that was our social and political landscape, and to find connection, strength, and uplift face to face amid the tumult.

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