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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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Office Closed Memorial Weekend

Fri, 05/27/2022 (All day)

Weekend In The Woods

Fri, 05/27/2022 - 5:00pm - Sun, 05/29/2022 - 5:00pm
Mishkan Shalom's Weekend in the Woods is a golden opportunity to get away from the city and spend time with friends in the beautiful Pocono Mountains at Camp Havaya.  Enjoy low-key programming such as jewelry making, other crafts, and a campfire, or be more active and enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, and boating!    Services and spiritual offerings are in the great outdoors. Sign-up details to come shortly.  Enjoy and Relax!   All Mishkan Members and Mishkan-Curious are welcome.   Questions - contact co-chairs, Lisagail Zeitlin or Lisa Moss:    


Torah Study

Sat, 05/28/2022 - 9:00am

Shabbat Service Led By Phyllis Berman On Zoom

Sat, 05/28/2022 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Office Closed Memorial Day

Mon, 05/30/2022 (All day)

Spiritual Direction with Meredith Barber

Mon, 05/30/2022 - 8:00am

Board Meeting

Tue, 05/31/2022 - 6:30pm

Of Interest

Join Mishkan Shalom

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Mishkan Shalom is blessed to draw from a broad geographic area with a synagogue building with multiple tenants in Manayunk-Roxborough area in NW Philadelphia, as well as a thriving community of online participants around the world. We invite you to contact Rosalind Spigel, Membership Board Representative, with any questions and/or to arrange for a tour of the synagogue and to meet with Rabbi Shawn Zevit. We want to make sure you have every opportunity to get to know us, and for us to get to know you, as you consider membership in Mishkan Shalom.

An affiliate of Reconstructing Judaism, you’ll find a spiritual home with profound and dynamic services celebrating Shabbat, holidays and life cycle events; Jewish social and cultural gatherings; a vibrant calendar of programs, speakers and special events; and a welcoming community of members of every age and stage.

Read Our New Covenant For Re-Gathering



Effective Since 12/1/2021, Updated 4/6/2022

We are thrilled to be re-gathering both online and in person. Mishkan's Hashiveynu Committee has updated our covenant for in-person services and programming. We will continue to offer hybrid and online services for those who are unable to attend in person. All congregants and their guests must agree to this covenant to ensure the health and safety of all.

Registration and attendance for any in-person gathering requires agreeing to the following covenant:

Shavuot: Celebrate our Feast of Weeks

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Shavuot 5783/Saturday Evening, June 4, 2022:

Shavuot: Celebrate our Feast of Weeks | Mishkan Shalom- In Person and on Zoom: RSVP Required to Rabbi Shawn Zevit

On Saturday evening, 6/4/2022, celebrate the Festival of Shavuot Mishkan Shalom with friends and guest teachers. We will be sharing offerings throughout the night as we open to what the Torah of our times has to reveal to us.

Spend Memorial Day Weekend In the Woods With Mishkan Friends

Join Us For Weekend in the Woods
Register NOW for the Mishkan Shalom Weekend in the Woods retreat to be held on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29, at Camp Havaya in the Poconos.    You can visit our webpage for more information, a link to the registration form, our FAQ, and some 

Fabulous News: Mishkan@ 30 Campaign Update

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We did it! We have gone beyond $965,000 in pledges! (Can you imagine if we get to $1 million?) THANK YOU to all our donors. We are still scheduling conversations and thank you all for prompt payments. Click here to learn how your contribution has benefited our community or to make a payment.

Live & Learn with Rabbi Shawn and Guests

 In this Live and Learn series, Rabbi Shawn Zevit enters conversations with a number of Mishkan members. It enables us to learn Jewish perspectives on a variety of topics, and know the personal journeys of members of our community. The conversations explore their work in the world as it relates to our core Statement of Principles, with a particular focus on themes of racial and climate justice. For those of you who were not able to join us, we are sharing selections from the 2020-2021 episode

Click here for additional Life Long Learning Adult Education Programs

Mishkan Leadership Plans for 5782 and Beyond

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Mishkan’s Board of Directors and Rabbi Shawn gathered at Historic Rittenhouse Town for a retreat in late July. They discussed priorities for 5782 and the years ahead. Rabbi Shawn set the tone for the retreat with an explanation of the significance of the High Holidays as ushering in a Shmitah year. Rabbi explains that this is ".... a year to step back, let go, rebalance, and reconsider, both in our congregational life and in our personal lives."

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.

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


This Great Light of Ours

I pray you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebrations filled with gratitude and connections with family and the month ahead. The weeks that included and surrounded these holidays provide opportunities to focus on commonality even where there are differences, and on the enduring importance and nurturing of relationships, making sure those in need have a place and sustenance to share in the bounty, and rededicating ourselves to our Jewish values and traditions. It is the reflection of us living, as Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan framed Jewish life in North America- in multiple civilizations at once. This includes the deep Jewish practice of “Hoda’ah” of offering gratitude and at least One Hundred blessings and thanks a day for a healthy soul diet.

During these Hebrew calendar months of Kislev and Tevet, we commemorated Human Rights Shabbat on December 4th, and honored and welcomed more than a dozen new member households since last year at this time!

We ushered in Kislev with an eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, our Festival of Lights and Rededication. We  gathered communally with our school families, lit candles every night and gathered together online for our first of three annual Community Meetings.

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