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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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Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn & Ami Yares

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Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:30pm

Ami Yares joins Rabbi Shawn in creating a dynamic Kabbalat Shabbat service this week. Ami, who joined us at Mishkan Shalom’s Sounds of Peace and Justice concert last Spring, is a New Jersey-born, Jaffa-living, world traveling folk musician with a knack for making music that moves you physically, spiritually, & politically.

Torah Study with Rabbi Yael

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Sat, 04/21/2018 - 9:00am

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn and with Dalet, Hey and Vav Classes

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Sat, 04/21/2018 - 10:00am

5778 Adult Ed - Pause and Refresh

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Sat, 04/21/2018 - 4:30pm

Led by Rabbis Shawn and Simcha Zevit at their home in Mt. Airy (address provided upon registration). Monthly reflection, study and song that blend Shabbat afternoon tradition and reflection with text study, contemplation, prayer and spiritual practice, all connected to this year’s theme of keeping our eye on life- our commitments, choices, time and energy for the a sustainable and just world. 

Hebrew School - Mishkan-A-Thon

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Sun, 04/22/2018 - 9:30am

Please join us as we plant, dig, pull, scrape, laugh, haul, clean, muck, talk, rake, and appreciate each other on Mishkan’s grounds and in the Wissahickon Woods.

The Mishkanathon combines Tikkun Olam with fundraising for the Congregational School. This year, we have two large projects at Mishkan: planting and waterproofing our building. We will also have some groups working with the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers in the woods nearby (Daisy Field).

All Mishkan adults, children, and teens are warmly encouraged to join us, whether or not you have muscles or gardening knowledge. We are also asking each school family to raise $36.00 in sponsorship.

Contributions from the non-school community would also be greatly appreciated.

Tot Group with Rivka

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Sun, 04/22/2018 - 9:45pm

Our theme is Israel and its connection to many peoples including the Jews in honor of Israel Independence Day.  We will do some Hebrew through movement, sing songs of Israel and hear stories about Israel. Let Rivka know if you are coming so we can have enough supplies for the art project.


Hebrew School

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 6:15pm

Of Interest

Celebrating Rivka: What a Night!

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What a great night! Watch this space for the tribute video featuring Mishkan members created by Jordan Mann. You can still make a donation to Mishkan Shalom in her honor! 


We Welcome Our New Education Director, Rabbi Joysa Winter!

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Rabbi Joysa Winter is excited to become the new director of education at Mishkan Shalom. For R. Joysa, Jewish learning has always been at the heart and soul of her Jewish identity; she attended rabbinical school with the hope of one day becoming an ed director for a congregation, to help create lifelong learning opportunities for singles and families. R. Joysa taught 3rd grade at Mishkan Shalom in 2007 and loved the congregation's commitment to pluralism and belief in "praying with one's feet."

Weekend in the Woods June 8 - 10 Registration is Open!

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Don't miss Mishkan's amazing Weekend in the Woods! Members, prospective members, their family and friends are all welcome! Secure your housing choice: Click here for full details and REGISTER TODAY!

Read Our Newsletter

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Each month, Kol Shalom, our monthly newsletter -- featuring articles by our rabbis, educators, leaders and committtees -- is lovingly produced by Mishkan members. Read what's happening at Mishkan Shalom: Click here to download the most recent issue.

Study, Reflect, Create: Lifelong Learning 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.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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#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

The Opportunities of Nisan & Iyar

As we enter fully into the Jewish months of Nisan and Iyar, we will have opportunities to dialogue, organize, learn and pray, celebrate and wrestle with ideas of oppression and liberation in our personal lives, in our nation, and in the larger world.

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