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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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Torah Study - Mikeytz with Rabbi Yael

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Sat, 12/16/2017 - 9:00am

Pause and Refresh Your Soul

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Sat, 12/16/2017 - 4:30pm

Join Rabbi Shawn and Rabbi Simcha in their home for monthly reflection, study and song that blend Shabbat afternoon tradition and reflection with text study, contemplation, prayer and spiritual practice.

Tot Group with Rivka

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Sun, 12/17/2017 - 9:45am

Join us for fun with Hanukah, Hebrew, singing and playing. Snacks will be served. Let Rivka know if you will be attending!

5778 Adult Ed - Navigating the Prayerbook

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Sun, 12/17/2017 - 10:30am

While each service has its own flavor, all Jewish prayer services share a similar "plot." In these workshops, Mishkan member Elsie Stern will introduce the story line of Jewish prayer services and explore how the individual prayers fit into the common structure of every service.

Rosh Chodesh Tevet

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Sun, 12/17/2017 - 7:00pm

We meet at the beginning of a 2 day Rosh Hodesh that includes Hag Habanot, Day of the Daughters, a time in North African Jewish communities when mothers would give their daughters gifts and pass on inheritances. What have we inherited from our mothers and what is the legacy we wish to leave for our daughters at this time in history?

Torah Study - Vayigash with Rabbinic Intern Claire Brunhild

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Sat, 12/23/2017 - 9:00am

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael and Claire, Followed By Lunch

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Sat, 12/23/2017 - 10:00am

Of Interest

Read Our Newsletter

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Each month, our newsletter, Kol Shalom, is lovingly produced by Mishkan members. Each issue features articles by our rabbis, leaders and educators. Editing and graphic design is done by two additional members and the result is a professional, robust glimpse into what is happening at Mishkan Shalom.

Click here to read the 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

Bringing Light Into the Darkness

I pray you all had a connecting and gratitude-filled Thanksgiving week. I hope that around the table with your friends or family, or with whomever you spent some time, you took time to share your gratitude for life and each other, to focus on commonality even where there are differences, and on the enduring importance and nurturing of diverse relationships.

As we head towards this Hebrew calendar month of Kislev and Tevet, we are following up last year’s successful three Shabbat School Saturday’s, with the first of four, Shabbat morning, December 9th, in which we will have our member R. Michael Ramberg and special guests from the New sanctuary Movement with us, our Teen Leadership participants with Claire Brunhild, as we commemorate Human Rights Shabbat, and honor New and Founding Members of Mishkan Shalom. Quite a packed day!

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