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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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Pre-Passover Mindfulness Retreat

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 4:00pm

Softening the Heart, Strengthening the Spirit a Pre-Passover Mindfulness Retreat with Rabbi Yael.

Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey


Community Potluck Dinner, including the Tot Group

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Fri, 03/24/2017 - 5:45pm

All are welcome to join us for Community Potluck Dinner preceeding Kabbalat Shabbat Services led by Rabbi Shawn Zevit.

Bring dairy or vegetarian dishes to share (no shellfish, please).

Rejoice in our little ones! Come welcome Shabbat with us.

Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 03/24/2017 - 7:30pm

Let go of the week; welcome the Sabbath.

Dwell in the peace of Shabbat.

Saturday Nite at the Movies: God on Trial, a Library Committee One-Book Mishkan Event

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Sat, 03/25/2017 - 7:00pm

This BBC made-for-TV movie, dramatizes a trial conducted by inmates in an Auschwitz barracks where God is accused of breaking his covenant with the Jewish people. Although there is no firm evidence that such a trial ever happened, Elie Wiesel claimed to have seen something like it in the camp, and he based his play, The Trial of God, on this experience.

Rosh Chodesh

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Mon, 03/27/2017 - 7:00pm

The Netivah (pathway) of Nisan is the Na’arah, the Maiden. She honors action, commitment and courage, as expressed with joy, like Miriam with her timbral, through community and dance. She is the Flow that waters every garden. In this time of resistance and fighting for justice we need the river’s flow to help us navigate the obstacles that come our way. How is the river flowing through you? Join us for chant, ritual and fair trade chocolate as we prepare to leave Egypt and wander the wilderness.

Adult Ed - Let it Rise: Challah Baking, led by Elissa Goldberg and Anndee Hochman

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Thu, 03/30/2017 - 6:30pm

Join seasoned challah-makers Elissa Goldberg and Anndee Hochman to learn a generations-old family challah recipe; practice mixing, braiding and baking; and learn a bit of challah history and ritual.

Village Shabbat

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Fri, 03/31/2017 - 6:00pm

Enjoy a nice Shabbat meal with friends.  Choose a location and let your hosts know you are coming!

Hosts:  Nancy Fuchs Kreimer & Seth Kreimer-Mt Airy; Robin Leidner-Rittenhouse Square; Andrea Belasco & Brock Roben-Swarthmore; Gilda Sedgh-Merion Station.

Sign up here. 


Of Interest

Heartbeat Ensemble @ Mishkan!

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SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 29TH! @ 7:00 pm

This year's Sounds of Peace and Justice concert features the Israeli and Palestinian music ensemble, HEARTBEAT with Manal Malshi, Aaron Shneyer and Dana Herz with Ami Yares sitting in. After we make havdallah, we will celebrate the power of music to create social change, followed by dessert and conversation with the musicians.

Click here to buy tickets!

Click here to volunteerClick here to see a video!

POWER at Mishkan

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In the wake of the 2016 election, we are all looking for ways to get connected and work together to resist while we also build a movement for a just, fair, and inclusive society.  Here are some POWER events to get you in motion:

Holocaust Memorial Plaque

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We are currently creating a plaque with names of individuals and families who perished in the Shoah to be located in the niche near the top of the main staircase, where it will be part of our “Hall of Remembrance.”

Click here to download the form if you wish to participate. Please complete the form and return it to Mishkan by Thursday, February 23, 2017. Zichronam livracha — May their memories always be for a blessing.

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


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These days I think I am experiencing Purim as a daily show--larger than life characters operating on impulse and sometimes shadowy motives. Still in the midst of it all, there is a call to find strength through engaging in the hidden and revealed, in the masked and the exposed. Purim arrives!

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