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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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A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael, via Zoom

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Sat, 06/06/2020 - 10:00am

We come down from the Mountain into the state of our country and the world. Guided by this week’s Torah portion, Naso, we will place the sacred at the center as we gather energy, resources and sustenance for the journeys ahead.  Mishkan member, Ali Michael will share reflections about the events of this past week and participants from around the country and Canada will offer songs and chants. 

Mitzvah Menshes via Zoom with Michelle

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 6:00pm

Spiritual Direction with Meredith Barber viz Zoom

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 8:00am

Restful and Restorative Meditation with Abby Ruder

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 4:00pm

Solos Gathering with Susan Schewel via Zoom

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 7:00pm

Spiritual Life Committee Meeting via Zoom

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 7:00pm

Board Meeting via Zoom

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 6:30pm

Of Interest

Celebrate Shavuot with Mishkan Shalom & P'nai Or

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Celebrate the Festival of Shavuot with Pnai Or and Mishkan Shalom's R. Shawn Zevit, R. Marcia Prager, Hazzan Jack Kessler and guest teachers throughout the night as we open to what the Torah of our times has to reveal to us. Will include connection time from 7:30-8:00pm, Service from 8:00-8:30pm, then a variety of learning sessions, meditation, discussion, song and midnight chanting of the Prophet Ezekiel's message. Click here for more information.

Programming + Services in These Times

At this point, all of Mishkan Shalom's offerings are all virtual. To the left on the page is a scrolling calendar. You can click on most of the events to receive the Zoom link for that event. To see all the events on the calendar, you can click here.

In addition to services, we are offering many ways to feel supported in these very tough times. We also have started a craft/knitting circle for those who want a different kind of comfort and our Tuesday Talks, led by Mishkan members promises to be fun and enlightening. You will find these on the calendar

At this point in time, we are throwing our doors open wide to people who are not affiliated with any synagogue or those who want to drop in from time to time. You may find yourself comforted by our rabbis and our community. Be well + stay well. 

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

The Month of Revelation and the Fruits of Summer

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The Torah was given in public, openly in a free place. For had the Torah been given in Eretz Yisrael, the Israelites could have said to the nations of the world,“You have no share in it.” But now that it was given in the wilderness publicly and openly in a place that is free for all, everyone who wishing to accept it could….Another reason: to avoid causing dissension among the tribes. Else one might have said,“In my territory the Torah was given…therefore the Torah was given in the desert, publicly and openly, in a place belonging to no one.

– Mechilta de R. Ishmael (Ex. 19.2, 20.2)

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