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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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Fold It Up - Making Hamentaschen

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Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:30pm

We hate Haman, but we don’t hate hamentaschen! Purim is a perfect example of the traditional Jewish story: they tried to destroy us, we won, let’s eat! Have you always wanted to know how to make hamentaschen, or just want to make them with your fellow Mishkaners? Come roll the dough and choose your favorite filling with Jean Brody in a hamentaschen-baking night of revelry. 

Jean will bring the ingredients; you bring a bowl, rolling pin, and cookie sheet so you can take your filled cookies home to finish baking.          

To ensure we have enough ingredients, PLEASE pre-register$10 members/$15 non-members

Purim costumes optional. 

Celebrations! Sensory Friendly Purim Event

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Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Join us for all of the fun of Purim--in a calm, low-key environment. The carnival will run 4:30-5:30pm and will include a Purim Science show by Wondergy, followed by Shabbat dinner.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 7:30pm

Come and relax into a musical Shabbat with Rabbi Shawn.

Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn and Claire

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Sat, 02/24/2018 - 10:00am

Rabbi Shawn and Rabbinic Intern Claire invite you to celebate Shabbt with music and prayer.

5778 Adult Ed - Pause & Refresh Your Soul: An Exploration of Shabbat Unplugging

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Sat, 02/24/2018 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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. 

LGBTQ Havadalah at Alexis and Ilene's Home

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Sat, 02/24/2018 - 7:00pm

Hebrew School, Tot Group and Teens Purim Carnival

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Sun, 02/25/2018 - 9:30am

Have fun at our joint Purim carnival with Or Hadash! This year we will be at Mishkan so it is super easy for you to attend! We start in the Chapel with a miniMegillah reading at 9:30. The carnival will go from 10-11:30 AM  and then we will eat together. 

Of Interest

Reconstructing Judaism Movement News

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Reconstructing Judaism is the new name of the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement, replacing the former: Reconstructionist Rabbinical College & Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. This phrase embodies the decades-long, evolving mission of all who have been a part of the Reconstructionist movement.

As many of you may already know, Reconstructing Judaism runs a rabbinical seminary, serves and supports our community and roughly 100 other congregations and havurot across North America and abroad, cultivates Jewish living that is relevant to today’s Jews, provides resources that foster Jewish learning, brings Jewish values to the public sphere and elevates youth at two Reconstructionist Jewish camps. We are proud to be affiliated with this organization and part of the Reconstructionist movement.

Honoring Rivka Jarosh

Mark your calendars, and plan to join us on Saturday evening, April 14, 2018, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, in a community celebration to honor Rivka Jarosh as she retires as Mishkan Shalom’s top educator. She has shown us her love for close to 30 years, day by day, week by week, in happy times and in times of stress and hardship. It’s time for us to show her how much we love her back!

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 are done by two additional members and the result is a professional, robust glimpse into 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

“More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.”

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“More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews. Ahad Ha’am (Asher Ginsberg, poet, philosopher, 1856-1927)

by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

These winter months invite us to feel gratitude for shelter, warmth and connection. We may even pull back and look at what is essential to our daily routines, especially when winter challenges our mobility or regular, driven schedules. Of course, “pulling-back” in our times, is a luxury, a privilege and simply not an option for many of us given the issues we face locally, nationally and globally.

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