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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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Men of Mishkan

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 7:00pm

Rosh Chodesh Elul

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 7:00pm

Elul Walk with Rabbi Shawn and Rabbinic Intern Claire Brunhild

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Wed, 08/23/2017 - 8:00am
If you can, join Rabbi Shawn and Claire for a short morning gathering to ritualize the beginning of the new Hebrew calendar month of Elul. Various customs arose sometime during the first millennium that designated Elul as the time to prepare for the High Holy Days. Because these days are filled with so much meaning and potency, they require a special measure of readiness. We will gather, weather permitting, outside the lower lobby doors (inside if raining) to connect in song and short study on Elul, then take some time individually in quiet around the grounds after which we will regather to share what has arisen and blow shofar to herald the new month of Elul, where it is a custom to recite Psalm 27 every day and blow shofar once in the morning. Here is more information about Elul.  

Torah Study

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 9:30am

Shabbat Service with Rivka Jarosh and Elise Kraemer

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 10:30am

Executive Committee Meeting

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 8:30am

Board Meeting

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 6:30pm

Of Interest

Yamim Nora'im: All Are Welcome at Ticketless High Holy Day Services

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We welcome all who wish to share the many blessings of the Yamim Nora'im, the Days of Awe, to join us for services, potluck meals and other gatherings from Selichot through Simchat Torah. High Holy Days at Mishkan Shalom are unique, participatory, inspiring, spirited and spiritual for adults and children alike.

Shabbat Services in the Summer

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A different 'flavor' is introduced into Shabbat morning services during the summertime, which begin at 10:30 in the third floor chapel, following Torah study at 9:30am in the 3rd floor Library. Starting on Saturday, 7/1/17, different member rabbis and lay leaders of the synagogue lead services, with just a couple of exceptions when Rabbi Shawn or Rabbi Yael lead. Come participate in a great opportunity  to experience services in a variety of creative options this summer.

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

Dvar Torah: Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17

Re’eh- “See this day, I set before you both blessing and curse… for you are about to cross the Yarden/Jordan.” The Torah narrative, and Moshe’s discourse with our ancestors, shifts from a recap of the past to an acknowledgement of the immensity of the moment in the life of the Jewish people. The place of descent or “yeridah” that is the Jordan River was before us then, as it is now (though infinitely thinner given the water siphoning upstream and general pollution and overuse). This journey is a descent for the sake of a crossing that must be engaged in consciously if we are to live into our promise as human beings, and as a people.

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