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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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Ring the Bells that Still Can Ring: An Alternative Inauguration Day Gathering

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Fri, 01/20/2017 - 8:00am

Through Meditation, Prayer, Song, Yoga, Connection to Each Other and the Earth we will gather in support of one another on this day. The songs and poetry of Leonard Cohen will comprise the morning prayers and special kavannot/intentions will be held in meditation, music and yoga. We will move into action through ecological restoration work.  See the schedule below:

Adult Ed - Finding the Voice Within: Where Creativity and Spirituality Meet

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Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Led by Meredith Barber and Julie Lipson

Creativity is a direct pathway to the Divine. Led by psychologist Dr. Meredith Barber and music therapist Julie Lipson, this monthly group combines music with spiritual direction and uses improvised words and melodies to connect to ourselves and our journeys. Let your creativity guide you to experience your path from a new angle.

Adult Ed - Engaging Judaism

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 10:00am

In this second session we will continue to study some of the foundational aspects to living a dynamic and conscious Jewish spiritual life. Combining creative contemporary Reconstructionist perspectives with Jewish tradition, we will study and explore through text, discussion, practice and creative expression: Shabbat, Prayer, Jewish Mysticism and the search for God-connection, kashrut, the Jewish year and lifecycle, text and tradition, and more!

Beyond the Wall: Images from Palestine

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Sun, 01/22/2017 - 3:00pm

In August 2015, a group of 11 Jews and Christians—including some from the Tikkun Olam Havurah and Germantown Mennonite Church—visited Palestine and Israel.  Participants and photographers Lowell Brown, Matt Feldman and Harvey Finkle documented the trip, and selected photos comprise this exhibit.

Full Kabbalat Shabbat! Community Potluck, Solar Energy info, Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service & Rosh Chodesh Celebration

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Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:45pm - 9:30pm

An invitation to join the Northwest Philly Solar Co-op, formed by a number of members of Mishkan Shalom and other organizations to help you partake in the clean energy revolution during dinner and Rosh Hodesh Celebration during services.  From the sun to the moon we've got energy. Potluck is veggie and nut-free, please.

A Way In Shabbat Morning Mindfulness Service & Lunch with Rabbi Yael Levy

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Sat, 01/28/2017 - 10:00am

Mindfulness Shabbat services are a unique weaving together of meditation and music with Jewish liturgy and texts. Led by Rabbi Yael Levy, they are held twice a month on a staggered schedule.

A Torah service and teaching focuses on the call of the week's portion

Teen Havdalah Cafe

Sat, 01/28/2017 - 7:00pm

Our first Teen Havdalah Cafe is this month! Join us on Saturday, January 28th, 7pm to 9pm in the Heschel King room, 3rd floor.

Teens share songs, poems, improv performances, or other talents or just come to hang out. Bring your friends!

$5 for members, $7 for non-members/guests. Snacks and beverages served.

Please RSVP to Please let me know if you would like to perform. I hope to see you there...always a great time!!!

Of Interest

RSVP! A Night of Many Dinners

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Are you a Mishkan member who loves to eat and would love to contribute to Mishkan's financial well-being?  Spend a lovely evening with friends at one of the yummy locations listed below. Some dinners are for families, others adult only.

Click here to learn more and to register. 

Lifelong Learning: A New Season Begins! Register Today for...

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...returning favorites and wonderful new offerings: ENGAGING JUDAISM, ALEPH ISN'T ENOUGH (HEBREW LEVEL II), LEADERSHIP FOR LIVING, LET IT RISE: CHALLAH BAKING and NAVIGATING THE PRAYERBOOK. Don't delay! Some classes need at least 10 people to run! Click here for full details and 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

Heshvan: A Breathing Space

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Traditionally, this month’s name, Heshvan, was sometimes preceded by the word mar, or bitter, making its name known to all as mar Heshvan. The month is deemed bitter because of the absence of celebrations, holidays and reflections. Before our ancestors began celebrating Hanukkah or Purim, there was no guarantee

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