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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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Board Meeting

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 6:30pm

Teen Cafe

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00pm

Limmud Philly @ Moore College

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 10:00am

Library Book Discussion

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 4:00pm

5778 Adult Ed - Roll It Up: Rugelach Baking

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:00pm

Executive Committee Meeting

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 8:00am

Spirital Life Committee Meeting

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 6:00pm

Of Interest

Teen Havdalah Cafe w/ Special Guest Ami Yares

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Attention​ ​all​ ​Mishkan​ ​Shalom​ ​teens!  We​ ​are​ ​having​ ​our​ ​first​ ​Havdallah​ ​Cafe​ ​for​ ​the​ ​5778​ ​year!​ ​Please​ ​join​ ​us​ ​Saturday​ ​Nov​ ​18th​ ​from​ ​6pm to​ ​9pm​ ​in​ ​the​ ​social​ ​hall.​ ​We​ ​will​ ​explore​ ​our​ ​creative​ ​musical​ ​and​ ​artistic​ ​talents​ ​with​ ​special​ ​guest Ami​ ​Yares!​ ​This​ ​evening​ ​will​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​building​ ​community​ ​through​ ​music​ ​and​ ​present​ ​different​ ​ways we​ ​can​ ​be​ ​creatively​ ​inspired.​ ​Feel​ ​free​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​any​ ​teen​ ​friends​ ​who​ ​might​ ​be​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​joining and​ ​participating​ ​with​ ​us!​ ​This​ ​will​ ​be​ ​an​ ​exciting​ ​evening​ ​you​ ​won't​ ​want​ ​to​ ​miss!  Pizza​ ​dinner​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided.  Please​ ​RSVP​ ​to​ ​​ ​before​ ​Nov​ ​16th​ ​or​ ​call​ ​248.514.9776.

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 is done by two additional members and the result is a professional, robust glimpse into what is happening at Mishkan Shalom.

Click here to read the 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

Reflections from the Front Lines

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A year ago, the expected world contained a palette of possibility

Now the planet pulses and pounds against our indifference

Daily assaults on our sensibilities rattle our conscience

And taunt our deepest values as a nation and those

Forged in the near thirty years of our Mishkan Shalom’s communal foundry.

A year ago, many of us felt poised with hope and confidence in a new era of openness, caring and equity towards a more just and abundant society for all. We cheered that we had joined the global community to mitigate our ever-changing climate and deteriorating environment. However, different outcomes awaited us on the national and statewide scene.

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