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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 Pop-Up Shabbat

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 6:00pm

Torah Study - Lech Lecha with Rabbi Yael

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Sat, 10/20/2018 - 9:00am

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael, Followed By Lunch

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Sat, 10/20/2018 - 10:00am

Shabbat Lech Lecha

Go forth, the Mystery calls. Go beyond who you have been, go beyond what you know and discover a vastness that expands your wildest imagination. Each of us are called into the fullness of our lives again and again. This Shabbat we listen for these calls as we gather the courage and faith to respond.
Services followed by lunch provided by A Way In
All are welcome.

Adult Ed - Walk the Talk with Steve Jones

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Sat, 10/20/2018 - 12:30pm

“Walk the Talk” is a series of guided outdoor experiences in which participants learn about “reading” the natural landscape as a text. Participants walk for about an hour and a half in the nearby Wissahickon forest, observe the elements of the natural world, learn about ecological relationships, and study short Jewish texts. $5/session (members & non-members). We will not collect money on Shabbat.

Please register and pay in advance via the website.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 10/26/2018 - 7:30pm

Join us as we welcome Shabbat with music and meaning. 

Torah Study with Tsurah August

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Sat, 10/27/2018 - 9:00am

Shabbat Service - B'nai Mitzvah Max and Maya Rodgers with Rabbi Shawn

Sat, 10/27/2018 - 10:00am

Of Interest

A Teaching for These Times from Rabbi Yael

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Dear Friends,

This is a difficult week in our nation’s history. For many of us it was a week of bitter and painful defeat.  I found myself tumbling into deep despair and have had a hard time finding solid ground upon which to stand. It happens that I spoke about this a few weeks ago on Yom Kippur, asking the question: How do we keep on rising and acting for good in the face of defeat, in the face of seeing what we most love and value trampled, desecrated?

Renew Your Ties To Our Beloved Community: Renew Your Membership in Mishkan Shalom!

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Find full details, online & downloadable registration forms & payment options for Membership Renewal & New Member Registration and Congregational School Registration. (Teen Program, Pathways to Confirmation, Celebrations! and Mitzvah Mensches registrations coming soon!)

Time to Sign up for Brit HaMishkan

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It's time to sign up for Brit Mishkan! What better way to celebrate a simcha, or remember a loved one, than in the warm, caring company of your Mishkan family? For this Brit HaMishkan, all member households are asked to select a date from our calendar of Shabbat services and host a Kiddush or potluck. Please choose a date and read all the details by clicking here.

Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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Enjoy the video snippets from Rivka Jarosh's retirement party. Then watch #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

From the New Year into the Open Space of Heshvan

From the New Year into the Open Space of Heshvan

Now it is 5779.  The once-thin saplings
Have grown tall and blossomed
As have many of our dreams.
Now, as then, we continue to discover who we are
And dream of who we might become.
Now, as then, we treasure the past
And face forward.
~ Carol Towarnicky 5779/2018

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