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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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LimmudPhilly - Center City Kehillah's Program

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Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:00pm

Mishkan is participating in Center City Kehillah's program - an all volunteer Jewish learning festival that explores Jewish learning and culture in a vibrant, multi-perspective environment. 

Find out about the oganization and the festival at:

New Member, Human Rights Shabbat and First Shabbat School

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Sat, 12/10/2016 - 10:00am

This Shabbat, we join over 200 communities worldwide in commemorating the 9th annual Truah: Human Rights Shabbat focused on the intersection of Jewish values and universal human rights.  We look forward to welcoming our new members to this special Shabbat. Please join Rabbi Shawn Julie Beniof, Rabbi Michael Ramberg, Ami Yares and our Religious School on their first Shabbat School of the year. Kiddush follows services.

Village Havdalah- Hosts: Lisa & Alan Tuttle, Wynnewood Lisa Zahren & Homer Robinson, Mt Airy Clauda Apfelbaum & Jay Tarter, Germantown Tsurah and Yosaif August, Mt Airy

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Sat, 12/10/2016 - 6:00pm

Join a Mishkan Shalom Member Household for Havdalah and Dinner!
Village Havdalahs are an opportunity for Mishkan members and guests to spend Saturday evening with community in members’ home. The night will include a potluck at members’ homes at various locations thorughout the area. 

Hazon Food Festival & Teen Leadership Program

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Sun, 12/11/2016 - 10:00am

Rabbi Shawn, Rabbi Yael and our teens venture to the Hazon Philadelphia’s 4th Annual Food Festival will be held at the historic Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City Philadelphia this year. The Food Fest is welcoming and inclusive to people of all ages, levels of experience with food and cooking, and religious denominations and affiliations.

This year’s event will include a flexible morning, featuring a vibrant Community Market and various learning and community-building opportunities. All parts of the day will connect to the concept of Baal Tashchit, or minimizing food waste.

One Book Mishkan: The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai Kaplan

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Sun, 12/11/2016 - 3:00pm

Featuring Dr. Mel Scult, the official biographer of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. Kaplan's core ideas of Reconstructionist Judaism will be discussed in an interactive session.

Community Meeting

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Wed, 12/14/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Winter congregational meeting. Continue strengthening your engagment by joining us as we update and review the life of our community. Pizza and snacks will be available through the school concession stand.

A Way In Mindfulness Service Followed by Lunch & Yahrzeit Tile Dedication

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Sat, 12/17/2016 - 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 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. twice a month on a staggered schedule in the third floor chapel at Mishkan Shalom.  New Yahzeit tiles will be dedicated at 1:00 PM following lunch.

Of Interest

One Book Mishkan Author Mel Scult Speaks: Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 - 5 p.m.

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Join us for the opening program of our 12th annual series: “The Radical American Judaism of Mordecai Kaplan and its Meaning for Today." Find full details on our Library page.

Hanukkah Resources from our Rabbis

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As we approach the Festival of Lights, take some time to enrich your experience with readings and resources from our Rabbis, the Reconstructionist movement and A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Organization.

"Food for Thought" Teens Make #rainbowchallah

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Mishkan "Food for Thought" teens baked friendship and support into #rainbowchallah with beautiful dedications! They each enjoyed one and are giving one to a friend who might need some support. Click here to see a slideshow!

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


Visit Our YouTube Channel!

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New photo exhibit‬ opening: "From the Old Jim Crow to the New;" video of One Book Mishkan's civil rights panel; members' stories and more: Enjoy by clicking here.

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 that once the Festival of Sukkot ended in the fall, that they would see each other in Jerusalem six months later for Pesach/Passover. Today, we live in a different world, so in many ways, I see Heshvan as a breathing space-a month to let all that has transpired integrate into our very beings.

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