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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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Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Rabbi Shawn

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Fri, 03/23/2018 - 7:30pm

Join us for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat. What a good way to end the week.

Torah Study - Tzav Shabbat Hagadol with Rabbi Yael

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Sat, 03/24/2018 - 9:00am

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

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Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:00am

During this Shabbat before Passover we will prepare ourselves for yitziat mitzriam—the going out of the narrow places into the expanse. Prayer, meditation and reflection will guide us in softening our hearts, widening our perspectives and clearing ourselves from what keeps us bound.

One Book Mishkan Screens "East of Eden"

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Sat, 03/24/2018 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

East meets West as the Library Committee presents the classic film East of Eden (1955), directed by Elia Kazan, starring James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives and Jo Van Fleet who won an Oscar for her role. As a special treat, we’ll play the audio of the skit about Adam and Eve – from a 1937 appearance by Mae West on Edgar Bergen’s radio show – that got the bawdy actress banned from radio for over a decade, and put a dent in her movie career.


Hebrew School

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 9:30am

Adult Ed-Rabbinic Perspectives on Prayer

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Sun, 03/25/2018 - 10:30am

Elsie Stern will guide you through texts from the mishnaic tractate Berakhot to explore how the early rabbis understood the purposes and practices of prayer. Texts will be read in English. 


Tue, 03/27/2018 - 7:00pm

Of Interest

Celebrating Rivka!

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It's a Celebration Party to honor Rivka Jarosh on April 14th as she retires as Mishkan Shalom’s top educator! We'll enjoy tacos and toasts as we shower her with love and appreciation for 30 years of devotion to the synagogue and her students. 

This will not be an ordinary fundraising event in honor of someone special- it's an INTERGENERATIONAL FIESTA! You'll enjoy food, song, tributes and more!! Click here for ticket and donation information.

MLK+50 Labor-Justice Interfaith Freedom Seder

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PLEASE JOIN US on Thursday April 5th @ 7:00 PM for a Seder Woven by The Shalom Center
To Reawaken and Renew The Prophetic Wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
During Passover in the 50th Year Since His Death

This new version of the Passover Seder weaves together four strands of wisdom in the struggle for justice and freedom: the ancient story of resistance to slavery under Pharaoh; more than a century of experience from the American labor movement; the wisdom of Dr.  Martin Luther King, who was murdered fifty years ago; and our own generation’s struggle to advance democracy in the teeth of efforts to destroy it.

Seder will be led by Rabbi Arthur Waskow of The Shalom Center
and Rabbi Shawn Zevit of Congregation Mishkan Shalom
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee

Please RSVP to Michael Hersch at or 215-668-5454

Suggested Donation is $20 per person and includes kosher for Passover dinner. Suggested Donation $20 and includes kosher for Passover dinner. No one will be turned away. Contact Michael Hersch at or 215-668-5454 for payment information.

Read Our Newsletter

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Each month, Kol Shalom, our monthly newsletter -- featuring articles by our rabbis, educators, leaders and committtees -- is lovingly produced by Mishkan members. Read what's happening at Mishkan Shalom: Click here to download the most 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

The Months of March & Nisan

"You must not sell weapons or accessories of weapons to those with ill intent,“ (Babylonian Talmud)"

 “The Source of Life said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.’” (Exodus 3:6)

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