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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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Community Open Circle: Care for the Soul w Rabbi Shawn

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 7:00pm

We gather together for mutual support in these challenging times. With song, meditation and reflection we will soothe and strengthen our souls.

Everyone is welcome.

Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Shabbat Services - Rabbi Shawn & Gabby Kaplan-Mayer

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Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:30pm

February is Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month (JDAIM) - a unified national initiative to raise disability awareness and support efforts to foster inclusion within the Jewish community. Mishkan educator Gabby Kaplan-Mayer will share a reading from her new book The Little Gate-Crasher

Torah Study - Mishpatim w/ Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu

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Sat, 02/25/2017 - 9:00am

Please join us on the third floor, in the Library, as we engage with the text and share our knowledge and questions with each other.

Shabbat Service: Holocaust Memorial with Rabbi Shawn, Ron Goldwyn and Carol Towarnicky

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Sat, 02/25/2017 - 10:00am

Each year in mid-winter, Mishkan honors its Holocaust Torah and the destroyed Jewish community of Uherske Hradiste in the Czech Republic from which it came.

Lifelong Learning: Walk the Talk: Knowing Nature through a Jewish Lens

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Sat, 02/25/2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Meet at Mishkan, then carpool to the woods. Led by Steve Jones.

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, learn about ecological relationships among forest creatures, make blessings, and study short Jewish texts.

Rosh Chodesh - Adar

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Sun, 02/26/2017 - 7:00pm

Rosh Hodesh Adar will feature teachings first shared by Gabrielle S, (preparing for her Bat Mitzvah), about modern day slavery, and Gabrielle’s campaign to make Mishkan Shalom a Fair Trade congregation.

POWER Meet + Greet

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Wed, 03/01/2017 - 6:30pm

Learn what POWER is and does, what is happening around the city, and how to get involved in POWER. This is the gathering for you.  Please join us.  RSVP or Questions.

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Heartbeat Ensemble @ Mishkan!

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SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 29TH! @ 7:00 pm

This year's Sounds of Peace and Justice concert features the Israeli and Palestinian music ensemble, HEARTBEAT with Manal Malshi, Aaron Schneyer and Dana Herz with Ami Yares sitting in. After we make havdallah, we will celebrate the power of music to create social change, followed by dessert and conversation with the musicians.

Registration opens next week.  Click here to see a video!

POWER at Mishkan

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In the wake of the 2016 election, we are all looking for ways to get connected and work together to resist while we also build a movement for a just, fair, and inclusive society.  Here are some POWER events to get you in motion:

Holocaust Memorial Plaque

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We are currently creating a plaque with names of individuals and families who perished in the Shoah to be located in the niche near the top of the main staircase, where it will be part of our “Hall of Remembrance.”

Click here to download the form if you wish to participate. Please complete the form and return it to Mishkan by Thursday, February 23, 2017. Zichronam livracha — May their memories always be for a blessing.

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

Roots and Branches - Tu B’Shvat: The New Year of the Trees

We enter this winter month following record high temperatures last month yet again. One may argue this is true for many of us both internally and externally. It was not that long ago that our country joined the global community in signing and supporting the International agreement on Climate Change in Paris and intensifying our attention to issues of environmental (inc. economic and racial) justice in our society.

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