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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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Erev Rosh Hashanah-Candle Lighting and Reflection

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Sun, 10/02/2016 - 6:00pm

Rosh Hashanah Services led by Rabbis Shawn Zevit

We gather at Mishkn Shalom and welcome the Jewish New Year, 5777, with song, prayer and spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. An Oneg follows the service, giving us the opportunity to reconnect with old and new friends and welcome new members.

Special Guests: Shabbat Shuvah Service with Rabbi Shawn and Julie Benioff

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Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:00am

Join Rabbi Shawn and guests, Mishkan member Teya Sepinuck, Police Captain Altovise Love-Craighead, Pastor Nicholas O’Rourke, of Living Waters Church and organizer for Live Free! Ending Racial Injustice Campaign for POWER and learn about a new Theatre of Witness / CultureTrust of Phila collaboration'Walk in my Shoes" which brings police together with people who have lived through racial targeting and/or violence.  


Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:30pm

Fundraising Committee Meeting

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 6:30pm

Torah Study

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 9:00am

A Way In Mindfulness Service with Rabbi Yael Followed by Lunch

Sat, 10/01/2016 - 10:00am

No School

Sun, 10/02/2016 - 9:30am

Of Interest

High Holy Days at Mishkan Shalom

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We welcome all who wish to share the many blessings of the Yamim Nora'im, the Days of Awe. We are proud to continue our tradition of opening our doors wide during this sacred season of prayer and reflection. We do not require tickets. This year, strength and movement/action invite us to engage with our deepest values as we work toward Tikkun Olam, Repair of the World.

Click here for full details about our High Holiday services. Whether attending all of our services or just one, your generous contribution enables us to offer ticket-free High Holiday services. Please click here to make your donations. Thank you and Shanah Tovah.

Back to School: Still Time to Register!

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Our exemplary, inclusive and creative Congregational School enters a new year under the direction of beloved Principal Rivka Jarosh. Returning and new teachers look forward to welcoming back Mishkan members' families and students. Members agree that watching one another's kids grow up at Mishkan is a pleasure! Click here to learn more about our school and meet our wonderful teachers.

Lifelong Learning: Registration Open!

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We're excited to offer an excellent roster of classes and gatherings for the fall season. Find full details on our Lifelong Learning offerings, and registration information, by clicking here.

Season of Remembrance: Honor Your Loved Ones with Yahrzeit Memorial Tiles

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Zichronot l'vrachot: May their memories be for a blessing. Learn more here.

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

Mishkan In the News

 Jewish Exponent: Freedom Summer’s Power Still Captivates, Inspires in New Exhibition at Mishkan Shalom


 Jewish Exponent: Local Luminaries Attend White House Chanukah Events


 Jewish Exponent: At Human Rights Shabbat, Their Aim Is T’ruah


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Rabbi Shawn's Blog

Toward Strength and Commitment: Deepening our Engagement and Growing Together

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This year is 5777 in the Jewish calendar. The Hebrew letters, which are also numbers, represent strength (Ohz-Ayin-Zayin) and forward movement (Zuz). This combination of strength and movement calls us to engage with our deepest values and communal principles.

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