Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning 

At Mishkan Shalom, we learn for life.

That means classes, workshops and experiences to stretch your mind, use your body, inspire your creativity and deepen your engagement with Judaism.

It means that no matter your age or expertise, you can try something new, make friends, share experiences and join a community of learners. All classes adhere to the current Mishkan Shalom Covid health protocols:

To learn more, or suggest a course you'd like to take, or teach, please contact Rabbi Shawn Zevit.

If you have registration questions, please contact our office manager, Maria Paranzino, 215-508-0226, ext. 1000

Please note: For classes with registration fees, there are subsidies available. Simply pay what you are able and make a note in the payment note for each separate class so we can track this.


Live and Learn series, Rabbi Shawn Zevit enters conversations with a number of Mishkan members. It enables us to learn Jewish perspectives on a variety of topics, and know the personal journeys of members of our community. The conversations explore their work in the world as it relates to our core Statement of Principles, with a particular focus on themes of racial and climate justice. 


Art and Spirit with Rabbinic Intern Noah Lind Dor

Thursdays, 6-8pm: April 13, 20, 27, May 4 and 11 (5 sessions)

Registration closes Friday, April 4. Minimum 6 participants.

Meeting at Mishkan Shalom, Heschel-King room


What does it mean to be b'tselem elohim (Genesis 1:27), Humans are made "in the image/likeness" of the Divine Creator? I interpret this to mean everyone has the capacity for creative expression and the divine is reflected in everything we create. We'll explore the power of an artistic practice to give us insight and a sense of connectedness. Each week we will use different materials to access a playful vulnerability and gain a multifaceted understanding of ourselves as creative beings. We will engage with texts that explore intersections of art and spirituality. 

No prior experience or skills required. This class is designed for absolute beginners, experienced artists, and anyone in between.

$65 for members and $95 for non-members, (includes costs for supplies)

To pay, go to

For type, choose Adult Education. In Payment Notes, type "Art and Spirit class".


Watering Our Souls: Tracing the Power of Water in Text & Ritual with Rabbinic Intern Alana Krivo-Kaufman

Wednesdays 6:30-8pm: May 3, 10, 17, 24 (4 sessions)

Registration closes Friday, April 28. Minimum 6 participants.


Hybrid-Learning – you can meet us in the Wissahickon (at Kitchen’s Lane) to walk & talk by the river, or join us from wherever you Zoom. (For in-person learning rain location is Mishkan Shalom)


Water in our texts flows through our God-imagery, our understandings of creation, sustenance, liberation, and transformation. How can these images and understandings sustain our souls? Through study we will explore ways to integrate them into our ritual life. We will begin and end together, in a hybrid format across outdoors to online. We will then spend time in pairs (chevrutah) to take a deeper dive into our texts, taking time to walk & talk or sit and kibbutz from wherever you are. Any and all relationships to text, water, walking and ritual are welcome! 

This course is inspired by and will explore Rabbi Toba Spitzer’s work as well as Torah, Psalms, Midrash and beyond.

$40 for members and $60 for non-members

To pay, go to

For type, choose Adult Education. In Payment Notes, type "Watering our Souls class".



2:00pm in person only at Mishkan Shalom

Cost $40 (covers costs of materials)

Questions Contact:  Wendy Galson

To pay, go to

For type, choose Adult Education. In Payment Notes, type Soul Collage class.


Mah Jongg Learn how to play this ancient Chinese tile game and then:

Join the Monday night Mah Jongg fun at Mishkan! Mah Jongg mavens meet every Monday from 7:00-9:00 pm for Open Play.

To register, email with a copy of your Covid vaccination card.

To pay, go to

For type, choose Adult Education. In Payment Notes, type Mah Jongg class.


Spiritual Direction: Currently Weekly on Zoom 
Led by Dr. Meredith Barber
No fee

Jewish Spiritual Direction is a process of exploring our connection with what we experience as sacred. Please come promptly at 9:00 a.m. so we may begin together. 

Meredith Barber is a trained Spiritual Director; she has been a leader of Mishkan Shalom's monthly Spiritual Direction Circle for many years. This work combines a number of her passions, including group work, spiritual exploration and creativity. A psychologist for over 20 years, she leads groups and teaches graduate-level classes in psychotherapy. Meredith completed the Lev Shomea program in Jewish Spiritual Direction.

Click here to learn more about Jewish Spiritual Direction 


Torah Study

Shabbat (Saturday) mornings, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.: weekly on Zoom, No Fee

Every Shabbat morning, year-round, we gather to read, discuss, question and explore the week’s Torah portion in sessions led by Mishkan rabbis, members and friends of the community. Together, we become both teachers and students. Adults and teens, members and visitors are all welcome. If you’d like to lead a session or have questions about Torah study, Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu, Torah Study Coordinator, welcomes your inquiries.

Click here to learn more about our weekly Torah Study.


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