Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning 5780: January - June 2020

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.

Explore our offerings for 5780 and plan to join us!

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To register and pay online:
Click the link below course descriptions with fees.

To register by phone or e-mail:
Provide your name, contact information and the course for which you're registering to, or call 215-508-0226. Then, please mail your check to: Mishkan Shalom, 4101 Freeland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

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To learn more, or suggest a course you'd like to take, or teach, please contact Mindy Dorfman.


Spiritual Direction: A Monthly Open Circle
Saturdays, 9:00 - 9:55 a.m.:
Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, June 8: Chapel (3rd floor)

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. The Spiritual Direction Circle meets on the 2nd Shabbat of each month.

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 and our Monthly Open Circle.


Awakening to Earth's Call through Soul Collage
Sunday, February 16, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Wendy Galson and Susan Windle

$40.00; includes all supplies (members and non-members)
Maximum 12 participants for this workshop

Awakening to Earth's Call Through Soul Collage evolved from Susan Richards' SoulCollage® with a Jewish Spin, a long-time Adult Ed offering inspired by Seena Frost's SoulCollage®. Under the new leadership of Wendy Galson and Susan Windle, the 3-hour session supports deep connections between Body, Soul and Earth through visual and written journaling. Participants will create a unique SoulCollage® card and reflect together on its connection to our life on this earth in these times, at this moment in the Jewish year. All supplies provided; no artistic background required. Limited to 12 participants

This program uses the process of SoulCollage® as described in the writings of Seena B Frost and the group dreamwork process taught by Rabbi Jill Hammer and the Kohenet Institute.

Wendy Galson, Psy.D and poet Susan Windle are partners in life, parenting, chanting and ritual. Susan and Wendy, along with Kohenet Shoshana Bricklin, are entering their 10th year of convening monthly open Rosh Hodesh celebrations at Mishkan Shalom. They are graduates of Kol Zimra, a chant leadership program guided by Rabbi Shefa Gold. Wendy is a psychologist in private practice; Susan is a poet and political activist who leads seasonal writing circles. 

Register online: Awakening to Earth's Call through Soul Collage


Torah Study
Shabbat (Saturday) mornings, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Library (3rd floor).

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.


Mishkan Shalom is a Reconstructionist congregation in which a diverse community of progressive Jews finds a home. Mishkan’s Statement of Principles commits the community to integrate Prayer, Study and Acts of Caring and to work with other people of faith to repair the world in justice and peace.

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