Tikkun Olam

About Tikkun Olam at Mishkan Shalom

Our Statement of Principles commits us to Avodah (Prayer), Torah (Study) and G'milut Hasadim/Tikkun Olam (Acts of Caring and Repair of the World): "Through acts of caring and repair we seek to transform our world so that it reflects the divine values of justice and compassion." The work of Tikkun Olam is central to our existence as a community.

Our work in Tikkun Olam takes many forms: Mishkan-based committees and working groups and Mishkan members who lead our community's participation in the work of public organizations. If you are interested in Tikkum Olam activities but are not sure where you fit in, or are interested in Mishkan Shalom becoming active in something you don't see listed here, please contact our Board of Director's Tikkun Olam Representative Lynne Iser to see what we can make happen.                        [Image: Lithograph by Mordechai Rosenstein]

Mishkan Shalom-based Committees and Working Groups:

Immigrant and Refugee Rights Committee

Our Mission: The Immigrant and Refugee Rights Committee seeks to engage Mishkan as an institution and our individual members in the struggle for immigrant justice and refugee protection.  We do this through:

  • Coordinating and building upon existing efforts as a member congregation of New Sanctuary Movement,

supporter of HIAS PA/HIAS International, participant in the Northwest Philadelphia Immigrant Action and

Mobilization and interfaity initiatives that assist refugees, asylum seekers and those facing deportation.

  • Acting as a clearinghouse and resource to provide information throughout the congregationon hands-on

support activities, advocacy and direct action and protest.

  • Educating ourselves and members of our congregation on immigrant and refugee rights, connecting our experience as Jews who fled persecution and oppression to the experience of today's immigrants and refugees.

Questions? Suggestions? Please contact Gail Bober, gbober52@gmail.com.  Interested in joining a special list-serve for this committee to get up-to-date information? Contact Seth Horowitz at reachseth@gmail.com



Rabbi Shawn Zevit or Lynne Iser, Board Representative for Tikkun Olam, Contacts

Informed by our Statement of Principles, Israel-related programming at Mishkan Shalom evolves in relation to the needs and concerns of our community.

63rd Street Shelter

Rivka Jarosh, Coordinator

“Let all who are hungry come and eat” Passover Haggadah For 20 years, every second Monday of the month, Mishkan Shalom school families and members have helped make and serve hot meals for residents and others at the Eastern Delaware County Life Center at 63rd and Market Street. The Center houses 35 people. It opens its doors for dinner every night to whoever needs a meal. This is an important and rewarding experience for our school’s children in their efforts to learn about poverty and acts of caring.

Interfaith Community Building Group

Lance Laver, Contact

“They shall make Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them” Exodus 25:8

Members of Mishkan Shalom and St. Vincent de Paul Parish founded the Interfaith Community Building Group (ICBG) in 1997 and annually work collaboratively with other groups and people in under-resourced communities on their construction projects.

The group has helped build or re-build a burned African-American church in Mississippi; a community center, church, houses and latrines in El Salvador (through RIC and USESSC); a post-Katrina church in New Orleans; post-Sandy church buildings in Rockaway Park, NY.;and post-Maria houses in Puerto Rico.  In addition, the ICBG has undertaken numerous Philadelphia projects, including a community Y; South Indian church; low-income houses with InnDwelling and the Urban Resourced Development Corp.; a mosque school; a women's shelter; and -- for Mishkan Shalom -- a pond and shelving for the Library and vestibule/Main Sanctuary spaces.

For more information, contact: Lance Laver.

Mishkan Shalom’s participation with public organizations:


Steve Newman & Lisagail Zeitlin, Co-chairs

Interfaith Peace Walk

Lance LaverPeter Handler, Coordinators

“When I look into your face, I see the face of God”  Genesis 33:10
Mishkan Shalom participates in the annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation, a walking dialogue among Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Wiccans and others. As participants share prayers, teachings, singing and fellowship, they affirm each other’s spiritual values. Delete the following sentence and add the one in red thereafter.  The sixteenth annual Philadelphia Peace Walk—in Germantown and Roxborough, including the final stop and community meal at Mishkan Shalom—is on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

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