Join Mishkan Shalom

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Mishkan Shalom is blessed to draw from a broad geographic area with a synagogue building with multiple tenants in Manayunk-Roxborough area in NW Philadelphia, as well as a thriving community of online participants around the world. We invite you to contact Rosalind Spigel, Membership Board Representative, with any questions and/or to arrange for a tour of the synagogue and to meet with Rabbi Shawn Zevit. We want to make sure you have every opportunity to get to know us, and for us to get to know you, as you consider membership in Mishkan Shalom.

An affiliate of Reconstructing Judaism, you’ll find a spiritual home with profound and dynamic services celebrating Shabbat, holidays and life cycle events; Jewish social and cultural gatherings; a vibrant calendar of programs, speakers and special events; and a welcoming community of members of every age and stage.

We are grounded in Jewish values as written in our Statement of Principles. Because we are continually creating a sacred community, we depend on our members in much the same way our members depend on us. Our Brit HaMishkan/Community Covenant eloquently describes the mutual relationship and responsibilities of membership. Along with a strong and supportive community, you will find an inspiring rabbinic team in our Lead Rabbi, Rabbi Shawn Zevit and Rabbi Yael Levy. Rabbi Yael founded and directs A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Organization which offers a rich array of services, classes, meditation sits, retreats and more.

We are a synagogue steeped in activism aimed toward Tikkun Olam, Repair of the World, through prayer, study and acts of caring. Our members engage in a wide range of Spiritual Life offerings. Our Lifelong Learning program is robust with members and non-members alike participating in classes offered on varying days and times. With many members who are artists, artisans, musicians, writers and scholars, Arts & Music thrive at Mishkan.

We offer programs for our young people at every age and stage: From Tot Shabbat, to our exceptional Congregational School, B'nai Mitzvah and Pathways to Confirmation Programs and our Teen Program which connects our young people with their peers from nearby synagogues. Gabby Kaplan-Mayer is the creator and Coordinator of our ground-breaking Celebrations! and Mitzvah Menshes programs, serving children, families and young adults with special needs.

Our community is rich in diversity – in Jewish observance, family structure, ethnicity, religious heritage, politics, household geography and economics. At Mishkan Shalom, our lay and rabbinic staff, and your fellow congregants, will honor your individuality and where you are in your personal journey to find meaning in Judaism.

We hope you will take some time to get to know us and warmly welcome you to our synagogue’s dynamic services, cultural programs and special events in the coming year.

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Ve'asu li mikdash veshachanti betocham      וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם           

Prepare me to be a sanctuary, that I may dwell within you. (Exodus 25:8)

Once you have met with our membership team, studied our Statement of Principles and Covenant of membership, you then discern and choose your self-assessed financial commitment level. Regardless of whether a household has one or two adults who are both or one partner is Jewish, all adults are considered full members. You can speak to Rabbi Shawn  about our Haverim/Seekers membership status for those who want to explore deeper ties with us who do not have a Jewish person in their household and do not fall into the above category.

To meet the needs to all who wish to deepen their connection and commitment to Mishkan Shalom in the covenant of membership, we have the following options, with the benefits and responsibilities of membership outlined below. Our membership year runs July 1 - June 30th annually, though one can join at any point during the year:

Consistent with our values we ask that each household study and understand our Statement of Principles, then make an informed decision of which Membership Commitment Level best reflects your ability to support our community through annual fully self-assessed financial commitment. We are committed to the principle that those with greater means will give more, and those with less will give up to their ability. Our membership team (including our Rabbis) are happy to support you in this Jewish values-based decision, though you are free to self-assess without needing to justify your commitment to get approval beforehand. If you would like to read up on some Jewish values-based approaches to money and community click here.

Categories of Connection (Membership Categories):

Full Member 

Digital Members (For outside the Philadelphia region)

  • People who live outside Mishkan Shalom’s geographic area by more than an 1 hour away and may or may not be members elsewhere. 
  • Welcome to give at any self-assessed level (suggested minimum $180 and up) and click here
  • See faqs for benefits and responsibilities 

Online Visitors (For outside the Philadelphia region) (9-month access following High Holy Days, for those who are not yet digital members. After the initial year visitors will be asked to join as digital members to continue receiving links. 

Note: Online access may vary according to the nature of the program or service. However, we expect that online programming and services will remain a part of your ability to engage with Mishkan Shalom regardless of your membership designation. Self-assessed donations to join us for the High Holy Days will remain in place for all concerned in all circumstances and since we do not issue tickets for our open services.

To help guide your pledge decision (for Full Members and Digital Online Members only), we have developed Membership Commitment Levels. 60-70% of our annual operating budget comes from annual membership, which is based on an average amount of $2,500 per household- allowing for lesser and greater contributions. Remember, Mishkan uniquely asks you to self-assess your dues contribution and in doing so, we hope that you will give with a nadiv lev/full heart. You do not need to explain or justify your giving level.

  • Chai: $18,000 and above (Membership + General Fund donation) For Life: members who can offer additional charitable gifts, to ensure we can provide the level of services and care our community relies upon

  • To Guard from Generation to Generation — Lishmur l'Dor v'Dor: $5,000.00 and above

  • To Succeed — L’hatsliakh: $3,500.00 to $4,999.00

  • To Sustain Litmokh: $2,501.00 to $3,499.00

  • To Build — Livnot: $1,800.00 to $2,499.00  

  • To Grow L’hagdil: $750.00 to $1,799.00

  • Open Door to All — Delet Petukha: $749.00 or less.  

After you complete your pledge you will be taken to a payment portal to make your first payment. You will also see options to set up recurring payments or to pay by check.

If you have any additional questions, please contact our Office Manager, Maria at Maria@mishkan.org or 215-508-0226.

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