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Mishkan is a vibrant community offering a wide range of activities. We invite you to get to know us and see where you'd like to get involved.

You'll find links to learn more about our committees, programs, interest & working groups along with links for all Staff, Board & group contacts, Listserv sign-ups & social media.



Many groups are open to the larger community, including Spiritual Life gatherings, Tikkun Olam/Social Justice working groups and Lifelong Learning classes. Our Library is open to the public whenever the building is open. 


Shawn Zevit: Lead Rabbi
Yael Levy: Rabbi; Director, A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Program
Maria Paranzino: Office Administrator
Gari J. Weilbacher: Communications & Membership Manager
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer: Educator; Program Coordinator, Celebrations!
Mr. Charles: Custodian
Brian Kelly: Handyman


The Board of Directors guides our community in accordance with:
Our Statement of Principles, Our By-Laws & Our Strategic Plan

President: Steve Jones
Vice-President: Stephanie Shell
Secretary/Board Representative for Communications: Homer Robinson
Treasurer: Ellen Steiker
Membership & Community: Rosalind Spigel
Tikkun Olam: Seth Horwitz, Board Representative
Spiritual Life: Rabbi Tsurah August
Building & Site: Scott Barkan
Education: Mindy Dorfman
Strategic Planning & Leadership Development: Janet Garretson and Stephanie Shell
Leadership Development Committee: Stephanie Shell, Rosalind Spigel
Development: Lisagail Zeitlin, Board Representative


A Way In: Jewish Mindfulness Program DirectorRabbi Yael Levy
Phyllis Meyers, President
Community Contacts/Lunch Coordinators: Jim FeldmanLance Laver, Carol Towarnicky


     Staff: Gari Weilbacher, Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Maralin Blistein
     Website Content Coordinator: Gari Weilbacher, Writer/Editor    
     Kol Shalom (monthly newsletter): Eilen Levinson, Editor Graphic Designer: Maralin Blistein
     Ma Hadash (weekly e-update): Gari WeilbacherMaralin Blistein
     Facebook: Gabrielle Kaplan-Meyer
    Members-only Listserve: Seth Horwitz, Moderator

Membership & Community Engagement: 
     Staff: Gari Weilbacher, Rabbi Shawn Zevit, Maria Paranzino
     Brit Mishkan: Sarah Katz, Coordinator and Meredith Mann
     Acts of Caring: Gene Bishop, Stephanie Shell, Coordinators
     Hineini: Lisa Mervis, Sharon Sigal, Chris Taranta,Coordinators [Request/provide short-term support.]

Education Committee: Odamis Fernandez, Committee Chair 

Spiritual Life CouncilSteve JonesRabbi Shawn ZevitRabbi Yael Levy, Co-Chairs
    Leyning CoordinatorRod MacNeil 
    Torah Study Coordinator: Eugene Sotirescu

Library Committee/One Book Mishkan: Adam Blistein, Committee Chair


Mishkan Collaborative Initiatives:

  • New Sanctuary/Immigration Refugee Working GroupMichael RambergJudi Bernstein-Baker, Coordinators
  • Romero Interfaith Center/Interfaith Community Building GroupLance Laver, Contact
  • 63rd Street Shelter/Urban Resource Development Group: Rivka Jarosh, Coordinator, Lance Laver, Coordinator
  • Sustainable Mishkan: Billy Linstead Goldsmith/Julie Meyer Coordinators
  • Israel ProgramsRabbi Shawn Zevit, Coordinator
  • Village Shabbat: Rachel Baltuch, Coordinator
  • Men of Mishkan: Marc Jacobs, Mark Heller, Facilitators
  • Weekend in the Woods Weekend Retreat: Lisagail Zeitlin, Lisa Moss, Co-chairs 
  • POWER: Steve Newman, Lisagail Zeitlin, Margaret Lenzi, Coordinators
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network
  • Interfaith Peace Walk: Lance Laver, Peter Handler, Brenda Lazin, Coordinators
  • J. Proud Jewish Philly LGBTQ Consortium: Pat Quigley, Rivka Jarosh,Representatives
  • Spiritual Direction Circle (Hashpa'ah): Meredith Barber
  • Rosh Hodesh Monthly Service: Wendy Galson, Susan Windle, Shoshanah Bricklin: Coordinators
  • Makhelat Micha’el: Mishkan Community Choir: Community Contact:Nancy Post Conductor: Miriam Davidson
  • Celebrations! & Mitzvah MenshesProgram Coordinator: Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
  • Aesthetics & Building Committee/Yahrzeit Memorial: Lance Laver Committee Chair
  • Site Stewards: Elissa Goldberg, Deenah Loeb, Community Contacts


We have provided fertile ground for the growth of pathbreaking programs, each now serving the wider community:


4101 Freeland Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19128 - ph: (215) 508-0226 / office@mishkan.org Site map