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Adult Education

At Mishkan Shalom, we learn for life.  Tree of Life with books

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. 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 (

All classes adhere to the current Mishkan Shalom Covid health protocols

Live and Learn series, Rabbi Shawn Zevit

Rabbi Shawn 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.


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.


Art and Spirit with Rabbinic Intern Noah Lind Dor

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

Registration closes Friday, April 4. Minimum 6 up to 12 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 with Rabbinic Intern Alana Krivo-Kaufman

Wednesdays 6:30-8pm: April 26, May 3, 10, 17 (4 sessions)

Registration closes Friday, April 21. Minimum 6 participants.

Meeting at Mishkan Shalom, Heschel-King room

Join us as we find water within our tradition and create rituals relevant for our lives. We will explore the spiritual and ritual role of water throughout Jewish tradition, through text, chant, art and embodied practice. 

$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 at Mishkan Shalom

Cost $40 (covers supplies)

Questions Contact:  Wendy Galson at

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


Learn to Chant Torah: with Cantor David- Fall 2023- dates TBA

(David Acker is a long-time Mishkan member, teacher, and Cantors Assembly member.)

Saturdays 12:30-1:30 (after Shabbat Services in person) (6 sessions)

Class size ideally 8 to 14 participants

Meeting at Mishkan Shalom, 3rd Floor Library

By the end of six classes, participants will be able to chant at least one complete aliyah, approximately 3 verses in length. Students will have the option to participate as a Torah reader in an upcoming service. An elementary facility with decoding Hebrew letters and vowels is a pre-requisite. 

7 Great Reasons to Learn to Chant Torah: 1. You like puzzles and challenges.   2. To exercise your mind.  3. To build community.   4. To link-up to 2000+ old tradition.  5. To share in the “joys and oys” of what your B-Mitzvah kid is doing.  6. It’s a MITZVAH!  7. It’s FUN!

$108 for members and $150

For type, choose Adult Education. In Payment Notes, type "Learn to Chant Torah class."


Mah Jongg

Mishkan has an active Mah Jongg group. For those who know how to play, join us on Monday nights 7:00-9:00 pm for open play. To get all the details, email

Classes are offered periodically to learn the modern American version of this ancient Chinese tile game.

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 join promptly by 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.,

No Fee. Currently weekly on Zoom and occasionally in person as well (check the Mishkan calendar in advance:

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, Rabbi Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu, Torah Study Coordinator, welcomes your inquiries.

Click here to learn more about our weekly Torah Study.

Sat, March 25 2023 3 Nisan 5783