Welcome to Mishkan Ha’am

Our mission at Mishkan Ha’am is to create a warm, joyful, collaborative community within a framework of Reconstructionist Judaism.  We welcome diversity and encourage engagement with our evolving tradition, the exploration of varied ideas and beliefs, and the creative expression of Jewish identity. At Mishkan Ha’am, children and adults gather for education and discussion, celebration and life cycle events, and spiritual practices and prayer, as we support each other and the greater community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, December 15: Brunch N’ Learn
11:00am – 1:00pm
Tobie Stanger and Jim Reisler’s House
 
Rabbinical Leader Solomon Hoffman will discuss Early Jewish Music and its Relation to Contemporary Implications.
 
Music is an inherent part of Jewish prayer today. Many people feel that the melodies we sing are more meaningful to them than the words we are saying. As Reconstructionists who understand Judaism as continuously evolving, we ask, “How has the role of music evolved throughout the history of Judaism?” We’ll go back to the texts of the Tanakh, Mishna, Talmud and other historical documents to look at different ways music has been incorporated into Jewish practice. 
 
Please bring side dishes to accompany the lox and bagels. 
 
Thursday, December 19: Community Chanukah Celebration
6:30pm – 8:00pm
First Reformed Church, 18 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  10706
 
The Mishkan Ha’am community will celebrate the Festival of Lights with dinner at 6:30pm, and party games from 7:00 to 7:30. After the She’arim kids depart at 7:30, Solomon will lead a brief adult learning session until about 8:00pm on a Chanukah-related theme. We’ll provide the latkes, donuts, drinks, and pizza for the kids, plus salad and some other, less-carby fare. Other potluck contributions are welcome. 
 
Sunday, January 5: Sunday Night at the Movies (details tbd)
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Riverdale YM-YWHA, 5625 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY  10471
 
Friday, January 10: Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30pm – 9:30pm
First Reformed Church, 18 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  10706
 
Saturday, January 11: MLK Havdallah and She’arim Fun Night (details tbd)
7:00pm – 9:30pm
First Reformed Church, 18 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  10706
 
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Mishkan Ha’am welcomes everyone who wants to share in what we offer, including people of any age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, as individuals or in families of all configurations. Full participation is open to members of interfaith households, those with longstanding Jewish practice or no previous Jewish affiliation, and those certain of, questioning, or disbelieving in the existence of a divine presence. We know that diversity strengthens our community.

As a Reconstructionist community, Mishkan Ha’am integrates a deep respect for traditional Judaism with an active exploration of it in light of our own time. We believe in embracing tradition—rituals and ceremonies that link us to our predecessors and to other Jews—while wrestling with Jewish teachings and practices to find meaning and make choices and adaptations that allow them to evolve.

Visit “Our Values” to learn more about Mishkan Ha’am.

About half of our members live in southern Westchester County and half live in the Riverdale/Kingsbridge area of the Bronx. Our ongoing programs take place at our mishkan, located at 18 Farragut Avenue in Hastings-on-Hudson (within the Reformed Church of Hastings).

Led by  Rabbinic Leader Solomon Hoffman, a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, we typically come together several weekends each month for creative and meaningful services and cultural, spiritual, and educational programs for adults and children.  We also gather as a community to celebrate the Jewish High Holidays and life cycle events. Our services and programs reflect the voices and interests of Mishkan Ha’am’s community members of all ages.

She’arim/Gateways, our innovative approach to Hebrew School, meets weekly and offers classes for children ranging in age from kindergarten to seventh grade. During the year in which families approach Bar/Bat Mitzvah, parents and young people together share in a unique group exploration in preparation for the milestone event.

Mishkan Ha’am is now offering free Hebrew School Tuition for families during the first year of  membership! Just pay a $60 snack fee per child and you get a full year of Hebrew School with a family membership!

Our Adult education program includes seminars, “brunch and learns,” in-depth Torah study, a Jewish/Israel-themed book group and interesting and sometimes difficult conversations.  Topics are generated by our members in accordance with their interests.  Our Tikkun Olam/Social Action committee organizes and invites adult and family participation in efforts to address local and more distant needs.

Email: mishkanhaam@gmail.com
Phone:  914-222-5518
Mishkan Ha’am is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities