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

Friday, January 10: Kabbalat Shabbat
7:30pm – 9:30pm
First Reformed Church, 18 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  10706
 
Join musicians in the MH community for a singing kabbalat service. We’ll welcome Shabbat with new melodies from across the Jewish world. 
 
Saturday, January 11: MLK Havdallah and She’arim Fun Night
7:00pm – 9:30pm
First Reformed Church, 18 Farragut Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  10706
 
Reconstructing Judaism has recently launched the Evolve website, a place for essential conversations in today’s Jewish community. One of the sections is devoted to Race, focusing on the work that needs to be done to fully include Jews of Color in today’s Jewish community, and how Jews can work to address systematic racism in our country. In anticipation of Martin Luther King Jr. day, we will read excerpts from articles on the site, and see how they might inspire action both within our own community and beyond. Dessert potluck to follow Havdallah and the conversation.  
 
Friday, January 24: Midnight Run
7:00pm – 9:00pm – Prep
9:00pm – 1:00am – Distribution in NYC
 
Support our Midnight Run to help homeless in NYC co-led by Mishkan Ha’am, Four on Farragut, and First Unitarian Society. We need volunteers for local prep as well as late-night delivery, plus donations of warm coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, scarves for men, blankets and toiletries. Donations can be dropped in the First Reformed Church lobby (labeled for Midnight Run) or in the donation bin outside the First Unitarian Society, 25 Old Jackson Avenue, Hastings. For more information or to volunteer, contact Danielle at DJlevine28@yahoo.com
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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