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.
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.
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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 Rabbi Mackenzie Reynolds, 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 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.
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.
Mishkan Ha’am is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
She’arim Hebrew School & Open House (Thursday, October 19): 4-6pm
Families are welcome to come and see our Jewish education program in action! Join us for all or part of our learning day! There will also be an information session with Rabbi Lori, Education Director (email@example.com) at 5:30 PM.
Alternative Service at an Outdoor Labyrinth in Mamaroneck (Saturday, October 28): 10am – 1pm. Come experience the ancient spiritual practice of walking meditation. We will meet at an outdoor labyrinth in Mamaroneck, where Rabbinic Leader Mackenzie Reynolds will engage us in a brief Jewish text study to help us set our intention for our walk through the labyrinth. When we emerge, we will gather for reflection. Pack a lunch for yourself and we will eat together after at Susan’s house nearby. For directions to the labyrinth see http://www.saintthomasmmrk.org/index.php/map-2/. The labyrinth is behind the church, away from Boston Post Road, near the corner of Mt. Pleasant Ave. & Johnson St. In case of rain, we’ll meet at the church for Shabbat services. Watch for an email by 9am if it looks like rain. For more information or directions, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli Film Discussion and Brunch: The Women’s Balcony @ the Heitners’ home (Sunday, October 29): 11:30am – 1:30pm. “The Women’s Balcony”, one of the most popular movies in Israel, is a comedy, but it is also “an extremely intuitive account of fundamentalist extremism.” Rabbi Mackenzie will moderate the discussion. In September, the film will be streaming and will be on Netflix, Blue Ray. People can watch it alone or in small groups. If you have difficulty getting a copy, please call Penny at (718) 796-3730 or (347) 387-5451. A main course will be provided for the brunch and participants are invited to bring extras.
Shabbat Service (Friday, November 3): 7:30 – 9:30pm
Steering Committee Meeting (Monday, November 6): 7:30 – 9:30pm. Location TBD.
Shabbat Service (Saturday, November 18): 10:00am – 1:00pm