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, February 24th from 11am-1pm: Adult Education Brunch N’ Learn Program: American Jewish History 1 (A Survey) @ the Schiavos in Riverdale. Join us for a two-part exploration, led by Rabbi Mackenzie, of the generations of Jews in the Americas, from the first Jews who came to the Americas to today’s people. This first session will be a survey that includes discussion of the formation of American Jewish communities, the emergence of American Jewish movements, and central figures and organizations in the American Jewish landscape. The second session (March 3) will focus on race and Jewish identity in the United States. We will look at Jewish communities of color, as well as how the racial identities of white Jews have developed and shifted over time. Please bring side dishes or dessert to go with the lox and bagels. You can call Bart Schiavo at (718) 549 9359 or email bpschiavo@verizon.net for directions.

Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-12pm: Shabbat Morning Service followed by Potluck Kiddush. Join us for Shabbat morning services, featuring singing, poetry, and a lively conversation about Torah.

Sunday, March 3rd from 11am-1pm: Adult Ed: Jewish-American History Part 2. Join us for the second session of a two-part survey of American Jewish History. Our first session, February 24, focused on the development of American Jewish communities. This session will focus on race and Jewish identity in the United States, looking in particular at Jewish communities of color as well as how the racial identities of white Jews have developed and shifted over time. (Location TBD)

Sunday, March 10th @ 5:30pm: Sunday Night At The Movies showing of “Arranged” at the Riverdale YM-YWHA (for members and their families only). This film is about two women, an Orthodox Jew and a Syrian Muslim, both teachers in a Brooklyn public school, who become fast friends. Each is facing an arranged marriage. They start to rely on each other and their budding friendship to pull them through this most difficult time in their young lives. For further information please contact Guy Pancer at gpancer2@sbcglobal.net or 347-427-2067.

Friday, March 15th from 7:30-9:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service. Gather together in song and prayer to welcome Shabbat together in this reflective service.

Saturday, March 16th from 6:00-9:00pm:Purim Improv + More! @ Shames JCC on the Hudson, Tarrytown, NY. Join us at the Shames JCC on the Hudson in celebrating Purim through Improv! We’ll learn some about Purim and comedy, tell the Purim story, and do some Improv together. Activities for kids & adults of all ages. Purim program for young people up to 12 years old at 6 and at 7:15. Come in your Purim costume best! Pizza, salad, drinks, and hamantaschen provided.

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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 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.

Email: mishkanhaam@gmail.com

Phone:  914-222-5518

Mishkan Ha’am is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities