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.
Saturday, January 26th @ 7:30-9:30pm: MLK Havdallah Program – The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Summit: A Personal Journey on Conflict, Justice, and Human Rights. Joe Siegel will talk about his recent experience at the climate summit in Katowice Poland, his journey into the past via his grandparents’ shtetles, and the intersection between the two. There will be an opportunity for discussion as well.
SAVE THE DATES:
Friday, February 1st @ 7:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Sunday, February 3rd from 11:30am-1:30pm: Book Club Event @ the home of the Heimans. We will discuss a play from 2008 by David Ives, “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656”. This event did take place, and led to Spinoza’s excommunication. No actual transcript of the event exists, so Ives has imagined one. There are some used copies available for around $10 on Amazon. It can be gotten on reserve from the New York public library; maybe also from Westchester libraries. The discussion will be led by Peter Heiman and Sidney Rosenblatt. Brunch will be included; people may bring side dishes if they wish. For directions, please call the Heimans at (718) 548-4132.
Tuesday, February 5th @ 7:30pm: Steering Committee Meeting @ Amanda’s House
Saturday, February 9th from 10am-12pm: Shabbat morning service and Bat Mitzvah of Aynsley @ The First Reformed Church in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Sunday, February 10th (MOVED FROM JANUARY 13th) @ 5:30pm: Sunday Night At The Movies showing of Phoenix at the Riverdale YM-YWHA (for members and their families only). The first movie of this new monthly program is a spellbinding mystery about a survivor of the camps whose face was destroyed. She gets a new face similar to, but not identical to, her prewar life. She then sets out to find her husband in post-war Berlin and determine if he was the one who betrayed her. For further information please contact Guy Pancer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-427-2067.
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.
Mishkan Ha’am is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Communities