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, March 23rd from 7:00-9:30pm: Havdallah Program: Can black-eyed peas and matzoh ball soup go together? We will watch and discuss a pre-recorded talk on Intersectionality as a Jewish Practice from Avodah’s Speak Torah to Power lecture series. Yavilah McCoy, a third-generation black Jew, addresses how experiences of inclusion and exclusion can shape our identities and worldview and how building Jewish communities that honor these experiences and identities can help in the work of dismantling systems of oppression. Dessert following. For more information, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 2nd from 7:30-9:30pm: Steering Committee Meeting @ Amanda’s House.
Friday, April 5th from 7:30-9:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat.
Sunday, April 7th from 11:00am-1:00pm: Adult Education Brunch N’ Learn Program: Dybbuks & Magic in Jewish Texts. Join us for a look at how dybbuks (demons) and magic are used in rabbinic literature like the Talmud and Midrash. Our rabbis had wild and active imaginations, and much of our literature includes these figures that today are usually understood as fantasy. We’ll look at texts, images, and practices relating to dybbuks and magic. Location TBD.
Sunday, April 14th from 5:30-7:30pm: Sunday Night At The Movies: “Nora’s Will” (for members and their families only) @ the Riverdale YM-YWHA. Despite their divorce Jose and Nora never stopped caring for each other so that when she commits suicide Jose is charged with overseeing her funeral. Set among Mexico City’s Jewish community the comedy focuses on the complications involved with organizing a memorial while others are preoccupied with Passover. Also complicating matters are Jose’s status as a nonbeliever and the unexpected contents of Nora’s will. For further information please contact Guy Pancer at email@example.com 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.
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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