Tikkun Olam Chavurah invites you to our 6th High Holiday Services, co-led by Rabbi Linda Holtzman and Elliott batTzedek and Karen Escovitz of Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah.
Our services are a combination of traditional and original liturgy, along with a rich musical experience, and social justice-centered talks and Torah study. We create a spiritual home for politically-engaged Jews who want to do the deep personal introspection of the High Holidays within the understanding that our lives unfold in a wider world. As a community we believe in radical inclusion, and welcome your full Jewish self – questions, doubts, connection to Jewish values and a search for new answers.
Our theme this year is Resistance – honoring it in our traditions, nurturing it in ourselves, fueling it in our communities. You’ll be seeing this:
– on Rosh Hashanah, when we take the story of Hagar and Ishmael to heart and explore the questions it raises about forced motherhood, refugees, and a God who hears the cries of a child and responds
– on Tashlich, when we leave the river and head for the ICE, with a communal ritual protest at the regional ICE headquarters building on Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm in Center City
– on Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre, when we’ll be hosting Professor Ron Smith to share information on the situation right now in Gaza
– on Yom Kippur, when, rather than workshops, we’ll head out into the neighborhood to do voter registration/motivation, and when our martyrology will focus on the life and work of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, lesbian-feminist writer, peace activist, and founder of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (and more- we’re still planning….)