Tikkun Olam Chavurah invites you to our 5th 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:
- 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
- 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 live and work of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, lesbian-feminist writer, peace activist, and founder of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
- Rosh Hashanah
- Monday, September 10 at Germantown Mennonite Church.
Services start at 9:30 am. They will be followed by a potluck.
- Sunday, September 16, 2:00 pm, Communal protest at ICE, 220 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia
- Kol Nidre
- Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 pm, at the Germantown Mennonite Church
- Yom Kippur
- Wednesday, September 19, at the Germantown Mennonite Church
- Services begin, 9:30 am
Community engagement to encourage voting, 2:00 pm
Mincha service, 3:30 pm
Yizkor, 4:30 pm
Martyrology, 5:30 pm
Ne'ilah, 6:30 pm
Havdalah, 7:30 pm