High Holidays 5780 (2019)

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.

Judaism Beyond Zionism

Our theme this year is Judaism Beyond Zionism. We’re taking on this theme as a deep challenge - what does it mean to be a Jew in the U.S. in the 21st Century?

Many of us grew up in a Judaism defined by the horror of the Holocaust and the imperative to Support Israel No Matter What because Israel was the answer to those horrors. But that set of single problem/single answer is no longer enough. Our identities as Jews are bigger, as we confront racism and colonialism, as we listen to the life experiences of Sephardi and Mirachi Jews and all Jews of Color, and as we acknowledge the depth of harm done to Palestinians.

As a multi-racial, multi-gender, multi-heritage, and multi-generation community, we reject Nationalism as the solution to the problems of injustice and oppression. As we mark the High Holidays together we’ll be pulling from the rich and diverse strands of Jewish histories, building active hope, and celebrating. Join us!

Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 30 at Germantown Mennonite Church
Services will be 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, followed by a community potluck.
Friday, October 4, 4:00 pm at ICE office at 8th and Arch, Philadelphia
Join Jews, allies, immigrants, and other affected communities to confront ICE at their front door
Kol Nidre
Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 pm, at the Germantown Mennonite Church
Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 9, at the Germantown Mennonite Church
Services begin at 9:30 am and go until havdallah at 7:15 pm