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High Holidays 5782 (2021)
Well, Thanks, Delta
So - as much as we hate this, there is not a safe way for us to gather in person now that the Delta variant has moved into the Philadelphia region. Keeping all of us safe is just never negotiable, so we'll be doing Rosh Hashanah, Erev Yom Kippur, and Yom Kippur all via Zoom again this year.
One thing it means for us is that we are expanding the Torah reading to celebrate the birth of Ishmael before we jump 14 years ahead to mark the birth of Isaac. Our community honors the lives of both brothers throughout the High Holidays, closing out Mincha on Yom Kippur by reading the story of how the brothers came back together to bury their father.
Tashlich / Shofar Service at Philadelphia Waterworks in Fairmount Park
Sunday, September 12, 2 pm
This year we're returning to this accessible site behind the Philadelphia Art Museum. In person, masked, and distanced, we'll blast away injustice and breathe in the New Year.
9:30 am, Morning Service: Focusing on our struggles to repair ourselves, our relationships, and our world, the morning service will include old and new liturgy, belovedly familiar and new music, a torah service, and talks from Rabbis Linda Holtzman and Rebecca Alpert and Fringes co-leader Elliott batTzedek.
3:00 pm, Our annual reading of A Woman is Talking to Death: As is our tradition, Fringes co-leader Karen Escovitz/Otter will read Judy Grahn's nine-part poem that explores racism, homophobia, sexual violence, and the power of community to challenge all of these.
4:00 pm, Mincha: As we move toward the closing of the gates we pause to read the Torah passage where Isaac and Ishmael come together to bury their father, consider Jonah, and bless the ongoing project of repair.
4:45 pm, Yizkor: We'll honor the life of Dr. Barbara Granger, beloved member of Tikkun Olam Chavurah and Fringes, and remember all those lost to us this year.
5:45 pm, Martyrology: Our focus this year is the horrific “boarding school” system that was imposed for a century on Indigenous communities across North America. As tribes and nations have begun to force an honest accounting of the destruction of these systems, we'll learn together about the history of the “schools,” mourn the dead left in their wake, and make connections to how settler colonialism continues to cause suffering in our land and in Palestine/Israel.
6:45 pm, Nei'lah: As cantor Sue Hoffman keeps us moving along, we move again through Yom Kippur's liturgies and songs, circling back to moments of isolation and connection, regret and longing, moving inexorably toward the closing gates and final shofar blast.
Sukkot (outdoors/in-person at Linda's backyard in Mt. Airy)
Sunday, October 26, 2 pm
We're planning to do the beautiful water-pouring ritual of Hoshanah Rabbah, calling for a year of plenty and protection. Also, the goats are coming! To keep everyone save, masks will be strictly required.