January 2023: listen, listen, listen to my heart’s song

Our January service called us into winter's opportunity to be quiet, calm, and inward-focused. Our liturgy called us into connection with the earth and the natural world and, as always, held space for joy and for sorrow. Find the liturgy slide deck here. Our music, some sung live and some recorded, included: Batya Levine's "We … Continue reading January 2023: listen, listen, listen to my heart’s song

December 2022: the beauty of darkness is how it lets you see

We met, as is our December practice, to pray within a space that honors, rather than fears, the dark time of our year. Since our founding we've believed that all people are chosen and all land is sacred, and so we've centered our own natural cycles here in the NE US. We're also an actively … Continue reading December 2022: the beauty of darkness is how it lets you see

Fringes November 2022: community, too, is a cathedral in time

While our usual November theme is "time," this year the theme morphed a bit in honor of today's parsha, "Vayera." It opens with Abraham throwing open his tent to welcome guests, a model of hospitality which makes time for guests and community. Our morning's liturgy revolved around the challenge of making time for one another, … Continue reading Fringes November 2022: community, too, is a cathedral in time

Fringes August 2022: Stars rise. Moths flutter. Apples sweeten in the dark.

We met in August for a kabbalat shabbat service. After several months of intense services created to pull us into connection with our difficult, tonight we set that world aside for a short time and let ourselves be comforted by words and music and community. You can find our liturgy as Google slides or as … Continue reading Fringes August 2022: Stars rise. Moths flutter. Apples sweeten in the dark.

Fringes July 2022 – My heart is moved by all I can not save

Today we met to pray together carrying our wounded hearts - all of us filled with worry about our lives in this country, the effects of Supreme Court rulings on our lives and on the world, the overwhelm and exhaustion of yet more and more gun violence in another bloody week. Our prayer services always … Continue reading Fringes July 2022 – My heart is moved by all I can not save

Fringes June 2022: Grief is sacred, grief is an honor

We met to do our traditional June service - built around images of bees and honey - and also to acknowledge the grief we all carry, surrounded as we are by violence and loss. You can find today's liturgy here: Fringes June 2022. We use the folk tradition of "telling the bees" in order to … Continue reading Fringes June 2022: Grief is sacred, grief is an honor

Fringes May 2022: make safe her choice

We met one week after the announcement that Roe would be overturned, and in a way that attacks the bodily autonomy and right-to-love-who-we-love of everyone in our community. And the week that Covid deaths have reached the awful milestone of 1,000,000 in the U.S. In our service we prayed words of grief and worry and … Continue reading Fringes May 2022: make safe her choice

Pesach 5782/2022 Haggadah Additions for Ukraine

Pesach 2022 Additions to Honor UkraineElliott batTzedek / Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah The Sunflower Seed on the Seder Plate Reader: On our seder plate tonight is a new symbol, a sunflower seed. Why a sunflower seed? Reader: Because, on February 22nd, the 2nd day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a woman confronted the … Continue reading Pesach 5782/2022 Haggadah Additions for Ukraine