November Fringes 11/10/2017

Saturday 11/10/2018 10 a.m. Germantown Friends Social Hall 21 W. Coulter Street Philadelphia, PA 19144 A quick update about tomorrow's service. Otter and I have just talked through what we'll do be doing, and are extending a strong request for your presence as we seek comfort in our community of shared values and radical hopes. … Continue reading November Fringes 11/10/2017

Beside Still Waters: a journey of comfort and renewal

Fringe-Dwellers, Rabbi Rachel Barenblat and Bayit: Your Jewish Home are publishing a new anthology of traditional and new Jewish liturgy about grief and mourning. Beside Still Waters: a journey of comfort and renewal is a book for mourners, for those who will become mourners, and for those anticipating their own journey out of this life. … Continue reading Beside Still Waters: a journey of comfort and renewal

Fringes Fall Text Study – Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

For the next four months the texts for our Torah Study in Fringes' services will all come from the final chapter of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz's The Colors of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism. You can download all of these texts and read along with us: October 13, 2018: an introduction to the concept of Diasporism … Continue reading Fringes Fall Text Study – Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

5779 Martyrology: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

In our Fringes Havurah/Tikkun Olam Chavurah High Holiday services in Philadelphia, our martyrology service this year was focused on the life, activism, and legacy of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz. Fringes leader Elliott batTzedek opened the service by giving a talk about moments of Melanie's writing and activism that have meant the most to her. We had placed … Continue reading 5779 Martyrology: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz

High Holidays 5779/2018

This year, for the 6th time, Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah and Tikkun Olam Chavurah are co-creating High Holiday services, led by Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Elliott batTzedek and Karen Escovitz. 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 … Continue reading High Holidays 5779/2018

Lest in the future our silence be held as witness against us we say

Here's a new liturgical element we're trying out, in the slot for Blessing for Redemption. We sang in between the chunk of lines, because singing/chanting helps our minds and hearts and mouths and breath get back in sync with one another. This is what we sang, a rewrite of a familiar line: אַדֹנָי שְׂפְתַּי תִּפְתָּח … Continue reading Lest in the future our silence be held as witness against us we say

Praying with Fringes July 2018

Fringes met on Saturday, July 14th in the social hall at Germantown Friends Meeting House. In response to the ugliness of the political world around us, we prayed, sang, and learned together about the history of ICE and strategies communities are using to confront it. You find our liturgy here: July 2018: and declare to … Continue reading Praying with Fringes July 2018

Praying with Fringes 06/05/2018

Has my heart gone to sleep? Antonio Machado Has my heart gone to sleep? Have the beehives of my dreams stopped working, the waterwheel of the mind run dry, scoops turning empty, only shadow inside? No, my heart is not asleep. It is awake, wide awake. Not asleep, not dreaming-- its eyes are opened wide … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 06/05/2018

Praying with Fringes 05/10/2018 – we must be hard To move among the tender with an open hand

An Observation May Sarton True gardeners cannot bear a glove Between the sure touch and the tender root, Must let their hands grow knotted as they move With a rough sensitivity about Under the earth, between the rock and shoot, Never to bruise or wound the hidden fruit. And so I watched my mother's hands … Continue reading Praying with Fringes 05/10/2018 – we must be hard To move among the tender with an open hand