This is the kavanah I gave on Yom Kippur 5780 between the al chet we do for racism and the one we do for Palestine/Israel. Our High Holiday prayer community is a collaboration between Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah and Tikkun Olam Chavurah. Download Al Chet Kavanah by Elliott batTzedek Al Chet Kavanah Elliott batTzedek … Continue reading On white supremacy and JOCSM in Jewish communities: an al chet kavanah
For the 7th year, Fringes will be co-creating High Holiday services with Tikkun Olam Chavurah. We meet in the Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Lane in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. You can download our Kol Nidre supplement here, and our all-day Yom Kippur supplement here.
Here's the supplement for the Fringes/Tikkun Olam Chavurah 1st day Rosh Hashanah service.
Kol Nidre 5774 Elliott batTzedek, Fringes Havurah, Philadelphia While I know this will surprise you, Jewish tradition has many different opinions about Kol Nidre and what it means. Many Rabbinical Authorities have tried to suppress it over the centuries, both because of the ritual itself—how through repetition we are magically released from vows – is … Continue reading Kol Nidre – the contract my soul and my history need
For our Torah Talk this shabbat we'll be reading texts from across Jewish history about our obligation to treat "the stranger" justly because we have been strangers and know their experience. Download the text study sheet. כי גרים הייתם - כמו שמפורש לפנינו ואתם ידעתם את נפש הגר. כי גרים הייתם - ולפי שצרתו מרובה … Continue reading Fringes Text Study 07/13/2019 – you know the soul of the stranger
Our text study this month is pulled from the article "Our White Supremacy Problem" by Devin Naar , originally published on Jewish Currents. We're reading sections III and IV, copied below. The entire article is worth the read A nuanced exploration of our history reveals that we do not have an Ashkenormativity problem in the … Continue reading Fringes Text Study 06/08/2019
After our many months of reading texts about the intersections of race, racism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism, we're turning back to Torah to examine rabbinical ideas about what behaviors constitute "holiness." The parsha is Kedoshim, and we're using a Sefaria text sheet for the first time to pull together a thousand or so years of … Continue reading Fringes Text Study 05/11/2019 – Kedoshim
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 11/10/2018
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
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