High Holidays 5781/2020 with Fringes and Tikkun Olam Chavurah

Again this year, for the 8th time, Fringes and Tikkun Olam Chavurah are creating engaged, political, and creative High Holiday services. Co-led by Rabbi Linda Holtzman and Fringes leaders/members Karen Escovitz, Elliott batTzedek, and Sue Hoffman, the services will this year be held on the Internets rather than in the lovely historic stone Mennonite church in our physical neighborhood.

As always, our services will include traditional and new liturgy, explicit pro-justice, pro-Palestine, anti-racism values, and beautiful music. We’ll also have talks by Rabbis Linda Holtzman and Rebecca Alpert. Sadly this year there will be no live goats visiting during Yom Kippur, but they’ll be back as soon as we can safely gather in person.

You must pre-register to get the links for our services – this is necessary to protect our services from intentional disruption.


Rosh Hashanah morning services: Saturday September 19 starting at 9:30 am EDT

Tashlich: Sunday afternoon, September 20 at 4 pm. In person, masked and socially distanced, we’ll be meeting at the headquarters of the Philadelphia School District, where we’ll be casting off the “sins” of racism in the funding of our school system. Here’s a script for people to use privately.

Yom Kippur services

Sunday evening September 27

Kol Nidre, beginning at 6:30 pm

Monday September 28

Morning services, starting at 9:30 am

Minchah, starting at 3:30 pm, our yearly reading of Judy Grahn’s long poem “A Woman Is Talking to Death”

Yizkor, starting at 4:30 pm

Martyrology, starting at 5:45 pm, focusing on John Lewis, C.T. Vivian, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, and people who have given their lives for voting rights

Ne’ilah, starting at 6:30 pm and ending with sunset and the final grand shofar blow at 7:30 pm

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