This year, Tikkun Olam Chavurah and Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah celebrated S’lichot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with vibrant services and a wonderful community of folks joining together to bring in the new year with spirit and joy. Joining with Rabbi Linda in service leadership and planning were Elliott batTzedek, Karen Escovitz (Otter), and Ariana Katz. Together, they were a strong, talented team of service leaders. Joining in with prayer and talks were Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, Sue Hoffman, Lauren Easley, Cathi Tillman, Susan Landau, Wilbur Bryant II, Sherrie Cohen, Reverend Greg Holston, and Simone Zelitch, Pastor Amy Yoder McGloughlin, and the whole group that went to Palestine together with the Christian Peacemaker Team this summer. It takes a village to put together great High Holiday services and celebration and we have a terrific one!
Services centered around the ways to make this coming year a powerful, positive one for us and for our larger community. Talks were about how to claim our power and use it ethically, how to live in the world as both Jews and citizens in a country of rigid racial hierarchies, how to destroy the myths that hold us back, and how to choose life by bringing all the parts of ourselves into our lives. We focused on community, on race, on Israel-Palestine, and on the Pope. Together, we walked each other into 5776 with beautiful music, magnificent poetry, and powerful contemporary new liturgy. Now we are all ready to start the year.
Ahavah Rabbah, Elliott batTzedek
Ashamnu for the Mindset of Privilege, Elliott batTzedek
Ki Anu Amecha, Elliott batTzedek
U’netaneh Tokef, Rabbi Brant Rosen
Al Chet, “A Confession of Communal Complicity”, Rabbi Brant Rosen