Fringes January 2022 – to come back to still water

We did a modified service this month, shorter than our usual shabbat morning, built around the combined themes of winter, secular new year, and honoring trees in anticipation of Tu B'Shvat. We also marked a difficult milestone - the 11th month of saying kaddish for founding member Barbara Granger. Download a PDF of our January … Continue reading Fringes January 2022 – to come back to still water

Fringes December 2021 – to know the dark, go dark

Ever since Fringes was founded our December service has revolved around honoring the wisdom of the dark time of the year. Founded in part by witchy Jews, we know the dark is part of our natural cycle, not something to fear or dread, and we actively resist the western tradition that associates the dark with … Continue reading Fringes December 2021 – to know the dark, go dark

Fringes October 2021 – blue-gray sentinels, nearly motionless

Our liturgy this month centered us in the space where we dwell - balanced between Jewish liturgical history and our lives today in our cities in North America. We moved between the moment when Jewish prayer switches to beseeching the rains to come and the arrival of autumn. You can download a PDF of our … Continue reading Fringes October 2021 – blue-gray sentinels, nearly motionless

High Holidays 5782 with Fringes and Tikkun Olam Chavurah

In 2021/5782 most of our services will again be online. We'd hoped to have some events in person, but the rise of the COVID Delta variant has made that unsafe. Next year, in person! Our communities don't require tickets of any kind for our services - but we do need donations from those who can … Continue reading High Holidays 5782 with Fringes and Tikkun Olam Chavurah

Fringes July 2021: to be holy something must exist in relationship

As a non-zionist havurah, our community was founded on the idea that all people are chosen and all land is holy. We therefore celebrate the cycles of our own natural year even as we mark the ritual cycles of an ancient, nearly-imagined homeland contained within Jewish liturgy. In July we honor the berries coming ripe … Continue reading Fringes July 2021: to be holy something must exist in relationship

Fringes May 2021: Even skin must crack open

Our May, 2021 service honored the Brood X periodical cicadas that are crawling to the surface in the millions all around Philadelphia. We offered praise to the wonders of the natural world, and grief for the human destruction of that world. The slide show for our liturgy this month is here. We listened to Aly … Continue reading Fringes May 2021: Even skin must crack open

After the Verdict, We Gathered

With palpable relief that SOME accountability had happened, and mired in the grief that yet another Black teenager had been murdered by police, we gathered to mark the morning after the verdict of the Chauvin trial Download the slide pack for our morning liturgy here. Resources used in the service: Jericho Brown reading his poem … Continue reading After the Verdict, We Gathered

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 … Continue reading High Holidays 5781/2020 with Fringes and Tikkun Olam Chavurah