JVP High Holidays: Services across the US to join or watch

Posted on Aug 10, 2018

In one month I am co-leading Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services in our vital JVP community here in Philadelphia.  As Rabbi Linda Holtzman and I sat down to plan, we faced a hard truth – nothing is normal this year, nothing can be the same, and our High Holiday services must be structured to nurture activists and resistance.  Our communities ask no less of us.

Thanks to decades of organizing, we are now experiencing a new phenomenon in U.S. Judaism: there are now numerous communities nationwide that are welcoming and comfortable spaces for prayer and reflection for JVP members. More than there ever have been for Jews like us, whose commitment to justice for all people is at the center of our Jewishness and lives, we have places to be our whole selves these High Holy Days and JVP is proud to welcome you join in-person or virtually.

Like many of us right now, I sometimes feel so much despair it’s hard to even remember to breathe in the face of the corrupt powers-that-be in our country and in Palestine/Israel. So I am, in part, creating the prayers that I need in order to gather my community, find my center, move into a New Year  ready to pursue and pursue justice.

And I want the same for you, so invite you to check out JVP’s High Holiday Website where you will find a schedule for livestreamed high holiday services led by JVP rabbis and members, a list of over a dozen JVP-friendly services around the country, ritual guides, and high holiday cards to send to loved ones.

We know you are searching for Jewish spiritual practices that grow from a commitment   to justice and human rights and meeting this need is a critical part of our political work at JVP.

With blessings of a new year of peace through justice for all,

Elliott batTzedek
Fringes: a feminist, non-zionist havurah
Philadelphia, PA

P.S. Today is your last chance to get a pack of JVP member artist-designed High Holiday cards. Get a pack now to share the love!