Local JVP-friendly High Holiday Services 5780

We are proud to offer this list of services where JVP members are welcomed.

Across the country, JVP Rabbis, lay-leaders, members are holding services and gatherings celebrating the cycles of the Jewish year. From Berkeley to Philadelphia, find a congregation or chavurah where you live or travel!

JVP-friendly communities typically already have JVP members contributing to the community and reflect liberatory ideals, including critical analysis of Israel’s government. JVP-friendly communities do not have Israeli or American flags on the Bimah or recite national anthems; do not collect money for the JNF or other bodies of the Israeli government; or recite prayers for the state of Israel.

Want to add your congregation or community to this list?
We would love that! Please e-mail ilana.lerman@jvp.org

listed alphabetically by US city

 

Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl
www.hinenubaltimore.org/
Baltimore, MD

We are a growing community in Baltimore of Jews and our allies who study, pray, organize, and care for one another. We’re building a synagogue-meets-community center-meets-beit midrash-meets-workers co-op.

 

Kehilla Community Synagogue
www.kehillasynagogue.org/
Bay Area, CA

A community of social progressives and spiritual seekers: a participatory, musical, celebratory and democratic congregation of all ages, identities and family constellations.

 

Chochmat Halev
www.chochmat.org/
Berkeley, CA

Chochmat Halev is a progressive, welcoming, joyful, inclusive, path to Jewish spiritual and ethical practice with a dynamic youth and family program.

 

Workmens Circle
www.circleboston.org/
Boston, MA

Come together as a secular community rooted in a Jewish commitment to social justice for a program of readings, reflection, and singing.

 

Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
www.dorsheitzedek.org 
Boston Area, MA 

We are an inclusive, diverse and progressive Reconstructionist community which welcomes people of all backgrounds and points of view who share our core values.

 

Nevei Kodesh
www.neveikodesh.org/
Boulder, CO

A renewal congregation building a dynamic, inclusive, multigenerational, participatory community dedicated to renewing Jewish tradition through engaged spiritual practice, vibrant song, meaningful study, and responsible social action.

 

Kolot Chayeinu
www.kolotchayeinu.org
Brooklyn, NY

An independent Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice, and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. Join us for High Holidays- no tickets required.

 

Mendocino Coast Jewish Community
www.mcjc.org
Caspar, CA

Eclectic rural Jewish community, leans Reconstructionist but has a little bit of everything, lots of heart.

 

Makom Shalom
www.makomshalom.com
Chicago, IL

Chicago’s only Renewal congregation. Intimate, spiritual, social action-oriented community in the city.

 

Mishkan Chicago
https://www.mishkanchicago.org/
Chicago, IL

We believe that Judaism is a vehicle to bring more light, more justice, more healing, more love, and more joy into the world. And that’s what it’s all about.

 

Tzedek Chicago
https://www.tzedekchicago.org
Chicago, IL

We are an intentional congregational community based on core values of justice, equity and solidarity with the oppressed. In our educational programs, celebrations and liturgy, we emphasize the Torah’s central narrative of liberation, the prophetic imperative to speak truth to power, and an expansive diasporic vision that views the entire world as our homeland.

 

Congregation T’chiyah
http://www.tchiyah.org
Detroit, MI

A progressive, spiritual, queer-loving, justice-pursuing, intergenerational, Reconstructionist community in Metro Detroit, and the founding shul of Detroit Jews for Justice.

 

Sacred Monsters Havurah (מפלצות קדושות- Mifletzot Kadoshot)
Contact: sussiego@me.com
Durham, NC

Join us for a daylong retreat on Yom Kippur.  We are a welcoming shul (community) dedicated to celebrating and practicing an ever-evolving Judaism that is non-zionist, anti-racist, feminist, queer, and earth-based. We embrace revolutionary, evolving liturgy, shared leadership, and a commitment to love and justice for all people.

 

Temple Israel
www.templeisraelgreenfield.org/
Greenfield, MA

A pan-denominational community in Franklin County.

 

Congregation Tikkun v’Or
https://tikkunvor.org
Ithaca, NY

We are a vibrant congregation that strives for a warm personal bond among its members, quality education for the children, and a dynamic program for adults. We are dedicated to justice, equality, human rights, and security for people all over the world, and specifically for all Israelis and Palestinians.

 

Menucha
visit our Eventbrite page
L.A., CA

Come join in a Yom Kippur ritually inspired by earth-based Jewish spirituality, contemplative practice, & radical Judaism. We will focus on honoring the dead, and leaning into doing grief rituals about the state of the world, country, state, city and community.

 

Congregation Shaarei Shamayim
www.shamayim.org
Madison, WI

We are an open, pluralistic congregation committed to building community, working for social justice, and cultivating creative Jewish expression.

 

Mending Minyan
Info coming soon
New Haven, CT

Join us for a Tashlich Ritual on Sunday Oct 6th.  We are guided by the values of Teshuvah (repentance), Tefilla (prayer) and Tzedakah (justice).

 

New Orleans JVP Rosh Hashanah
neworleans@jewishvoiceforpeace.org
New Orleans, LO

Join JVP NOLA for a Rosh Hashanah ritual focused on justice, collective healing and Palestinian solidarity, followed by a festive meal. We will meet at 5:30pm by the McFadden Girl Scout Cabin in City Park. Please bring a pot luck item to share.

 

NISHMAT SHOOM ~ Garlic Eaters Minyan
visit our facebook page
Northampton, MA

Radical – queer – collaborative – non-zionist – magical – diasporist – deeply rooted – deeply connected – inclusive gathering for the DAYS OF AWE.

 

Fringes: a Feminist, Non-Zionist Havurah & Tikun Olam Chavurah
www.tikkunolamchavurah.org/www.fringeshavurah.com/
Philadelphia, PA

Two spiritual and political communities grounded in Jewish values with services that combine traditional and original liturgy, along with a rich musical experience, and social justice-centered talks and Torah study.

 

Kol Tzedek
www.kol-tzedek.org
Philadelphia, PA

A young and growing Reconstructionist social justice-focused synagogue in West Philadelphia.

 

Mishkan Shalom
www.mishkan.org
Philadelphia, PA

We are a dynamic, diverse, progressive and inclusive Jewish community of Tikkun Olam activists and all who share our Statement of Principles are warmly welcomed.

 

Havurah Shalom
www.havurahshalom.org
Portland, OR

A diverse, egalitarian, and welcoming Reconstructionist community, envisioning a just and compassionate world where creative Jewish living and learning guide us toward lives of holiness, meaning, and purpose.

 

Kadima
www.kadima.org/
Seattle, WA

Builds vibrant, purposeful, learning community for Jews and our allies.

 

Queer Mikveh & Soul Candles
https://www.narrowbridgecandles.org/apps/bundles/bundle/14696
Seattle, WA

October 4th 5pm Queer Mikveh Facilitated by Rebekah Erev and Zoh Lev Cunningham, Madrona Beach Seattle, WA.
October 5th Soul Candles Workshop closing with Havdallah observance

 

The New Synagogue Project
www.newsynagogueproject.org/
Washington, D.C.

A new Jewish community has launched in D.C. that is spiritually vibrant, radically inclusive, and reflects our vision for a world of justice, equity, and liberation.


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