Setting: Carpenter’s Woods in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Spring 2016
Chana: Hey, we work really well together. Let’s do more!
Chana: Let’s do something about Jewish women…
Annie: … about sexism… and celebrating our power… and gender…
Chana: Phew, all the stuff coming up in this election about women in positions of power.
Annie: What if we did some sort of ritual guiding the show?
Annie: There’s so much else going on right now that we could explore. Black Lives Matter, and –
Chana: And the imminent collapse of the capitalist patriarchy!
Annie: Something like that.
Chana: OK, let’s do a show. I know we both have kids and lots going on, but we’re gonna come up with something amazing. I know it. We’re moms. We know how to use our time well.
Annie: OK, let’s do it. We can use music –
Chana: I can provide that!
Annie: and harmonies –
Chana: We can provide that!
Annie: And it can be interactive with the audience; they can participate in the rituals and conversations and singing.
Annie: This is going to be awesome.
Chana: It really is. I can’t wait. Hey, let’s set a date. How about the Philly Fringe Festival in September?
Annie: Really? Fringe Festival? Well, heck, why not? Let’s do it.
Chana: Just in time for the soul-searching of the High Holidays.
Ritualwell is excited to sponsor Chana and Annie’s Fringe show, KapparotAn atonement ritual done prior to Yom Kippur. Among certain hassidim, a live chicken (who metaphorically has had transferred to it the family's sins) is swung around the head of its owner before being slaughtered . Today, some Jews swing a bag of money in a alternative kapparot ritual and give the money to charity as a sign of atonement., taking place on September 15, 2016, and September 17, 2016, in Philadelphia. For more details and to buy tickets, click here.