Saturday, July 21 at 10 pm, Sunday, July 22 at 9:30 am (Note new times) — Tish’ah Be’Av—the ninth day of the month of Av—marks dark moments in Jewish history: the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and many other tragedies experienced by the Jewish people. According to the midrash, God marked this date as a an eternal day of mourning after the spies that Moses had sent to observe the land of Canaan returned from their mission with a negative report as to whether the land could be conquered.
There is a teaching in the Talmud (Tractate Yoma) that the Second Temple was destroyed due to baseless hatred. We are entering Tish’ah Be’Av this year at a time of global anxiety and uncertainty: trade wars, conflict in the Middle East, war, refugees and immigrants being turned away at borders. Join with your congregation in commemorating Tish’ah Be’Av in a spirit of ḥesed ḥinam—free flowing love.
Tish’ah Be’Av this year commences on Saturday July 21. We will begin services at 10:00 pm on Saturday with evening prayers followed by the chanting of Megillat Eikhah (Lamentations) and the traditional liturgical poems of yearning for a Jerusalem rebuilt, all done by candlelight.
We will have morning services on Sunday, July 22 starting at 9:30 am.
May this season of escalating tensions and violence soon end. “May we see a day when war and bloodshed cease and humankind will not again know war.”
All Are Welcome!