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Tisha B’Av

The 9th of Av marks the deepest day of mourning on the Jewish calendar: a fast day when we remember the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other moments of loss and exile in Jewish history. It is traditional to chant the book of Lamentations and recite special poems – songs of loss and sadness. Tisha b’Av is also a turning point in the Jewish calendar, for immediately afterwards we begin counting seven weeks to Rosh Hashanah – weeks of comfort and preparation for renewal.


5782 Program: From Destruction to Rebuilding

Saturday, August 6, 8:00-9:30 pm
CDT's Fellowship Hall (no Zoom option

Join Rabbi Toba and CDT congregants for this evening commemorating the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. We will hear the chanting of the book of Lamentations, sit with the experience brokenness in our hearts and in our world, and – based on a tradition that the Messiah will be born on Tisha b'Av – begin to move towards rebuilding through song, study, and artistic expression (no artistic background necessary!) as we prepare for the work of tikkun, “repair.”


Public Lament: A Gathering for Tisha B'Av

Sunday, August 7, 5:00-7:00 pm 
Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

Join Rabbi Toba and other T'ruah Clergy, Kavod, and Greater Boston's Jewish community. On the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, when we fast in remembrance of destruction and exile, we come together to mourn the brokenness of our society and our world. In response to rising antisemitism and systemic racism – we lament. In the wake of Supreme Court decisions eviscerating gun control, limiting environmental protections, and denying the right to reproductive freedom – we lament. In a time of hearts hardened to the migrant and stranger, those seeking to breathe free – we lament. In a world shattered by war and brutality, the threat of nuclear weapons and climate catastrophe – we lament. 

We come together to grieve, to resist, and to gather strength for the work of rebuilding all that is broken. On the day when, according to Jewish tradition, the Messiah will be born, we also come together to imagine another world, and to learn from those whose work for racial and economic justice is at the forefront of that reimagining.

Mon, August 8 2022 11 Av 5782