Temple Beth-El

Erev Tisha B’Av service

Wednesday, July 26, 2023    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We invite you to join us at Temple Beth-El for a joint service with Rabbi Jerry Blum and Temple Isaiah for a solemn and spiritually powerful service commemorating Tisha B’Av.  

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning for tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. By extension, it is also a time for marking pain and loss in our personal lives and the brokenness clearly present in our world today.   

Just seven weeks before Rosh Hashanah, Tisha B’Av also marks the beginning of the High Holidays season. Our spiritual journey of t’shuvah starts on Tisha B’Av, when we weep for the pain we have sometimes caused ourselves and others by our actions.  

Over the next seven weeks, our lamentation gives way to hope as we climb toward the light and promise of Rosh Hashanah. Tisha B’Av, sacred mourning is the first step on the road to renewal. 

We will come together to light the path, transitioning into this sacred time of healing with songs and readings from Eicha, the Book of Lamentations, each of us lighting a candle of memory for those we have loved and lost.

We will mourn together for what has been and is no longer, and pray together for what might be: that we may soon know redemption, wholeness, and peace. “Ba-yom ha-hu yihyeh Adonai echad ush’mo echad – on that day God will be one and God’s name will be one.”   

Rabbi Brian Stoller     Rabbi Megan Brumer     Cantor Adam Davis


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