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Tisha B'Av 2020 / 5780

Wednesday, July 29 – Thursday, July 30

Join our full Adas clergy for an especially poignant Tisha B’Av experience over the airwaves. Streamed from a breathtaking outdoor location, with “streamed-in” participatory Eicha readings from our community members. As we mark the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem through words and sounds of Eicha, we take stock of the world we live in today, acknowledge that which is broken, and commit mightily to its renewal. We encourage you to join from a darkened space, and from the ground or a low chair if comfortable and practical for you. 


Tisha B'Av Schedule at Adas

Erev Tisha B'Av, Wednesday, July 29

9:00pm Outdoor Maariv/ Eicha service with clergy

Tisha B'Av, Thursday, July 30

7:30am Shacharit and Eicha with the Daily Minyan - Click to join the Zoom service

6:00pm Mincha with the Daily Minyan - Click to join the Zoom service


History of Tisha B'Av

For twenty centuries, Tisha b’Av, the ninth of Av, has been the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is known as the White Fast, Tisha b’Av is called the Black Fast. It commemorates the destructions of both Temples in Jerusalem, the death of Bar Kochba and the last rebellion against Rome in 135 CE, as well as the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492.

When they could, Jews would historically come to the area near the Kotel (the Western Wall) in order to read Eicha (the Book of Lamentations). Most Jews, of course, could not come to Jerusalem, and during many periods, the Kotel area could not be approached.

In modern times, the establishment of the State of Israel caused some to question whether Tisha b’Av was necessary any longer. This debate continues, although those who observe the day recognize its symbolic power and emphasize that we still lament the destruction of the Temples, which ruptured the sense of connectedness to God.

Join us in this annual beautiful experience as we connect with tradition and history.

Mon, September 21 2020 3 Tishrei 5781