Thursday, August 6, 2020

In This Moment: July 30: Tisha B'Av

In This Moment

I return today from a few weeks "away" - and just in time for Tisha B'Av, the fast day that begins this evening.  I hope this finds you in good health.  A special thank you to all who held the fort in my absence.  I heard great things! 

We continue to plod along as the pandemic rages around us, though thankfully, for the moment, less so in our state.  Our minyans and Shabbat services will continue to be on Zoom, as we fight off the ennui of cabin fever, which too often leads to letting down our guard, and we cherish our moments together - moments of real connection, even if they are primarily virtual.

See below a flyer about tonight's unprecedented partnership among Conservative synagogues near and far in the chanting of Lamentations.  We'll be joined by Congregation Beth El of Norwalk, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD and The Conservative Synagogue of Westport.  Click here to register for the service on Zoom.  And click here to watch the service on YouTube.  It begins at 8:15.

Also, see the other flyer regarding tomorrow's Tisha B'Av learning sessions sponsored by the UJF, featuring our community's Board of Rabbis.

Tisha B'Av is a time to recognize the dangers of causeless hatred (see these sources as to why the temples were destroyed) and to promote "causeless love," by listening to our neighbors with compassion.  Let's redouble our efforts to do that, as we summon the patience to endure our own trials.

May we all be comforted.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

 Contact Diane Sloyer at to register

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