August 13, 2016, 8:30 PM
West Suburban Temple Har Zion
River Forest, Illinois
Commemorate and contemplate all that has befallen the Jewish people through our long history, and our extraordinary resilience through all of the tears. We will begin with the Ma’ariv service and read the Book of Eicha, Lamentations, on the floor (for those who can), as is customary on Tisha b’Av, including stories, readings, and singing. A moving and meaningful evening for an important Jewish holiday, when we think about the brokenness in the world and how we can fix it.
Tisha b’Av is the other important fast day of the Jewish calendar. Culminating a three-week period of mourning, it is the day when the Temples were destroyed, and the day when many other tragedies befell the Jewish people, including the expulsion from Spain, when the Romans defeated the Bar Kokhba revolt… It is also the day, according to our tradition, when the messiah will be born.
Maariv service at 8:30.
Eichah reading at 9 with poetry readings, singing, and the reading of Eicha.