TISHA B'AV 2016 / 5776

Saturday, August 13 – Sunday, August 14

Join us for Tisha B’Av observances at Adas – a moving service experience, as we gather with the setting sun to quietly chant the Book of Lamentations, Eicha, in a darkened candlelit atmosphere, using the traditional melodies. For twenty centuries, Tisha B’Av, the ninth of Av, has served as a commemoration of the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem – a somber reminder of the continuing brokenness of our world, and our yearning to see it renewed.

Tisha B'Av Schedule at Adas

Erev Tisha B'Av, Saturday, August 13

1:30pm Shabbat Mincha Services
9:00pm Maariv and Eicha

Tisha B'Av, Sunday, August 14

9:00am Shacharit and Eicha
6:00pm Mincha

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) and to weep. 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.

Sun, September 24 2017 4 Tishrei 5778