Tisha B’Av

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  TISHA B'AV 2017 / 5777
Monday, July 31 – Tuesday, August 1

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, Monday, July 31
8:00pm Mincha
8:30pm Maariv and Eicha

Tisha B'Av, Tuesday, August 1
7:15am 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.


We Remember: Global LGBTQ Communities in Crisis
Tisha B'Av Panel Discussion

Wednesday, August 2 @ 7:00pm Register Here
The Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Tisha B'Av is considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar.  It is a time to reflect on the destruction of the ancient Temples in Jerusalem, as well as other communal tragedies of the Jewish people.  In symbolic tribute to the ritual observance of Tisha B'Av, GLOE will mark this day by examining the current climate of persecution targeting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the recent wave of detention and torture of gay men in the Chechnya region of Russia, and the impact of the global LGBTQ refugee crisis created by factors such as systematic executions of LGBTQ people by the Islamic State and anti-gay legislation passed in places like Uganda.

Please join us, for what we expect to be a powerful conversation with experts on various humanitarian crises affecting LGBTQ communities around the world. 

Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States