Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of Hebrew month Av) is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, marking tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. As we mark this day of mourning for tragic events that occurred in our past, we cannot ignore the cries of those whose tragedy is unfolding before us. This year, Jewish communities across the country are marking the observance of Tisha B’Av in solidarity with the modern-day tragedy befalling asylum seekers denied refuge. As the Book of Lamentations, read on Tisha B’Av, expresses the anguish suffered in the aftermath of the destruction of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, we cry out with the families separated and the children locked up.
Reflection – Tisha B’Av, Sun., Aug. 11, 10:30am –Our Tisha B’Av observance at Temple Sinai will feature excerpts from the biblical book of Lamentations, song and meditation, and prayers and readings reflecting upon the current situation at our nation’s borders.
Action – Thurs., Aug. 8, noon in Glens Falls
The Saratoga Immigration Coalition, of which Temple Sinai is a co-sponsoring organization, is partnering with the Saratoga Peace Alliance to hold a rally at noon on Thursday, August 8 in the park by Crandall Library in Glens Falls. Rabbi Linda has been asked to MC this event, and Rabbi Jonathan will be attending as well. This rally is organized to shine a light on the plight of migrant children that have been taken from their families and put in detention facilities. Speakers will include Skidmore professor Diana Barnes and attorney Kathy Manley.
Here is a video link of Rabbi Linda MC’ing the rally, and Rabbi Jonathan blowing the Shofar…