Tish`ah be-Av Eve

Saturday, July 25

Join Makom and the Kiever to usher in Tish`ah be-Av, the ninth day of the lunar month of Av.

This date marks the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem and other tragedies in Jewish history. It is traditionally observed by fasting, refraining from wearing leather, and other mourning customs. For more background, see here.


10pm – Doors Open
10:15 sharp – Services Start
11:30pm – Program Ends (approx.)
The Kiever Synagogue
25 Bellevue Ave., Toronto

We’ll pray the brief evening service (including an abridged havdalah to end Shabbat) and listen to the Biblical book of Eikhah (Lamentations), hauntingly chanted by a number of community members.

It is customary to sit on the floor of the synagogue with the lights dimmed, so please BRING A FLASHLIGHT. We’ll also sing some songs, kinnot (elegies), and niggunim (wordless melodies).

If you’d like to chant a chapter of Eikhah, please contact Rabbi Aaron ASAP.

Please BRING ONE OR MORE FOOD ITEMS for the St. Stephen’s Community House Corner Drop-In kitchen, in keeping with the spirit of Isaiah 58:6-7, “This is the fast I desire … It is to share your bread with the hungry.”

Fresh vegetables, grains, and canned or boxed foods are all welcome.

FYI, the fast begins Saturday at sunset, 8:48pm, and ends Sunday at nightfall, 9:38pm. There will be a low partition between women’s and men’s seating for the evening service, which will be removed for Eikhah and the rest of the evening’s program.

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