Tishah Be-Av Eve

Wed, July 29

Outdoors & In-Person near Bloor & Bathurst
(exact location provided upon registration)

REGISTRATION ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED for public health purposes. Register at https://guestlist.co/events/657516

We’ll also live stream online via Zoom for those unable to join us in person.
(No need to register for online viewing.)
Meeting ID: 955 4183 9308, Password: 024117
In the event of rain, we’ll be online.

Please join us for a powerful, contemplative evening marking historical Jewish loss and ongoing brokenness in the world as we usher in Tishah 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 with fasting, refraining from wearing leather, and other mourning customs. (For more background, see here.)

We’ll pray the brief evening service and listen to the Biblical book of Eikhah/Lamentations, hauntingly chanted by community members. We’ll also sing some songs, kinnot (elegies), and niggunim (wordless melodies).

For our community’s and broader society’s safety, we are strictly following Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Places of Worship.
If you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home.

Please bring:
MASK that covers your nose, mouth & chin (MANDATORY!)
Blanket, cushion, or chair for sitting (it’s customary to sit low to the ground for Eikhah)
Cash to donate toward feeding the hungry, 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.”
Kippah/head covering (if you wear one during services)
Seating will be physically distant and there will be separate sections for women’s, men’s, and mixed (all genders) seating, from which you can choose when you register. Since we’ll be outdoors and not in a regular prayer space, there won’t be curtains between these sections.

Any children who come must be able to sit next to their parent for the full duration of the program and maintain physical distancing from all others. Children must be registered as well.

Please note that washrooms will NOT be available.

FYI, the fast begins Wed at sunset, 8:43pm, and ends Thurs at nightfall, 9:32pm.

Don’t forget to register now at https://guestlist.co/events/657516

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