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Tisha B'Av Recap

Tisha Bav Film Discussion

Tisha B'Av activities included evening reading of Lamentations, film and afternoon service. The film was very thought provoking and generated lots of animated discussion. 

May the next Tisha B'Av be observed in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem with joy and celebration with the complete redemption for all mankind!

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Guest Speaker Mark Halawa - From Kuwait to Jerusalem - Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm 

Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30 pm 

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Film Screening: Keep Quiet

Join us for a Tisha B'Av afternoon screening of this critically-acclaimed documentary film:


As vice-president of Hungary's far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials. But his life was soon upended when Szegedi's maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith, fearing further persecution.

Sunday at 5:30 pm
Tisha B'Av
At Chabad Bay Area
Free of charge

Tisha B'Av Schedule - Saturday Eve & Sunday

Tisha B'Av - The major fast day commemorating the destruction of the two Holy Temples in Jerusalem.


  • Starts this Saturday Night, July 21 at 8:20 pm
  • Ends Sunday, July 22 at 8:46 pm


  • Traditional Reading of Eicha (Book of Lamentations) on Saturday, July 21 at 9:30 pm.


  • Join us for a special documentary film, "KEEP QUIET," on Sunday, July 22 at 5:30 pm. 


  • Sunday: Shacharit at 9 am / Mincha-Maariv (with Tefillin) at 7:30 pm. Followed by light refreshments at the end of the fast.

How to Observe: Tisha B'av

What is Tisha B'av

The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av," the date on which both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual darkness began.

Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the preceding day and lasts till the following nightfall. During this time-period we fast, eschew pleasurable activities and amenities, and lament the destruction of the Holy Temple and our nation’s exile.

Basic Laws of Tisha B'av

Besides fasting, we abstain from additional pleasures: washing, applying lotions or creams, wearing leather footwear, and marital relations. Until midday, we sit on the floor or on low stools. We also abstain from studying Torah—besides those parts that discuss the destruction of the Temple.

On the eve of Tisha b’Av, we gather in the synagogue to read the Book of Lamentations. Tallit and tefillin are not worn during the morning prayers. After the morning prayers we recite Kinot (elegies). We don the tallit and tefillin for the afternoon prayers.

For more about Tisha B'av, click here.

This Tuesday: The Temple Mystery

Join us this Tuesday for part two in the class:

The spellbinding mystery, spirituality and history of "G-d's House"

(a.k.a., The Beit Hamikdash - The Holy Temple in Jerusalem) 

In this lesson: How did the Temple look and function? Get 3-D tour of the inside. What do Jewish sources say about what happened to the precious items like the Ark of the Covenant?  The destruction and its aftermath. Is there any archeological evidence? Did Judaism change post-temple? Will there be another one? 

Presented in conjunction with the "Three Weeks" period on the Jewish calendar during which we mourn for the destruction of the Holy Temple (Beit Hamikdash) in Jerusalem. 

Tuesday, July 17 at 7:30 pm

Led by Rabbi Yitzchok Schmukler

The Nine Days start today

Friday, July 13 is the first day of the month Av.  

The first nine days of Av are days of mourning for the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. Among other observances, during this time we refrain from eating meat or drinking wine (except on Shabbat), swimming or bathing for pleasure, remodeling or expanding a home and buying new clothes.

The Nine Days culminate in the fast of Tisha B'Av (The Ninth of Av). 

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