Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Tisha B’Av

Tisha B’Av, the 9th of Av, commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE, respectively, and is the culmination of a three-week period that begins on the minor fast day of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (17th of Tammuz–observed July 5, 2015). It is a day of mourning and fasting in the Jewish calendar.

"Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem" by Francesco Hayez, 1867

“Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem” by Francesco Hayez, 1867

Tikvat Israel will observe Tisha B’Av jointly with Congregation Shaare Tefila. Join us on Saturday, July 25, at 9:30 p.m. at TI for Maariv and the chanting of Megillat Eicha (Lamentations). Participants are encouraged to bring small flashlights. Leather shoes are not worn.


  • Saturday, August 13 — 9:15 pm at Shaare Tefila: Ma’ariv and the chanting of Megillat Eicha. Participants are encouraged to bring small flashlights. (Shaare Tefila is located at 16620 Georgia Ave, Olney, MD 20832)
  • Sunday, August 14 — 9:00 am at Tikvat Israel: Torah and haftarah readings from the Book of Isaiah
  • Sunday, August 14 — 4:00 pm at Tikvat Israel: Minchah
  • The full fast ends at approximately 8:45 pm and so there will be no Ma’ariv service on Aug. 14.