Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

Tisha B’Av

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

Tisha B’Av — the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av — is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago (in the year 70 CE). The Temple was the center of Jewish worship, and with its destruction Judaism itself faced a spiritual crisis. Traditionally it was felt that the Temple was destroyed due to our sins — namely civil discord. Ever since, our liturgy has focused on our spiritual “exile” from Jerusalem and, with our sincere remorse and repentance, the hope that the Temple could be restored.

Tisha B’Av contains elements that help us understand the enormity of that historic and tragic event.

Tisha B’Av is the culmination of a three-week period that begins on the minor fast day of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (17th of Tammuz). It is a day of mourning and fasting in the Jewish calendar.

Tisha B’Av 5780/2020

Wednesday, July 29
8:00 pm We will host a Tisha B’Av presentation via Zoom video conferencing touching on the pandemic and racial justice by a Philadelphia-area pastor.

The Rev. Carolyn Cavaness, pastor of Bethel AME Church of Ardmore, Pa., will deliver remarks tentatively titled “Destruction and Rebirth: What the Book of Micah Can Teach Us About COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.” Cavaness is a board member of Interfaith Philadelphia. Her church is located a few minutes from Rabbi Marc Israel’s previous affiliation in Wynnewood.

8:45 pm Services with Eicha (following Rev. Cavaness’ presentation, which are being co-sponsored by Shaare Tefila and B’nai Shalom of Olney.)
Please watch for more information in B’Kesher.

Participants are encouraged to bring small flashlights to the service. Leather shoes are traditionally not worn. 

Thursday, July 30
9:00 am  Shacharit (morning) service via Zoom
Our observance will include a brief Torah reading and a haftarah. As a sign of mourning, Tallit and tefillin are not worn.
Please watch for more information in B’Kesher.

7:00 pm Mincha service via Zoom
Tallit and tefillin are worn. The Torah will again be read and haftarah chanted.
Please watch for more information in B’Kesher.