Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of Hebrew month of Av) is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, marking the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile that followed. This year, Tisha B’Av falls amidst a modern-day crisis: asylum seekers denied refuge and kept in unthinkable conditions, families separated and children locked in cages, and immigrant communities under perpetual threat of deportation. Join us—along with dozens of communities across the country—as we share stories, sing lamentations, stand with those impacted, and call for a new vision of healing and justice. Together, we will demonstrate that we will not turn our backs on our immigrant neighbors. We welcome people of all faith traditions to this community-wide event.
This event is hosted by Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin. Co-sponsors include: NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women) Austin; Congregation Beth Israel; and Austin Jews for Justice.
*What is Tisha B’Av?*
Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the Temple, as well as many other catastrophes throughout Jewish history. While many other Jewish holidays focus on our joy at our survival, Tisha B’Av asks us to confront and mourn the continued brokenness of the world. Many Jews observe this though fasting, reading the biblical Book of Lamentations, and reaffirming our commitment to repairing the world.
*What to expect*
We will gather to read passages from the book of Lamentations alongside testimonies from those impacted by the U.S. immigration system. Afterwards, there will be a time to take action by writing postcards to our legislators and to learn about opportunities for further involvement.