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Tisha B’Av: Maariv and Eicha Chanting
July 29 @ 9:30 pm - 10:30 pmFree
We will have options to participate in Maariv and Eicha either in person or virtually. To attend in person, advance registration is required below by 12pm on 7/29 and is limited to 50 people. If attending in person, see the important protocols below and also our FAQ page for more information. To participate via Zoom, contact Melani Baker for the link. The siddur and Eicha text will be shared on the screen.
Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) is the day of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (both the first and the second), and all that entailed– physical violence and destruction– but also the loss of a spiritual home, the sense of being cut off from the Divine, exile, and longing for the past. As we cope with our own losses, large and small, this year, the themes of Tisha B’Av are particularly resonant, and it seems especially appropriate that the Jewish calendar offers a day for us to feel and honor our grief. May Tisha B’Av serve as a chance for us to sit with and acknowledge our losses this year, and may the Jewish people’s resilience in the aftermath of the destruction of the Temple inspire us to do what we can to build a better tomorrow.
- Anyone displaying possible symptoms of COVID may not attend. These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Other symptoms as may be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- If you are awaiting COVID test results, you may not attend.
- If you register and then cannot attend, please let us know so that we may offer your spot to someone else.
- If you develop COVID symptoms within 7 days after attending, please let us know.
- Attendees should provide their own siddur. (CBS members may check out a CBS siddur for use during pandemic.) If borrowing for the current service, the used siddur must be placed in box labeled with the date.
- All participants must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the entire duration of the service, including service leaders/Torah readers/etc. Masks will be available for those who need one.
- Participants will maintain physical distance (6 feet) from each other (with the exception of those who live in the same household) at all times.
- Only the service leader/Torah reader/Haftarah reader will be permitted to sing; participants are encouraged to recite, read, mumble, meditate, whisper, listen, and hum.