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Tishah B’Av

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Injustice No More: Tishah B'Av 5781/2021

Meaning "ninth of Av," Tishah B'Av is a traditional day of mourning the destruction of both ancient Temples in Jerusalem. In Reform Judaism it has become our practice to remember Jewish tragedies in our history and recommit ourselves and our community to Jewish life.

As our lives were reimagined in the past 20 months, with the Covid pandemic, we have had the opportunity to re-examine the work in our communities and world. As we have seen over the past year, specifically with the murder of George Floyd and the global pandemic, racial justice and systemic justice issues need to be at the center of our work.

Temple’s Tishah B’Av observance will feature the documentary “40 Days of Teshuvah,” which follows the story of Yehudah Webster and his 40-day protest after the murder of George Floyd. Join us to watch the film on Saturday, July 17 at 7 p.m. Join in person in Stern Chapel and online participation is also available. Register in advance here.

The short film, by director and producer Hannah Roodman, documents last summer’s 40 Days of Teshuvah action in Grand Army Plaza. Yehudah Webster and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) protested for 40 days culminating with Tishah B'Av 2020. This demonstration came to being after the brutal murder of George Floyd and the racial justice uprising last summer. For 40 Days, organizers cried out to the heavens, blew the shofar, and mourned the destruction of black and brown bodies at the hands of the racist systems that exist today.  

Watch the documentary trailer:

40 Days of Teshuvah