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Tisha B'Av


Tisha B'Av Food Drive

As we prepare for and observe the fast of Tisha B'Av, please join FTJC in supporting the kosher food pantry at the JCC of Washington Heights & Inwood by donating non-perishable canned or packaged food, unopened and unexpired, with kosher symbols. (No junk food, please!) Donations can be brought for contactless dropoff to 121 Bennett Ave, ground floor, to the right of the entrance. Buzzer is 111 and then the bell sign. Hours are 9:30-5, or 12:30 on Fridays. Call the office when you come and let them know you're leaving the food at the office door: 212-568-5450. Financial donations also welcome to enable the JCC to purchase the food items they need: via website at or using Chase Quickpay to

The Nine Days

The Nine Days begin with Rosh Chodesh Av (Thursday night July 28 and Friday July 29) and continue through Tisha B'Av (which this year falls on a Shabbat and is deferred to the next day: observed Saturday night August 6 and Sunday August 7).

To carry us into an atmosphere of mourning, traditional practices for the Nine Days include:  avoiding public celebrations, concerts, and haircuts; refraining from luxuries such as meat, wine, shaving, new clothes, and laundry (except for children's needs). The restrictions on meat and wine are suspended on Shabbat.

Tisha B'Av - Fast of the Ninth of Av

Traditional practices for Tisha B'Av include: refraining from eating, drinking, sexual relations, oils and perfumes, bathing (except minimal washing to remove dirt or after using the toilet), studying Torah (except for books like Lamentations and Job), wearing leather shoes, and greeting one another (especially with the word "shalom").

These restrictions begin Saturday August 6 at sunset (8:05 PM), even though it will still be Shabbat. During Shabbat, please take care to eat and to hydrate yourself; however, because we do not use Shabbat time to prepare for the day after, we do not explicitly state that we are eating and drinking to prepare for Tisha B'Av. 

Fasting on Tisha B'Av is a mitzvah for all Jews over the age of b'nei mitzvah who are able to do so. Those who have a medical condition that prevents fasting at all should eat and/or drink as needed. Those who are able to fast for at least part of the day should continue for as long as they can, then should eat and/or drink as needed. Because this year's observance is deferred from Shabbat to what is actually the 10th of Av, there is additional reason to be lenient with one's fasting practice.

Tisha B'Av Night Service with Eichah (Virtual and In-Person)

After nightfall, at 9:00 PM on Saturday August 6, we will gather for Ma'ariv (evening prayers), the reading of Eichah (Lamentations), and chanting of Kinot (dirge poems).

Location: Hebrew Tabernacle Social Hall.

A video livestream will be available via Zoom and in our community's Facebook group.

Please bring a copy of Eichah. Extras copies, as well as flashlights, will be available. It is customary to sit on the ground if able. Chairs will also be available. For help with seating or other accessibility needs, please e-mail

Tisha B'Av Daytime Services and Learning Sessions

Location: The Y, 54 Nagle Ave., Room 216-217. This is a combined double multipurpose room, with windows at both ends and air conditioning. The location is wheelchair accessible via an elevator.

Shacharit on Sunday August 7 will begin at 9:00 AM
Tallit and tefillin are not worn at Shacharit, and the custom is to sit on the floor if able; chairs will also be available. The service will include Kinot (dirge poems).

Jewish learning sessions from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM, in-person and via Zoom, related to Tisha B'Av, will be offered by our members. 

Minchah will begin at 1:40 PM. 
Tallit and tefillin are worn at Minchah, and we sit normally on chairs, as the liturgical mood begins to shift toward consolation.

More online learning is being offered by our friends at the Hadar Institute all day; more information here.

Other practices that could enhance one's observance of Tisha B'Av might include: Fasting until the time for Minchah (1:40 PM); reading upsetting parts of the Bible (Lamentations, Job, prophetic rebukes) or rabbinic literature on the destruction of the Temples; reading books or watching films about other tragedies in Jewish history; reflecting on the role of our own misdeeds and "sinat chinam" (gratuitous hatred) in contributing to our suffering; and turning our minds toward teshuvah (return, repentance) as we approach the High Holidays just seven weeks away.

The fast ends at nightfall, 8:50 PM, with havdalah (blessing only borei pri hagafen and hamavdil).

The restrictions on meat and wine continue on Sunday night (because observance of Tisha B'Av is deferred this year to Sunday; in other years the restrictions on meat and wine continue until midday on the following day, because tradition holds that the Temple ruins still smoldered until then).

Questions? Feel free to e-mail Rabbi Guy.


Tue, August 16 2022 19 Av 5782