Texts and Resources for Tisha B’Av: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps Vigils

Planning an immigrant solidarity event for Tisha B’Av 5579 (August 10-11, 2019)? Here are some resources to help! Don’t forget to register your event with us! If you have resources to share, send them to Rabbi Salem Pearce.

Sign up to organize or participate in a Tisha B’Av: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps immigrant solidarity vigil in your community.

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Prayer for Tisha B’Av Actions: Jews Say #ClosetheCamps

A prayer by Rabbi Mónica Gomery designed to be read preceding or following the sounding of the shofar at a collective protest on Tisha B’Av. Our hope is that the use of this resource will unify #ClosetheCamps events across the country.

T’ruah’s Past Tisha B’Av Divrei Torah

Commentaries by Rabbis Edward C. Bernstein, Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, Lizz Goldstein, Lev Meirowitz Nelson and Denise Handlarski.

Ruth: An Immigration Story

T’ruah’s text study, with a prayer for separated families by Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and the names of the six children who have died in immigration custody, to be read before Mourner’s Kaddish.

NJCW’s Guide to Planning Your Protest

A full guide from the National Council of Jewish Women for handling the logistics of your protest.

Senseless Hatred Destroys Sanctuary: Tisha B’Av to #AbolishICE

Program courtesy of T’ruah and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Lamentations Chapter 6

Courtesy of HIAS

Laments: A Fresh Translation of Eikhah

By Rabbi David Seidenberg

“Bitterly She Weeps In the Night”: Voices of Exiles and Refugees, Past and Present

Source sheet by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann

Amidah for Peace, Justice, and Immigration

By Rabbi Elliott Tepperman

Grieving Our Country: An Immigration Lament

Courtesy of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs

Tisha B’Av: A Collective Observance

Program courtesy of Bnai Keshet of Montclair, NJ

A Prayer for Undocumented Families Torn Apart

By Tamar Fox, via Ritualwell