View photos from our 2019 events here. 

Kids in cages. Communities under threat of deportation. Refugees turned away. Muslims banned. Senseless hatred carried out by government agencies. Humanitarian crises manufactured. People dehumanized. Racism and xenophobia behind it all.

In response to the tragedies occurring at our border and across our country, the immigrant-led organization United We Dream asked allies to hold vigils and protests outside Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office nationwide. On the holiday of Tisha B’Av (August 10-11, 2019), T’ruah organized Jewish vigils and protests in partnership with Bend the Arc, J Street, HIAS, the National Council of Jewish Women, Torah Trumps Hate and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Together, we demanded an end to this unfolding modern-day catastrophe. In 2018, more than a dozen Jewish communities across the country held similar events. This year, the number quadrupled to more than fifty. 

The full list of events that took place is below.

 

Albuquerque

Sunday, August 11, 1:00 p.m. / Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque NM 

Hosted by Bend the Arc Moral Minyan NM / Co-sponsored by: Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico • Jewish Asylum Seekers Initiative • Congregation Nahalat Shalom • Congregation Albert • committed unaffiliated individual organizers. Space generously donated by JCC Albuquerque.

On Sunday, August 11, we – a coalition of New Mexican Jewish organizations and individuals – invite you to gather in Albuquerque and observe Tisha B’Av, the Jewish fast day of communal mourning. This day is traditionally a remembrance of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 B.C.E. and 70 C.E. Tisha B’Av is also a day Jews mark and mourn brokenness, loss, and shattered ideals. We feel compelled to reflect on the contemporary tragedies and atrocities committed right here in the U.S. We must turn our attention to the disaster and brokenness of this nation that hunts down, detains and deports immigrants, separates families, cages children and turns away asylum seekers. Together we will explore our communal culpability in this tragedy and ask honestly: where do WE stand in the face of this cruelty and violence? Join us to study, read, sing, bear witness, and build our collective New Mexican Jewish voice to take action.

Organized Locally by Bend the Arc Jewish Action: Moral Minyan New Mexico, Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico, Jewish Asylum Seekers Initiative, Congregation Nahalat Shalom, Congregation Albert, JVP as well as committed unaffiliated individual organizers. Space generously donated by JCC Albuquerque.

 

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m. / Dearborn Police Department, Dearborn, MI

Hosted by Bend the Arc and Detroit Jews for Justice / Co-sponsored by CAIR-MI

Bend the Arc: Ann Arbor, Detroit Jews for Justice, and the Council on Islamic Relations – Michigan are co-organizing a protest at the Dearborn Police Department to stand against the abuse of immigrants in our communities. We demand that Congress and the Trump administration #CloseTheCamps, and that the Dearborn Police Department end their contract with ICE.

 

Arizona (VIRTUAL, statewide)

Saturday, August 10, 8:30 p.m. / VIRTUAL EVENT

Hosted by NCJW – Arizona

Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning, primarily mourning for the destruction of both Temples in ancient times. It is a fast day, a day of reflection and remembering those that came before us. It is a sad day for Jews. To commemorate this day, we are asking you to join in an effort on Tisha B’Av to call and email Senators Krysten Sinema and Martha McSally, and Congressman David Schweikert (or your local congressperson) to let them know how we feel about the situation at the southern border.

Visit the Facebook page for more information.

 

Asheville, N. C. 

Sunday, August 11, 4:30 p.m. / Beth Israel Synagogue, 229 Murdock Ave, Asheville, NC 

Hosted by Carolina Jews for Justice

On Sunday, August 11, we will gather to observe Tisha B’Av, a traditional Jewish day of mourning, when Jews around the world remember some of the greatest tragedies of Jewish history. Tisha B’Av also presents us with the opportunity to reflect on contemporary atrocities, and this year we are particularly compelled to reflect on the violent and dehumanizing treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. — a modern day catastrophe that demands our attention, our voice, and our action.

As people who know too well the experience and trauma of fleeing persecution and seeking shelter in safe lands, we cannot stand idly by. Join Carolina Jews for Justice at Congregation Beth Israel from 4:30-5:30pm on Sunday, August 11, as we come together to transform our grief into action.

 

Austin

Sunday, August 11, 4:30 p.m. / Congregation Agudas Achim, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX

Hosted by Austin Jews for Justice and NCJW Austin / Co-sponsored by Austin Jews for Justice • Congregation Agudas Achim • NCJW Austin • Congregation Beth Israel • Temple Beth Shalom (to date)

Community event which will be an opportunity to share stories, sing lamentations, recite prayers, stand with those impacted, and call for a new vision of healing and justice. Will include a postcard writing action and subsequent advocacy trips to legislators.

 

Baltimore

Sunday, August 11, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. / Please RSVP at this link for location details

Hosted by Baltimore Jews Against ICE / Co-sponsored by Jews United For Justice • CASA • Columbia Jewish Congregation  Hinenu  Beth Am  Beit Tikvah  Bolton Street Synagogue  Kol HaLev  Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah  Torah Trumps Hate • Sanctuary DMV • East Bank Havurah • March on Maryland • Hopkins Coalition Against ICE • Sanctuary Streets Baltimore

Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av) is a day of communal mourning, commemorating several catastrophes in Jewish history. This year on Tisha B’Av, we demand an end to the modern catastrophe of deportations and detention camps. Jews throughout Baltimore will demonstrate publicly that we will not turn our backs on refugees arriving in our country or on our immigrant neighbors already here. Join us to study, read, sing, bear witness, and call on ICE and CBP to #ClosetheCamps. Location TBD.

 

Boca Raton, Fla.

Monday, August 12, 11 a.m. / 4955 Technology Way, Boca Raton, FL

Hosted by Never Again Action South Florida

GEO Group is the #1 ICE private prison contractor and they are the company behind Homestead Detention Center and the Broward Transitional Center. We are gathering on the day after Tisha B’Av, a day of great mourning for the Jewish community, to express our grief and rage at a company making millions of dollars off of the suffering of immigrant communities.


Please bring any noisemakers you have, such as drums, megaphones, shofarim, and anything else you’d like.


As Jews it’s time we said NEVER AGAIN to all the cogs in the deportation machine: ICE, CBP, local police, Amazon, GEO group and every other government agency and private corporation that are depriving people of their humanity!

 

Boston

Sunday, August 11, 5 p.m. / JFK Federal Building Plaza, Boston

Hosted by Boston Area Rabbis

On Tisha B’Av, the Jewish people lament the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the slaughter of thousands of innocents. Last year we commemorated the torment of innocent immigrants of refugees. Tragically, we have even more reasons to lament today.

T’ruah, Bend the Arc, J Street and the National Council of Jewish Women are partnering to coordinate Jewish observances throughout the country. We lament our modern American catastrophe. This year, we will gather outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offices, at the JFK Federal Building Plaza.

We must demonstrate publicly that the Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here.

 

Charlotte, N.C.

Sunday, August 11, 7 p.m. / Marshall Park, 3rd and McDowell Streets, Charlotte, NC

Hosted by Carolina Jews for Justice – Greater Charlotte / Co-sponsored by Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice • Temple Beth El

Sunday, August 11 is Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning, when Jews around the world remember some of the greatest tragedies of Jewish history. Many Jews take this day to fast and reflect on the future. Today, there is a tragedy occurring right here in our midst, as ICE targets members of our community and tears families apart. Asylum is a legal right, and modern-day asylum seekers and immigrants deserve to have a fair and just legal process, not packed into detention camps. Legislative initiatives, such a North Carolina’s House Bill 370, deny such rights. Jews have historically been those refugees fleeing persecution and seeking shelter in safe lands, so we will not stand idly by.

Join Carolina Jews for Justice, the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice, Temple Beth El and partners for a vigil and rally to #CloseTheCamps at 7 pm EDT on Sunday, August 11. We will gather at Marshall Park to read Lamentations, mourn, and demand an end to the awful conditions confronting immigrants, including children, in detention camps!

There will be a donation collection at the Holocaust Memorial in Marshall Park which will be collected for the Migrant Assistance Project. Please bring items such as drawstring backpacks, medicines (such as Advil, Pepto-Bismol, and Children’s Pain Reliever), toothbrushes, toothpaste, snacks (such as cheez-its, peanuts, cookies, and crackers), and children’s activities (such as crayons and coloring books).

For more information, contact Carolina Jews for Justice, the Stan Greenspon Center or Temple Beth El.

 

Chicago

Sunday, August 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. / Jerome Combs Detention Facility, 3050 S Justice Way, Kankakee, IL

Hosted by the T’ruah Chicago Cohort / Co-sponsored by Jewish Council on Urban Affairs • Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants • Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America • Bend the Arc Champaign-Urbana • Avodah • Connect Kankakee • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights • RAC-IL • #IfNotNow – Chicago • Jewish Voice for Peace • J Street • HIAS Immigration • Citizenship/JCFS Chicago 

A coalition of Jewish and local immigrant justice organizations invite you to a special vigil to acknowledge the immense human tragedy currently unfolding at our southern border, through the lens and rituals of Tisha b’Av.

Tisha B’Av (the ninth of the Hebrew month of Av) is a Jewish fast day that honors and mourns the brokenness, loss, and shattered ideals in whose shadow we live every day, symbolized by the destruction of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

This Tisha b’Av we’ll mourn the brokenness of a nation that hunts down, detains and deports immigrants, separates families, cages children and turns away asylum seekers. We will also explore our communal culpability in this tragedy and ask honestly: how do we stand down this causeless hatred?

Our vigil will include selections from Eikha (the Biblical Book of Lamentations) alongside contemporary reflections, immigrant testimony, poetry song and calls to action.

 

Cleveland

Sunday, August 11, 4:00 p.m. / Suburban Temple- Kol Ami, 22401 Chagrin Blvd, Beachwood, OH 44122

Hosted by National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland / Co-sponsored by: Bend the Arc • The Religious Action Center (RAC) of Ohio • T’ruah

Bend the Arc, National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland (NCJW/CLE), The Religious Action Center (RAC) and T’ruah are sponsoring a #ClosetheCamps Vigil calling for an end to our current government’s policies that are endangering, abusing, incarcerating and deporting refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.

The event includes local experts who can speak on the topic of immigration, prayers for the victims, representation from Jewish community leaders, and blowing of the shofar. It will conclude with a specific call to action, to be accomplished simultaneously by all at the event.

 

Columbus, OH

Sunday, August 11, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. / Scioto Greenway just below the Broad Street Bridge (near the corner of Broad and Civic Center Drive)

Hosted by Kehilat Sukkat Shalom and Holding the Fringes

Participants are invited to meet at 3:45 p.m. on the green space along the Scioto just below the Broad Street Bridge at the corner of Broad and Civic Center Drive. A Mincha/Afternoon Offering and Public Witness led by Rabbi Jessica Shimberg of Kehilat Sukkat Shalom will begin at 4 p.m. and we will conclude by walking up to Civic Center Drive and across the street to the terrace of the building that houses Senator Rob Portman’s Office and across the street from the local I.C.E. office (in the LaVeque Tower). Signs in support of Immigrants, Assylum-seekers, Refugees are welcome and encouraged. This will be a peaceful and soulful public witness with opportunities for prayer, poetry, silence and song.

Questions should be directed to Rabbi Shimberg through FB or at rabbi@sukkatshalomcolumbus.org.

 

Dallas / Ft. Worth

Sunday, August 11, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. / Temple Shalom Dallas, 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX 

Hosted by Temple Shalom Dallas / Co-sponsored by the RAC – TX

Social Action – Gather, Act and Learn Together 

Come by temple for an information session about the RAC-TX’s Immigration Justice Initiative (https://urj.org/blog/2019/04/30/urj-and-kraus-family-foundation- announce-gilbert-and-eleanor-kraus-initiative) and to watch the events around the country with members of the Tikkun Olam Council, have a bagel, and write a postcard to your representative in support of H.R. 2415 and S.1243, the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019, introduced in both the House and Senate, which brings clarity to detention timelines, strengthens oversight and phases out private centers.  

Questions and RSVPs can be sent to tikkunolam@templeshalomdallas.org.

 

Denver/Aurora

Sunday, August 11, 4:00 p.m. / Aurora Detention Center, 3130 North Oakland Street, Aurora, CO

Hosted by Moral Minyan Colorado / Co-sponsored by Congregation Bonai Shalom • Congregation Rodef Shalom

On Tisha B’Av we commemorate the destruction of the Temples, and the multiple calamities that have haunted our people. This year, we are particularly struck by the degradation and cruelty being shown to immigrants and refugees at our border and beyond, and we cry out “eichah” — “Woa, is us. How can this be?” We cannot remain silent, especially on Tisha Ba’Av, to the destruction of morality in our country.

Join us for a Minchah/ afternoon service on August 11 at 4PM. Bring your tallit and teffilin, which is customarily worm only in the afternoon on this day. We will be reading Torah outside the ICE detention center and praying for change.

 

Des Moines, IA

Sunday, August 11, 1:00 p.m. / West Side of Capitol building, 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA

Hosted by independent organizers

Rally/vigil: more details forthcoming. 

 

Detroit

Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 – 8 p.m. / Dearborn Police Department, Dearborn, MI

Hosted by Detroit Jews for Justice and Bend the Arc / Co-sponsored by CAIR-MI

As Jews, Muslims, and people of conscience, we are disgusted and filled with grief by our government’s treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, including the Dearborn Police Department’s contract with ICE to detain immigrants.

Answering the call from United We Dream, T’ruah, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, and National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) we join with others around the country to observe Tisha B’Av, the Jewish day of mourning, by bearing witness to the tragedy right before us. On Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30pm, we’ll gather at the Dearborn Police Department to lament, to protest, and to show solidarity with those impacted by unjust immigration policies.

We demand that Congress and the Trump administration #CloseTheCamps, and that the Dearborn Police Department end their contract with ICE.

 

Durham

Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m. / Durham, NC

Hosted by Carolina Jews for Justice / Co-sponsored by Migrant Roots Media

On Saturday, August 10, we will gather to observe Tisha B’Av, a traditional Jewish day of mourning, when Jews around the world remember some of the greatest tragedies of Jewish history. Tisha B’Av also presents us with the opportunity to reflect on contemporary atrocities, and this year we are particularly compelled to reflect on the violent and dehumanizing treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. — a modern day catastrophe that demands our attention, our voice, and our action.

As people who know too well the experience and trauma of fleeing persecution and seeking shelter in safe lands, we cannot stand idly by. Join Carolina Jews for Justice and Migrant Roots Media from 7:00-9:00pm on Saturday, August 10, as we come together to transform our grief into action.

 

Elizabeth, N.J.

Sunday, August 11, 7:15 p.m. / Elizabeth Detention Center, 625 Evans St, Elizabeth, NJ

Hosted by Torah Trumps Hate

We are mourning. We are mourning the baseless hatred of this administration that has separated families, ripped young children from their families, forced immigrants and asylum seekers into unimaginable conditions unfit for people made b’tzelem elokim, in the image of G-d. Join Torah Trumps Hate and T’ruah as we stand up and demand an end to this terror. We must stand up for immigrants as we wish others would have stood up for us. The Torah commands us, and our history commands us. Join us at the Elizabeth Detention Center to daven mincha and ma’ariv (the afternoon and evening prayers), sing songs of our redemption, and break the fast together.

This event is coordinated with T’ruah, Tisha B’Av: Jews Say Close the Camps day of action.

 

Grand Rapids

Sunday, August 11, 12:00 p.m. / Waters Building,161 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Hosted by Grand Rapid Jews Against ICE

Tisha b’Av is the day when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple and our exile (deportation) from our homeland. We will be standing in solidarity with other communities being faced with exile and deportation. We will join our mourning with theirs and make the statement that “never again” means never again for anyone.

We will sit in front of a building with an ICE office (in public space) to read and pray and turn our public mourning on this day into a statement.

 

Greenfield, Mass.

Sunday, August 11, 11 a. m. / Greenfield Franklin County House of Corrections, 60 Elm St, Greenfield, MA 01301

Hosted by Prayground Minyan & Pioneer Valley Jewish community

We will gather for the 2nd year in a row at Greenfield Franklin County Jail – for TISHA B’AV, Sunday, August 11, 2019, 11:00 a.m. — to lament and bear witness to what is happening in our country at the borders and concentration camps and detention centers.

Let us protest with our grief and anguish against human beings being imprisoned and endangered, families separated, children isolated and permanently damaged, children and teens bussed away in the secrecy of night from Homestead to we-don’t-know-where; people subject to abuse at the hands of our government and its agents.

Sponsored by Prayground Minyan – Pioneer Valley, with Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton, and other Pioneer Valley Jewish community and synagogue members, and co-sponsors, and T’ruah. To help, contact Rabbi David Seidenberg, rebduvid86@gmail.com, 510-219-5834.

 

Houston

Sunday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. / in front of the detention center at 419 Emancipation, Houston Texas

Hosted by NCJW / Co-sponsored by RAC – TX • Temple Sinai • Indivisible Houston

We cannot ignore the cries of those whose tragedy is right before us. Modern-day asylum seekers and immigrants deserve to be welcomed with open arms, not packed into detention camps. We will not stand idly by. We’ll gather outside the Southwest Key Detention Center to join together as a community of people who care and want to raise our voices with others who are as outraged as us. As we do this we will continue to shine a light for others on the horrific situation our immigrant community and those in detention centers face.

 

Kenosha, Wis.

Saturday, August 10, 8:15 p.m. / Beth Hillel Temple 6050 8th Ave. Kenosha, WI

Hosted by Beth Hillel Temple

Vigil on front steps of synagogue immediately after Erev Tisha B’av services.

 

Kingston, N. Y. (Hudson Valley)

Saturday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. / Old Dutch Church, 272 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401

Hosted by Woodstock Jewish Congregation, Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley, and New Paltz Jewish Congregation

The three synagogues affiliated with the Ulster Immigrant Defense Network in Ulster County, NY, will sponsor an evening of solidarity with those currently seeking safety and welcome in the United States. The liturgy will merge traditional readings from the Book of Lamentations with stories and quotations from those suffering the horrors of US detention camps and the suffering of those seeking shelter.

 

Kirkland, Wash.

Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. / 308 4th Avenue South Kirkland WA

Hosted by Kol Ami: A Center for Jewish Life

Join Kol Ami for a Havdalah and engagement with Lamentations in honor of those who are imprisoned unjustly and held back from a healthy life and future. Song and prayer. Text and Connecting. Building our strength through shared mourning.

 

Los Angeles

Sunday, August 11, 9:00 a.m. / Metropolitan Detention Center on Aliso St. between Alameda and Los Angeles

Hosted by Bend the Arc / Co-sponsored by Shtibl • T’ruah • HIAS • IKAR • Beth Am • Leo Baeck Temple • TIOH • Temple Emanuel • Beit T’shuvah • BCC • NCJW

A service (Shacharit and kinot) and vigil at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

 

Miami

Sunday, August 11, 11:00 a.m. / Plaza outside of the North Miami City Hall on NE 125th St. between NE 8th Avenue and NE 7th Court (parking is across the street).

Hosted by NCJW Miami / Co-sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee • T’ruah • The RAC • Bend the Arc

Join NCJW Miami and partners for a Tisha B’av vigil to #CloseTheCamps. On this Jewish day of mourning, Jewish communities throughout the US and in Tel Aviv are calling on the government to close the camps. South Florida’s Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country nor on our immigrant neighbors already here.

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Sunday, August 11, 7:30 p.m. / Outside Sherburne County Jail, 13880 Business Center Drive Northwest, Elk River, MN

Hosted by NCJW Minnesota and Jewish Community Action

As Tisha B’Av draws to a close on August 11, NCJW Minnesota, Jewish Community Action, clergy, Jewish advocates and our interfaith allies will gather outside the Sherburne County Jail in Elk River, MN, where the largest number of ICE detainees are held in our state while they await trial.

Join us in Elk River at 7:30 PM for peaceful, lawful assembly, with a focus on Jewish ritual. We will pray, chant Eicha, and blow the shofar, calling us in to action, advocacy and solidarity, demonstrating publicly that the Jewish community will not turn its back on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here. If you have shofar, please bring it and join our communal call. When the sun sets, we will break our Tisha B’Av fast together with light refreshments.

 

New York City*

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m. to break fast (~8:30 p.m.) / Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 130 W. 30th St., New York

Hosted by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah / Co-sponsored by T’ruah • Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ) • Romemu: Jewish Life, Elevated • Malkhut • Lab/Shul • Flatbush Jewish Center (FJC) • SAJ – Judaism That Stands for All • Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC)

Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar. On Sunday, August 11 at 2pm, join Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), Romemu: Jewish Life, Elevated, Lab/Shul, Flatbush Jewish Center (FJC), SAJ – Judaism That Stands for All, and Fort Tryon Jewish Center (FTJC) for a deeply Jewish observance of Tisha B’av – gather, learn, pray, and demonstrate our bold, spiritual resistance by protesting Amazon.com’s ties to ICE and Homeland Security’s current anti-immigration and asylum-seeker policies.

* This event is based in Manhattan. See below for an event occurring in Queens. 

 

Newark

Sunday, August 11, 10 a.m. / Peter Rodino Federal Building – Outside ICE Office 972 Broad St, Newark

Hosted by NJ Rabbis / Co-sponsored by: Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield • Bnai Keshet, Montclair • Congregation Beth El, South Orange • Temple B’nai Abraham, Livingston • Temple Sinai of Bergen County • Temple Emeth, Teaneck • Congregation B’nai Israel, Emerson • Reform Jewish Voice of NJ

Commemorate the most tragic day on the Jewish calendar with an alternative service and recitation of Lamentations. We will stand in solidarity with immigrants experiencing the contemporary tragedy of unjust law and wanton destruction as our prayers become protest.

 

Orange County, Calif.

Sunday, August 11, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. / in front of the ICE office: 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA

Hosted by Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees & Rabbi Jill Zimmerman

Through song, poetry, and meaningful texts, we will open our hearts and arms to the humanitarian crisis at our border that haunts our country today.

RSVP to OCJewishCoalitionforRefugees@gmail.com.

 

Queens, N.Y.

Sunday, August 11, 3:30 p.m. / 171-39 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY

Hosted by Temple Beth Sholom of Flushing

Vigil in solidarity with asylum seekers denied refuge and kept in unthinkable conditions, families separated and children locked in cages, and immigrant communities under perpetual threat of deportation.

 

Palo Alto

Sunday, August 11, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. / King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Avenue (in front of City Hall, Palo Alto)

Hosted by the Jewish Communities of Palo Alto / Co-sponsored by: Palo Alto Friends Bend the Arc

Jewish institutions of Palo Alto invite the broader community to a vigil in prayerful protest of inhuman policies toward immigrants in our country. This is part of a national effort that connects the 9th of Av(August 11th), the annual day of mourning over displacement, discrimination and murder of Jews through their history, with the experience of today’s immigrants. The Jewish vigil will lead directly into a Quaker Public Worship with a Concern for Immigration, in which participants will gather in silence to listen to each other and to the Spirit which guides human affairs. All community members are warmly welcomed.

 

Philadelphia

Sunday, August 11, 12 p.m. / Independence Mall, Philadelphia

Hosted by the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia

Tisha b’Av is a day of mourning and reflecting – a time when we remember the destruction of Jerusalem and the upheaval and suffering of the exile of the Jewish people from our homeland.

At 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 11th we will gather near Independence Hall to affirm our commitment to the core Jewish value of Kavod Habriot, the basic dignity of all of God’s creation. As we remember the pain of dispersal and what it means to wander unprotected, we remember that all humanity was created b’Tzelem Elohim, in God’s image, and we are obligated to Love the Stranger, as well as our fellow, as ourselves.

It is in keeping with our tradition’s teachings and our people’s historic experience, and reflecting the Jewish community’s core values that we raise our voice in support of safe and dignified treatment for those who come to this country seeking asylum, shelter and a better life for their families.

Using the Book of Lamentations, traditional Tisha b’Av liturgy, song and fellowship we will reflect how these basic Jewish principles of human dignity and creation in God’s image are enshrined in the self-evident truths, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

Phoenix

Tuesday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. / 3333 E Camelback Rd #200 Phoenix, AZ 85018

Hosted by NCJW and Arizona Jews for Justice / Co-sponsored by LUCHA – Living United for Change in Arizona • Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona • Arizona Dream Act Coalition ADAC • First Church UCC Phoenix • Mi Familia Vota • AZ Resist • ProgressNow Arizona • Stand Indivisible AZ • Phoenix Indivisible

I Am For You, For You Are Me: Demonstration at Senator Sinema’s office to #CloseTheCamps.

 

Pittsburgh

Sunday, August 11, 11 a.m. / 3000 Sidney St, Pittsburgh, PA

Hosted by local Jewish leaders

Tisha B’Av commemorates the terrible things that have occurred to the Jewish People. We use the container of lament, of anguish, to remember and raise the stories of suffering. Today, we use the power of this story, the ancient destructions of Jerusalem, as a reminder that we too are witnessing suffering, but we have the chance to act.

On this profoundly sad day in the Jewish calendar, we stand together to call to #CloseTheCamps, to shut down the US Detention Centers in peaceful protest. The mistreatment of immigrants, refugees, the separation of families, and the irreparable harm being done to children will not be in our name.

We call on our interfaith brothers and sisters to stand with us against this in justice. We invite everyone, regardless of faith, to be with us as we mark this injustice.

 

Placerville, Calif.

Sunday, August 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. / 549 Main St, Placerville, CA

Hosted by El Dorado Progressives

The immigrant-led organization United We Dream is asking that allies join the Jewish community to hold #CloseTheCamp vigils and protests on the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av (August 10-11, 2019) demanding an end to this unfolding modern-day catastrophe for immigrants to the U.S.

On Sunday, August 11th, EDP will join to stand with the Jewish community and demonstrate publicly that we will not turn our backs on refugees arriving in our country and our immigrant neighbors already here.

After the El Dorado Progressive’s General Meeting, we will march from the Town Hall to the Court House.

 

Portland, Ore.

Saturday, August 10, 8:30 p.m. / 4310 SW MacAdam Ave (in front of the Portland ICE office)

Hosted by the Rabbis of Portland 

Rabbis of Portland invite people of goodwill to a candle light vigil on our Jewish holy day of Tisha B’Av (collective mourning) to quietly protest oppression. #ClosetheCamps

 

Providence, R.I.

Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. / Jenks Park, Central Falls, RI

Hosted by Never Again Action RI 

Last month, a group of Jews and allies prevented ICE from doing business as usual at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. ICE is separating children from their families at the U.S. border and imprisoning them and other immigrants in concentration camps.

As Jews, we are taught to “never again” let the Holocaust happen, so we are sounding the alarm. On August 13, we’re returning to the Wyatt around the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’av, which commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and we invite you and other people of conscience—of all faiths—to join us in a national movement to say never again is now.

We invite you to stand with Jews, immigrants, allies, and all who choose to resist the detention and mistreatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We will send a clear message to the U.S. government that we refuse to be silent—and therefore complicit—in the face of human rights abuses.

Check back here over the next week for the exact time and location.

 

Raleigh, N.C. 

Sunday, August 11, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. / Temple Beth Or, 5315 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina

Hosted by Carolina Jews for Justice / Co-sponsored by Migrant Roots Media • Temple Beth Or Social Action Committee

On Sunday, August 11, we will gather to observe Tisha B’Av, a traditional Jewish day of mourning, when Jews around the world remember some of the greatest tragedies of Jewish history. Tisha B’Av also presents us with the opportunity to reflect on contemporary atrocities, and this year we are particularly compelled to reflect on the violent and dehumanizing treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S. — a modern day catastrophe that demands our attention, our voice, and our action.

As people who know too well the experience and trauma of fleeing persecution and seeking shelter in safe lands, we cannot stand idly by. Join Carolina Jews for Justice, Migrant Roots Media, and the Temple Beth Or Social Action Committee from 1:00-3:00pm on Sunday, August 11, as we come together to transform our grief into action.

 

Richmond, Va.

Sunday, August 11, 4 p.m. / Temple Beth-El, 3330 Grove Ave.

Hosted by Temple Beth-El / Co-sponsored by: 2nd Presbyterian Church • 7th Street Christian Church – Disciples of Christ • Islamic Center of Henrico • Islamic Center of Richmond • Or Ami Social Action Committee • Richmond Jews for Justice • Richmond Peace Education Center • St. John’s United Church of Christ Church on Stuart Circle • Saint Solaris Church • T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights • Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy

Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of Hebrew month 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 the backdrop of a modern-day crisis: asylum seekers denied refuge and kept in unthinkable condi- tions, families separated and children locked in cages, and immigrant communities under perpetual threat of deportation.

Join us (along with dozens of Jewish communities across the country) as we share stories, sing lamentations, stand with those impacted, and call for a new vision of healing and justice.

 

Riverside, Calif.

Saturday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m. / Adelanto Detention Center, 9438 Commerce Way, Adelanto, California

Hosted by Temple Beth El / Co-sponsored by Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

 

Sacramento

Saturday, August 10, 7:00 p.m. / Yuba County Jail, 215 5th St, Marysville, CA 

Hosted by Jewish Action: Yolo/Sacramento/Yuba County / Co-Sponsored by Congregation Bet Haverim (Davis, CA) • National Council of Jewish Women (Sacramento, CA) • Jewish Action NorCal

Commemorate Tisha B’Av at the last ICE detention facility in Northern California, read Megillat Eikhah with us, and help raise bond money for our neighbors imprisoned there.

We invite donations to “sponsor” a verse from Megillat Eikhah: the verse will be recited at the event on your behalf, whether you can attend or not. 100% of your donation will go toward bonds that will help free someone from detention and reunite them with their family.

 

Salt Lake City

Saturday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. / Outside ICE Salt Lake City field office:
2975 Decker Lake Drive Suite 100, West Valley City, UT

Hosted by NCJW and Utah Jews for Refugees

Tisha B’Av, believed to be the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, mourns the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and all other tragedies that have befallen on the Jewish people.

Today, the tragedies of others—the modern-day asylum seekers and immigrants packed into detention camps—are occurring right before us. Their plight cannot be ignored and we will not stand idly by.

On August 10, 2019, we will use the saddest day (Tisha B’Av) to mourn and resist the policies of our current government that are endangering, imprisoning and deporting refugees and immigrants seeking safety. This event is held in cooperation with NCJW National; “United We Dream,” the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country; T’ruah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; and other Jewish humanitarian organizations.

Please, be in solidarity with our immigrant families. Shine a light on the deplorable condition immigrants, including children, face in detention. Demand the administration close immigrant detention camps. Bring your family and friends and join us on August 10 (Saturday morning) at 10:00. Please bring your own posters or signs, and if you can’t we will provide posters and markers at the event if you want to make them day of.


For more information, contact NCJW Utah president Eileen Hallet Stone (ehswriter@aol.com) or UJR director Eric Goldman (ericbgoldman@gmail.com

 

San Diego

VIGIL

Sunday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. / Playa II on Mission Bay, 2195 Mission Bay Dr., San Diego

Hosted by the Jewish Communities of San Diego / Temple Emanu-El • Congregation Dor Hadash • Beth Israel of San Diego • Temple Adat Shalom • Congregation Beth El • Temple Solel • Ohr Shalom Synagogue

Join us on Sunday, August 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am at Playa II on Mission Bay for a community-wide Tisha B’Av commemoration. Together we will address of the themes of Tisha B’Av while giving voice to the collective experience of suffering in the world. Through the words of Eichah, poetry, prose and song, we will explore five themes of suffering in the world: Dementia, Destruction, Depression, Degradation and Displacement.

PROTEST

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m. / Mission Bay Playa II San Diego, then to Otay Mesa Detention Center, 7488 Calzada De La Fuente, San Diego

Hosted by San Diego Jewish Action 

We will be meeting for Tisha B’Av, Sunday at 10:30 at Playa II Mission Bay with the Rabbis for prayer and reflection. We will then travel to Otay Mesa Detention Center for protest against the detention camps. Please join us San Diego community! We ask that this event be only focused on the detention camps in the U.S. and what has transpired at our border, and the egregious way that the administration has treated our immigrant community. We will not allow any conflating this event with the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict. We focus on domestic issues only.

 

San Francisco

Tuesday, August 6, 12:00 p.m. / ICE Headquarters in San Francisco, 630 Sansome Street Sansome Street

Hosted by Bend the Arc – Bay Area / co-sponsored by Month of Momentum: 30 Days of Actions to Close the Camps (local, broader action mounted by a group assembled for this purpose)

As part of the Month of Momentum: 30 Days of Actions to Close the Camps, Bend the Arc is owning one of the days – Tuesday, August 6 – and we are showing up at the San Francisco ICE building to pressure our elected officials to Close the Camps. Ours should be a solemn and beautiful action led by Rabbi Shifrah, and marked by song, reflections, an interactive activity, a period of silence and a Shofar-led call to action and defund hate.

RSVP or just stop by!

 

San Jose

Monday, August 12, 12:00 p.m. / County Of Santa Clara Government Building San Jose, California

Hosted by the JCRC of San Jose / Co-sponsored by Congregation Shir Hadash • Grupo Solidaridad of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Immigration & Detention Solidarity on Tisha B’av: From Despair to Consolation will take place in the James P. McEntee Sr. Plaza. Tisha B’Av (the 9th day of Hebrew month Av) is the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, marking tragedies that have befallen the community. These tragedies led to exile and oppressive immigrant experiences. This year, Jewish communities across the country are marking this observance in solidarity with the modern-day tragedy befalling asylum seekers denied refuge and kept in unthinkable conditions. We cry out with the families separated and the children locked in cages.

Join us as we share stories, sing lamentations, stand with those impacted, and call for a new vision of healing and justice. All faiths/backgrounds welcome.

You are welcome to bring signs with message that are appropriate to your culture’s expressions of mourning or lament current immigration policy and actions.

 

Saratoga Springs / Glens Falls, NY

Action: Thursday, August 8, 12:00 p.m. / Crandall Library Park, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls

Tisha B’Av Reflection: Sunday, August 11, 11:00 a.m. / Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY

Hosted by Temple Sinai / Co-sponsored by the Saratoga Immigraton Coalition

Action – Thurs., Aug. 8, noon, Glens Falls, NY
The Saratoga Immigration Coalition, of which Temple Sinai is a co-sponsoring organization, is partnering with the Saratoga Peace Alliance to hold a rally at noon on Thursday, August 8 in the park by Crandall Library in Glens Falls. Temple Sinai’s co-Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein will be participating. This rally is organized to shine a light on the plight of migrant children that have been taken from their families and put in detention facilities. Speakers will include Skidmore professor Diana Barnes and attorney Kathy Manley.

Reflection – Tisha B’Av, Sun., Aug. 11, 10:30am
Our Tisha B’Av observance at Temple Sinai will feature excerpts from the biblical book of Lamentations, song and meditation, and prayers and readings reflecting upon the current situation at our nation’s borders.

 

Seattle

Sunday, August 11, 1:00 p.m. / 1000 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA

Hosted by Kol HaNeshamah

We will intersperse verses from Eicha with quotes of contemporary immigrants and asylum seekers, and bewail as well as protest the immorality of our government’s actions.

 

South Bend

Sunday, August 11, 4:30 p.m. / Temple Beth-El, 305 W Madison Street, South Bend

Hosted by Temple Beth-El Tzedek Seekers / Co-sponsored by Members of Sinai Synagogue, other allies

A program of protest against conditions at the border camps and enforced deportations.

 

St. Louis

Sunday, August 11, 12:00 p.m. / Central Reform Congregation: 5020 Waterman Blvd. St. Louis, MO

Hosted by Heartland for Human Justice / Co-sponsored by: Congregation Shaare Emeth • Central Reform Congregation • United Hebrew Congregation • IFCLA • NCJW • JCRC • other interfaith organizations

This Tisha B’Av, Heartland for Human Justice, a coalition that includes 25 + organizations invites our entire community to a day of learning and lament, as we connect our ancient story to the story of those refugees and asylum seekers suffering at the hands of our government and at our borders. we will hear from and be witnesses to the moving stories of migrants and learn what we can do to relieve the suffering. Text study: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mourning and lament: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Syracuse

Sunday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. / 401 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY

Hosted by Central New York Jews / Co-sponsored by Temple Concord • Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas

Central New York Jews and friends are joining a national coalition of Jewish organizations to call for the Closing of Detention Camps for immigrants on Tisha B’Av, a major day for Jews to mourn the severe tragedies in their history. At press time, the local action has been endorsed locally by Temple Concord and Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas, and supported by Jews across the spectrum of practice and belief. It will include singing, prayer, shared readings, speakers and a blowing of the Shofar as a call to action.

We demand an end to this unfolding modern-day catastrophe. The gathering in Syracuse is one of at least 50 such demonstrations happening across the United States on the weekend of Tisha B’Av, coordinated by T’ruah, Bend the Arc, J Street, HIAS, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

 

Tallahassee, Fla. 

Sunday, August 11, 4:30 p.m. / Temple Israel,  2215 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL

Hosted by Temple Israel

Reading of the book of Eicha alongside modern prayers for immigration reform.

 

Tel Aviv

Sunday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. / Tayelet across from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, 71 HaYarkon St

Hosted by Democrats Abroad Israel

We are mourning. We are mourning the baseless hatred of this administration that has separated families, ripped young children from their families, forced immigrants and asylum seekers into unimaginable conditions unfit for people made in the image of G-d. Join Democrats Abroad Israel and allies across the US as we stand up and demand an end to this terror. We must stand up for immigrants as we wish others would have stood up for us. The Torah commands us, and our history commands us. All the monotheistic religions command us to honor and respect the stranger.

Join us across from the US Embassy in Tel Aviv onbthe Tayelet, for this vigil. We will sing songs of our redemption. If you want to you can daven mincha and ma’ariv (the afternoon and evening prayers) and break the fast together. You don’t need to be Jewish to join this action.

 

Tuscon, Az.

Saturday, August 10, 8:00 p.m. / Cesar Chavez Park, 750 S. Stone Avenue (near the Five Points intersection) Tucson, Arizona

Hosted by JVP Tuscon

This vigil may serve as spiritual preparation for a next phase for some of us, as we plan actions to take in the world — as Jews, as migrants, and all who work with us for peace and justice. Organized by Jewish Voice for Peace-Tucson chapter.

 

Washington, D. C.

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m. / Lafayette Park, Pennsylvania Ave NW & 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC

Hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women / Co-sponsored by Avodah • Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice • HIAS • The RAC • Uri L’Tzedek

NCJW, T’ruah, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and HIAS are hosting a rally on August 11, 2019 as a part of Tisha B’Av: Jews Say #CloseTheCamps. The rally is cosponsored by Avodah, Uri L’Tzedek, and United We Dream. Join us in Lafayette Park at 2pm ET.

Tisha B’av is a Jewish day of mourning, commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We will use the saddest day on the Jewish calendar to mourn and resist the policies of our current government that are endangering, imprisoning, and deporting refugees and immigrants seeking safety.

 

Wilmington, N.C.

Sunday, August 11, time TBD / Temple of Israel, 1 S 4th St, Wilmington

Hosted by Temple of Israel

Event details TBD.