A beautiful tradition invites us to connect the saddest day in the Jewish calendar—Tisha B'Av—with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year and a symbol of a new beginning and hope. On Tisha B'Av, Jews around the world mourn the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem and the pain and suffering experienced by the Jewish people for generations.
Exactly seven weeks connect the lowest point in the Jewish calendar with the highest point, in which the world was born, according to tradition, and we are invited to open a new page with ourselves and with others. Those seven weeks are called "Seven Weeks of Hope/Consolation," in which we are invited to rise from the floor of mourning, shake off the ashes and slowly return to life.
These seven weeks can be an invitation to an intentional walk on the path that leaves behind a challenging period of pandemic, uncertainty and worry, into a more optimistic world, full of hope and new beginnings.
With our partners, Bina: The Jewish Movement for Social Change and JewishLIVE we are excited to invite you to a seven-week Facebook Live series in which we will walk step-by-step from the challenging year behind us into the new year. Inspired by the traditional "Seven Weeks of Consolation" from Tisha B'Av to Rosh Hashanah, each week, Tova Birnbaum and Zoe Fertik will host a guest who will share their expertise on Jewish mindfulness, re-entering the real world, and preparing ourselves for the High Holidays.
This program is offered through a partnership between the Oshman Family JCC and BINA, an Israeli nonprofit that combines Jewish learning, social action and community building. BINA's international programs include opportunities to live, study, explore, teach and volunteer in Israel. To sign up for updates directly from BINA, click here
Wednesdays, July 21–September 1
Watch past episodes or live on Wednesdays on Facebook Live
Contact: Tova Birnbaum | [email protected]