The Ninth of Av (Tisha B'Av) commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E., as well as the many other tragic events in the history of the Jewish people throughout history. 
     We will observe this event on Saturday evening, July 25, beginning at 8 p.m. with a symbolic last meal before the tradition of fasting and chanting from the Book of Lamentations. This brief service led by Student Rabbi Daniel Schaefer will combine chanting, poetry and discussion of what this observance means to us today.
     the destruction of both First and Second Temples was said to be caused by senseless hatred within our society. It is a time not only to mourn but also to consider what course we must take to avert another tragic cycle of senseless hatred.
     You are invited to be part of this tradition by attending this event in the candlelit sanctuary of the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation synagogue on Strawberry Hill, Bethlehem. Student Rabbi Daniel Schaefer will lead the service.  
     Bring a poem, a song, or a personal memory of the challenges we face in the atmosphere of senseless hatred that has pervaded civilization through the centuries