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Tisha B'Ab Services 5780

The Ninth of Ab services conducted at Shearith Israel are without a doubt one of the highlights of our tradition. The evening service, conducted in the darkened sanctuary by flashlight, is impressively dramatic. In most years large crowds fill the room, and the incredibly moving melodies provide an experience that is unlike any other.   
This year, with the help of the American Sephardi Federation, we will stream this evening service, together with a special lecture by Rabbi Soloveichik, live from the sanctuary. And although there will not be large crowds of people at the synagogue, we hope you will be able to experience a small degree of the unique beauty and drama of this special service.
Additionally, unlike the well known evening service, the morning service of Tisha B'Ab is truly a hidden gem. We are offering the kinot service, a discrete section of morning service containing about 25 dirges and elegies, via a zoom webinar, also in partnership with ASF. We will also be holding morning and evening services on the Portico (with advance registration). 
The schedule is as follows:


Fast of (the 9th of) Ab

Tish`a B'Ab

Eve of the Fast, Wednesday Eve, July 29th


5:30 pm | Minha (only) on the Portico:  (This service has limited space, by advance registration only - click here)

8:15 pm | Fast Begins


8:30 pm | Arbit Service Livestream followed by Eikha, in partnership with ASF

Approximately 9:45 pm | Rabbi Soloveichik's Tisha B'Ab Lecture Livestream, in partnership with ASF

** Livestream here**



Tish`a B'Ab Day, Thursday, July 30th


8:00 am | Shahrit service on the Portico - includes Torah, does not include Kinot, Eikha, or Job  (This service has limited space, by advance registration only - click here)


10:00-11:30 am | Morning Kinot via Zoom, in partnership with ASF

(This service is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Richard Schulz, עליו השלום, whose expert reading of these kinot will be sorely missed.  Registration through ASF - click here)


5:30 pm | Tisha B'Ab Afternoon Shiur

Sponsored by Cindy Trop and Stuart Ellman in memory of Cindy's mother, Yehudit Bat Beilah v'Avraham HaCohen.

Dial-in instructions:

USA: (712) 770-5581 (this number also works for Canada) 

UK: +44 (0) 333 015 4181 

Israel: +972 (0) 55-966-1137

Australia: +61 (0) 3 8672 0100

France: +33 (0) 7 56 75 00 49

Italy: +39 011 092 0915

Panama: +507 838-7820

Mexico: +52 899 274 8400

Participant code: 124005#  


6:45 pm | Minha/Arbit service on the Portico, with tefillin; Nahamu with abbreviations

(This service has limited space, by advance registration only - click here)


8:40 pm | End of Fast


The Fast of (the Ninth of) Ab, three weeks after the Fast of Tammuz, commemorates the breaching of the Temple Mount fortifications and the dates of destruction of both the First and Second Temples.

Choral Music of Shearith Israel
Benjamin N. Cardozo

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo spoke of the need for the Congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before.