Tisha B’Av Communal Observance & Movie Screening

July 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

Lamenting Injustice, Then and Now

Watch the trailer for 13th here.
Join us for an evening of learning, reflection and, ultimately, lamentation, as we mourn our own past Jewish communal tragedies and our current American system of mass incarceration, which disproportionately impacts black and brown men. We’ll begin with a film screening and discussion of director Ava DuVernay’s award-winning film 13th, followed by a service of reflection and a recitation of excerpts from the Book of Lamentations. 

This powerful evening is a shared observance of some of the East Bay Reform synagogues who, along with others involved across the state in Reform CA, are standing in solidarity with vulnerable populations and working to advance Jewish values in the public sphere. As part of our Tisha B'Av observance, we will screen the film 13th. In this thought-provoking documentary (named for the 13th amendment which eliminated slavery), scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Critically acclaimed, 13th earned an Oscar nomination and won Best Documentary at both the BAFTAs and the NAACP Image Awards and is rated 96% on rottentomatoes.

Tisha B'Av is a day when we customarily reflect on some of the more heart-wrenching times in Jewish experience. As American Jews, we are also touched by aspects of our current society that are heart-wrenching, and sometimes difficult to stomach. This year, as a community, we will make space to acknowledge, learn about, and sit with these realities which impact the lives of African Americans on a daily basis—not in the past, but today, here, in our midst.​