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Tisha B'Av: July 31-August 1

Tisha B'Av commemorates the destruction of the second בֵּית־הַמִּקְדָּשׁ, or Holy Jewish Temple, in the year 70 CE. The Roman Empire destroyed the Temple and much of Jerusalem in retaliation against the Jewish people, who had rebelled against the Empire four years earlier. Roman soldiers are said to have stolen various spoils from the Temple, including its Menorah, and to have sold them to fund the construction of the Colosseum.

Nearby congregations are hosting services and activities for Tisha B'Av.

Which is right for you? 

>> Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)

>> Because Jewish & Green-Wood Historic Fund

>> Altshul & Congregation Beth Elohim


The next meeting of the JEWISH HISTORY BOOK GROUP is on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30pm.  We will be having a very special guest join us: Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. Solomon is an author, teacher, journalist, activist, and friend to many at Kolot. She will be joining us as we continue our discussion  of Wonder of Wonders. Solomon's book is a lively read, with wonderful detail and a wry wit, and it weaves together so many interesting threads of history: Jewish, New york, theater, political, etc. The book takes us through the history of how Sholem Aleichem's Tevye stories came to be, Aleichem's brief forays into NYC Yiddish theater, various dramatic productions of the Tevye stories before Fiddler, and then the writing, casting, and mounting of Fiddler on Broadway, plus its success, and some interesting takes on subsequent productions that took on significant cultural meaning.  

We will announce a location shortly (it will be someone's home), so please keep checking the website if you plan to attend. As always, Kolot's Jewish History Book Group is open to all on a drop-in basis, but we ask that, as it is a book group, you come having read the book. For more information about the group, contact Josh Rubin at hayrubin1@gmail.com or 917-494-2929.

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