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This year on Tisha B’Av (July 29-30), together with HIAS, J Street, National Council of Jewish Women, Bend the Arc, Torah Trumps Hate, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, T’ruah invites communities to commit themselves to taking action on behalf of immigrants whose health, livelihoods, and physical safety are under siege. For the third year in a row, we ask Jews to cry out and say that we must free all immigrants in detention. 

Tisha B’Av is traditionally a time of fasting, mourning, and prayer. While we are not able to gather physically, we invite you to:

Where We Are

Communities are coming together virtually all over the country to say #FreeThemAll. 

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation – Bethesda, MD
Arizona Jews For Justice
B’nai Jeshurun – New York, NY
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
Beyt Tikkun Synagogue – Berkeley, CA
Carolina Jews for Justice
Central Reform Congregation – St. Louis, MO
Chavurah B’Yachad, and Utah Jews for Refugees – Salt Lake City, UT
Chicago Jews for Refugees Coalition
Community Shul of Montecito and Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, CA
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah – New York, NY
Congregation Beth Elohim – Brooklyn, NY
Congregation Beth Tikvah – Marlton, NJ
Congregation Dor Hadash – San Diego, CA
Congregation Kol Ami-KC – Kansas City, MO
Congregation Shir Hadash – MKE – Milwaukee, WI
Congregation Shir Tikvah – Portland, OR
Congregation Shomrei Emunah – Montclair, NJ
Flatbush Jewish Center – Brooklyn, NY
Glacier Jewish Community/B’nai Shalom – Whitefish, MT
IKAR – Los Angeles, CA
J Street
Jewish Action San Diego
Kerem Shalom – Concord, MA
Kirva – Inside Out Wisdom and Action
Kol Ha Emek – Redwood Valley, CA
Kolot Chayeinu – Brooklyn, NY
Lilith Magazine
Mishkan Shalom – Philadelphia, PA
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women – Arizona
National Council of Jewish Women – Minnesota
Nefesh – Los Angeles, CA
Or Hamidbar – Palm Springs, CA
Park Slope Jewish Center – Brooklyn, NY
Path With Heart – Laguna Woods, CA
Peninsula Temple Sholom – Burlingame, CA
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore – Plandome, NY
Religion Outside the Box – Portland, OR
SAJ-Judaism that Stands for All – New York, NY
Shomrei Emunah – West Orange, NJ
Temple Beth-El – Richmond, VA
Temple Beth El – Eureka, CA
Temple Beth Shalom – Needham, MA
Temple Israel of Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA
Temple Sholom of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
Temple Sinai – Washington, DC
Tikkun Olam Committee of Congregation B’nai Israel – Easthampton, MA
Torah Trumps Hate
Union for Reform Judaism
Uri L’Tzedek
Westchester Jewish Center for Immigration

The History of Tisha B’Av Action for Immigrants

In response to the tragedies occurring at our border and in detention centers across our country, the immigrant-led organization United We Dream asked allies to hold vigils and protests outside Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) office nationwide. Last year, on the holiday of Tisha B’Av (August 10-11, 2019), T’ruah organized Jewish vigils and protests in partnership with Bend the Arc, J Street, HIAS, the National Council of Jewish Women, Torah Trumps Hate and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Together, we demanded an end to this unfolding modern-day catastrophe. In 2018, more than a dozen Jewish communities across the country held similar events. Last year, the number quadrupled to more than fifty.