From mourning to action

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Tonight is the beginning the Hebrew month of Av. Traditionally this month, and especially the 9th of Av (Tisha B'Av), has been the time where Jews mourn the calamities of the past.

This past year has brought fresh calamities for our communities to mourn,
from the pandemic to the continued killings of Black and brown folks by police (including most recently Leneal Frazier, uncle of Darnella Frazier, who recorded the murder of George Floyd).

We know full well that each of these tragedies can be avoided. That hate and state violence are not inevitable. That when we come together to collective take action, we can create a world where no longer have to mourn injustice.

We will be marking Tisha B'Av by hosting a virtual screening and discussion of 40 Days of Teshuvah,
a film by The Inside Out Wisdom and Action (IOWA) Project and filmmaker Hannah Roodman. This short film weaves together a story of bringing Jewish spiritual practice into the fight for racial justice. 

The film follows Yehudah Webster and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) as they protested for 40 days culminating with Tisha B'Av. This protest came to being after the murder of George Floyd and the racial justice uprising in 2020. For 40 Days, organizers cried out to the heavens, blew the shofar, and mourned the destruction of black and brown bodies at the hands of the racist systems that exist today.

Following the screening, we'll join together in a discussion around the themes and spiritual tools present in the film, and share ideas around how Jewish spiritual practices can be integrated into our own efforts for repair and justice.

We hope you can join us, and may we turn our grief into action.

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