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Tisha b'Av Schedule

Saturday Aug 10
8:08 pm Fast Starts
8:51 pm Shabbat Ends

We don’t: wear leather footwear, bathe or wash ourselves (hands are washed only until the knuckle), apply ointments/creams, engage in marital relations or any form of intimacy, sit on a normal-height chair until chatzot (1:14pm), study Torah (except for the “sad” parts), send gifts, or even greet one another ( though you may respond to greetings), engage in outings, trips or similar pleasurable activities, wear fine, festive clothing

9:25 pm Ma’ariv/Eicha/Kinot
10:30 pm Genocide (film)
In 1981 this film became the first Holocaust documentary to receive an Academy Award® and it remains today a chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles and Elizabeth Taylor, the film begins by providing a look at the flourishing Jewish community in pre-war Europe and then traces their grim trajectory through the ghettos, camps, and prisons of the Nazi regime, introducing the lost victims and brave heroes along the way.

Sunday Aug 11
9:00am Shacharit
10:30 am Kinot

12:30 pm
Against the Tide (film)
A compelling film (narrated by Dustin Hoffman) that documents what happened in the United States during the Holocaust, highlighting how a young activist, Peter Bergson, challenged Washington and the establishment Jewish organizations to demand that the rescue of Europe’s Jews become a top priority for American Jews. Through a never before seen 1977 interview, Bergson gives a first-hand account of what occurred. The more successful he became in attracting support from important non-Jewish members of Congress and Hollywood personalities such as Ben Hecht, Edward G. Robinson and Paul Muni, the more threatened and resentful Jewish establishment leaders became. Only the ultra-Orthodox Vaad Hatzala, led by Rabbis Aaron Kotler and Eliezer Silver worked with him.

Against the Tide addresses the attitudes of President Roosevelt and his senior advisors, who used the pretext of winning the war against the Nazis to block any Jewish immigration to the U.S. and juxtaposes the events in America with heart-wrenching heroic stories of the doomed Jews of Europe and the leaders of Polish Jewry who had faith that their powerful brothers and sisters in the United States would somehow be able to save them.

5:15 pm The Long Way Home
Narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring the voices of Edward Asner, Sean Astin, Martin Landau, Miriam Margolyes, David Paymer, and Nina Siemasko, the film combines rare archival films and stills with new interviews, and interweaves historical narrative with stories, anecdotes, and recollections of Jewish refugees.

The film opens in 1945. Germany has been defeated by the Allies and the war in Europe is officially over. American, British, and Russian soldiers have liberated Nazi death camps in Central and Eastern Europe, uncovering to the world the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust. Thousands of starving, half-dead Jewish survivors are freed from Nazi persecution. The majority have lost most, if not all of their family’s members. Those who try to return home are met with antisemitism and threats of physical violence.

American and British authorities set up "Displaced Persons Camps" to house the refugees, often on the same sites as former concentration and death camps. With thousands of Jewish refugees still languishing in DP camps, Jewish resistance groups in Palestine unite to form a resistance movement to oppose the British. The film takes an in-depth look at how most of the world was either indifferent or unwilling to deal with the plight of the Jewish refugees, but at the same time acknowledges the efforts of those who did support the survivors in their attempt to make new lives for themselves.

7:30 pm Mincha/Ma’ariv

8:42 pm Fast Ends (Havdalah w/ just wine/grape juice)