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IN-PERSON: Tisha B’Av 5782 – Community Loss and the Injustice of Incarceration

Saturday, August 6, 2022 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

IN-PERSON: Tisha B’Av 5782  – Community Loss and the Injustice of Incarceration: Mourning the Deaths in Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail

On this Tisha B’Av, as we grieve our communal losses across time, we are called to mourn the 64 known deaths that have occurred in Santa Rita Jail since 2014, a number that is equivalent to one death every 6 1/2 weeks. These lives lost belong primarily to our Black and brown siblings who make up a majority of people incarcerated at Santa Rita. Whether alleged suicide, homicide or jailer neglect, we mourn the cruelty and indifference that leads to this unnecessary loss of life. Incarceration in Santa Rita Jail should never be a death sentence.

This observance will be in-person, outdoors in the Kehilla Courtyard and will include:

  • Sharing from Kehilla activists in the Economic Justice Committee and Interfaith Coalition for Justice in Our Jails about the conditions in Santa Rita and the campaign to protect incarcerated people there.
  • Sharing from Pastor Derron Jenkins of Bay Area Christian Connection about the experience of Santa Rita and its impact on communities of color.
  • Traditional Tisha B’Av observance, including Havdallah, and chanting from the book of Lamentations / Eicha.

All are welcome to come for all or part of this observance.

On Tisha B’Av it is customary to sit on the floor or a low chair. You may want to bring a mat or low chair to sit on. Folding chairs will also be available.

For in-person attendance, please adhere to the COVID Public Health Protocols.

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ: The full Kehilla COVID Public Health Protocols here (updated May 20).

  • Effective May 20 – We are now requesting that everyone take a rapid antigen test before coming to an indoor Kehilla event or service.
  • This new protocol is designed to decrease the possibility that COVID infections will be spread at Kehilla.

In keeping with our health and safety protocols, for proper ventilation we are keeping windows and doors open during indoor Kehilla events, so we recommend that you bring layers (it may be cold in the building).

All events at Kehilla are scent-free. Click here for information about what it means to be scent-free.


Saturday, August 6, 2022
7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
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Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue
Piedmont, CA 94610 United States
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