Holidays & spiritual

“The Destruction of the Jewish Temple” by Francesco Hayez

Mourning the Temple

The Yeashore Community is bringing together a dozen Jewish organizations, including eight synagogues, in honor of Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Considered the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, the event will begin with a dairy potluck, followed by teachings from congregational leaders and concluding with a candlelighting ceremony to recall the destruction of the Temples and other tragedies in Jewish history.

6 p.m. Monday, July 15 at Congregation Ner Tamid, 1250 Quintara St., S.F. Free. (415) 661-3383


Poetry Shabbat. Contemporary poets will present original pieces and congregants are invited to read poems by Allen Ginsberg and others. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free; limited seating.


“Friday at the Midrahov.” Celebrate Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love, with an Israeli-style Kabbalat Shabbat, followed by a jazz concert, book sale and children’s activities. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 4 to 7 p.m. Free.

“Tu B’Av Under the Trees.” Outdoor oneg Shabbat with singing, dancing, wine and chocolate to celebrate the holiday of love. At Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills. 6:15 p.m. Free.