Celebrate Tu B'Av, the Jewish Holiday of Love

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Posted by: Morgan Steinberg, Adult Programs Director, and Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, BVSCJLL

As the sun sets on Tuesday, August 4, we begin the celebration of Tu B’Av, the Jewish holiday of love. Our post-biblical sages teach that on this day, "the daughters of Israel would go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards," looking to find a husband. After the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the holiday went largely unobserved for centuries, until the founding of the modern state of Israel, when Zionists looked to revive ancient Jewish customs. Today, though Tu B'Av is a regular workday in Israel, music and dance festivals are often held, and Israelis enjoy giving cards and flowers to their loved ones. Tu B'Av is also considered a serendipitous day to get married.

In today's world, we could all use a little extra love. So, the J is excited to offer three very special ways for you to celebrate and share love with your family and neighbors.

1. Enjoy a Romantic Comedy!

For 24 hours, beginning on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:00 PM, you will have access to the film Love in Suspenders. The encounter between two people with such different personalities, such as Tammy and Beno, has to result in a nightmare...but love has its own rules. So it happens that Tammy, a 64 year old widow who constantly deals with the memory of her loving late husband, meets Beno, a 70 year old sarcastic lone wolf widower – and the two fall in love. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again, until ultimately their love wins out. The film screening is free - registration required

2. Share a Sweet Tu B'Av Treat

In the spirit of Tu B’Av, surprise a family member, neighbor, or friend with a message of chesed v'ahavah, kindness and love. On August 5, we will deliver a delicious sweet treat and your Tu B’Av good wishes within 5 miles of the JCC.*

Each dessert box will include: red velvet, oatmeal cranberry and double chocolate cookies, blondies and cinnamon chocolate rugelach pastries.

Orders are due by 5:00 PM Monday, August 3.
Order Dessert Box

Heart Plate3. Keep a Heart, Give a Heart Pottery in a Bag

Make the holiday extra special this year by painting a one-of-a-kind heart for you and for someone you love. 

If you do nothing else on this day, be sure to tell those you mean the most to you just how much you love them.


Category: Adults