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Tisha b'Av, the Fast of the Ninth of Av,
represents one of the saddest days for
the Jewish people because, throughout
history, many tragedies have occurred
on that day.
The most notable are the destruc-
tion of the first and second Temples;
the first was destroyed by the
Babylonians and the second was
destroyed by the Romans.
Also on the ninth of Av in 1492 C.E.,
the Jews were expelled from Spain.
The day is a day of mourning and
comes at the end of a three-week
period of mourning that builds in

intensity. This year Tisha b'Av falls on
Thursday, Aug. 3.
During this three-week period, wed-
dings and other celebrations are not
allowed. Observant Jews also don't get
haircuts and don't wear new clothes
or leather shoes. And it's a custom not
to eat meat or drink wine, except on
Shabbat.
Tisha b'Av is a major, full fast day,
similar to Yom Kippur in its restric-
tions. In the synagogue, the Book of
Lamentations is read and mourning
prayers are said. The ark customarily
is draped in black.

Pastor Encourages
Black-Jewish Bonds
Pastor Glenn R. Plummer, an ordained
minister who founded an organization
dedicated to promoting pro-Israel sup-
port among African Americans, will
speak at Temple Israel's Shabbat Under
the Stars on Friday, Aug. 11.
Rev. Plummer, who will have just
returned from a trip to Israel, will speak
on "Why Black America Should Stand in
Solidarity with Israel." The 7:30 p.m. ser-
vice is co-sponsored by StandWithUs-
Michigan, the local chapter of the
California-based national Israel advo-
cacy and education organization.
Rev. Plummer is senior pastor at
Ambassadors for Christ Church in
Detroit. He was the first black chair-
man and CEO of the National Religious
Broadcasters. He founded the Christian
Television Network.

Rev. Plummer has addressed Detroit
Jewry twice since the latest attacks on
Israel by
Hamas and
Hezbollah.
Two
years ago,
he won the
Ambassador
of Tourism
Award given
annually
Rev. Plummer
by the State
of Israel -for
the many missions he has led. Later, he
addressed the Knesset on the subject of
black America and the State of Israel.
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon invited
him to a meeting in Washington with
American religious leaders to discuss
Israel's disengagement from Gaza.
In 2005, Rev. Plummer spoke at
the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee national policy conference.
"I was at once struck by his passion

and fire for Israel:' Said Linda Stulberg,
volunteer director of StandWithUs-
Michigan. Rev. Plummer also serves on
the El Al Airlines board.
He was one of the keynote speak-
ers at the International Fellowship
of Christians and Jews' 2005 Stand
for Israel Conference in Washington.
That was the genesis for Project FIBA
launched by him in January in partner-
ship with IFCJ's Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
Project FIBA aims to "help unite Israel
and Black America as international
friends and strong allies while also
increasing goodwill between African
Americans and Jews." Next month,
Project FIBA will be hosting a national
summit in Metro Detroit exploring the
dynamics of black and Jewish relations.
The two-day conference will conclude
with a special evening of music and
fellowship at the Max Fisher Orchestra
Hall.
For more on Rev. Plummer's appear-
ance at Temple Israel, call StandWithUs-
Michigan at (248) 508-8545 or Temple
Israel at (248) 661-5700.

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