Ta'anit Tzibbur: A Day of Communal Fasting


We have a traditional practice for moments like this one: ta'anit tzibbur–a fast that draws in the entire community to unite for deliverance for those in crisis.

We stand in horror as Hamas has taken over 100 Israelis and other citizens hostage, among them infants, toddlers, entire families, the elderly and Holocaust survivors. 

While political and military leaders are pursuing pathways to their release, we have a religious and communal obligation to stand up for the victims and to cry out to God. 

Please join us this Thursday, October 12th, the 27th of Tishrei, for a communal fast day supported by rabbis and leaders from across the Jewish world. The fast will begin at dawn and end at nightfall. Click here for halakhic information about communally-decreed fast days.

We invite you to gather for communal prayer as we join for Minhah this Thursday at 5:45 PM. You can find more information on how to join us, both in-person and online, here.

Fill out the form below to be added to our list of communal leaders supporting this fast day.

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Initial Community Supporters (View the full list of supporters here)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Hebrew College (Boston, USA)
Rabbi Brad Artson, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles, USA)
Rosh Kehilla Mijal Bitton, Downtown Minyan (New York, USA)
Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, Rabbinical Assembly and USCJ (New York, USA)
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Ikar (Los Angeles, USA)
Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, Central Synagogue (New York, USA)
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York, USA)
Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, Romemu (New York, USA)
David Cygielman, Moishe House (Charlotte, USA)
Rabbi Steven Exler, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit (New York, USA)
Rabbi Aaron Frank, Ramaz Day School (New York, USA)
Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, South Philadelphia Shtiebel (Philadelphia, USA)
Rabbi Ilana Garber, Rabbinical Assembly (New York, USA)
Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, Hadar Institute (Jerusalem, Israel)
Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom (Montreal, Canada)
Rabbi Shmuel Hain, YIOZ (New York, USA)
Rabbi Shai Held, Hadar Institute (New York, USA)
Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit (New York, USA)
Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu (New York, USA)
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ (New York, USA)
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, T’ruah (New York, USA)
Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, Hadar Institute (New York, USA)
Rabbi Avi Killip, Hadar Institute (New York, USA)
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, Shalom Hartman Institute (New York and Jerusalem)
Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Lab/Shul (New York, USA)
Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, Hillel International (New York, USA)
Rabbi Yosie Levine, The Jewish Center (New York, USA)
Faith Leener, Pardes Institute (New York and Jerusalem)
Rabbi Dov Linzer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (New York, USA)
Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun (New York, USA)
Rabbi Rolando Matalon, B’nai Jeshurun (New York, USA)
Rabbi Adam Mintz, Kehilat Rayim Ahuvim (New York, USA)
Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Golda Och Academy (New Jersey, USA)
Rabbi Jesse Paikin, Moishe House (Washington, DC, USA)
Rabbi Harry Pell, The Leffell School (New York, USA)
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, NY Board of Rabbis (New York, USA)
Dr. Ora Horn Prouser, Academy for Jewish Religion (Yonkers, USA)
Dr. Andrew Rehfeld, Hebrew Union College (Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York and Jerusalem)
Rabbi Aviva Richman, Hadar Institute (New York, USA)
Rabbi Joanna Samuels, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (New York, USA)
Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Drisha Institute (New York, USA)
Chancellor Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York, USA)
Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, AJC (New York, USA)
Rabbi David Silber, Drisha Institute (New York and Jerusalem)
Rabbi Becky Silverstein, SVARA (Boston, USA)
Rabbi Felicia Sol, B’nai Jeshurun (New York, USA)
Rabbi Benjamin Spratt, Rodeph Sholom (New York, USA)
Rabbi Shira Stutman, Mixed Multitudes (Washington, DC, USA)
Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Hadar Institute (New York, USA)
Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Reconstructing Judaism (Wyncote, USA)
Rabbi Rebecca Weintraub, B’nai Jeshurun (New York, USA)
Rabbi Yoni Zolty, Ramath Orah (New York, USA)