Erev Tisha B’Av service in Parkland moves, enlightens congregation

An unfortunate case of laryngitis couldn’t prevent Cantor Malcolm Arnold from leading a powerful and meaningful Erev Tisha B’Av service at Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland.

Tisha B’Av is an annual holy day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. It has been called “the saddest day in Jewish history” and is also one of general mourning for the numerous catastrophes that have coincidentally befallen Jews on the ninth of Av.

Arnold noted he was pleased with the turnout of about 50 people. “I was expecting 30 people, and I would’ve been happy with 30,” he said.

Kol Tikvah is a Reform synagogue that began hosting this service eight years ago.

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