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Tisha B’Av this weekend

Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of Av. Sundown, will be observed Saturday and Sunday by the Jewish Congregation of Maui.

On the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av in 586 B.C.E, the first great Holy Temple in Jerusalem was demolished by invading Babylonians. Seventy years later, the second Holy Temple was erected. Almost 600 years later, once again on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, in 70 C.E., the Romans sacked and destroyed the second Temple.

This is a day of grief, mourning and fasting. These acts are meant to help one remember the events.

The Jewish Congregation of Maui invites the community to participate in the following events:

• 6:50 p.m. Saturday — Fast begins at the end of Shabbat. Ma’ariv follows at 7:45 p.m. followed by Megillat Eichah — Book of Lamentations, and Kinot — mournful poetry.

• 9:30 a.m. Sunday — Shacharit service. The congregation will not don tefillin and tallit at this service. However, at the Mincha afternoon service at 6:45 p.m., they will wear tallit and tefillin. A light breakfast will be provided after the fast.

The Jewish Congregation of Maui is located at 634 Alulike St. in north Kihei.

For more information, contact 874-5397 or admin@mauijews.org.

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Vacation Bible school in Lahaina

Grace Baptist Church at 164 Fleming Road in Lahaina will present a free vacation Bible school called “Camp Moose-on-the-Loose” from 9 a.m. to noon July 30 to Aug. 3. There will be a closing program at 7 p.m. Aug. 3.

Youths ages 4 to 18 will participate in Bible stories, singing, puppets, snacks, crafts and more.

Free transportation is available for the west side. For more information, call 661-4017 or 870-1494.

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Mass, potluck at Kaupo church

There will be a Mass followed by a potluck meal at noon July 29 at St. Joseph Mission Church in Kaupo.

The church is located between Mile Markers 33 and 34 on Piilani Highway, the road to Kaupo.

This will be Father Arwin Rebollido’s last Mass celebration at the church as a new parish administrator is being assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Hana on Aug. 1.

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