Jews Say #CloseTheCamps: 50+ Tisha B'Av Actions Nationwide August 10-11

The Jewish movement to #CloseTheCamps is growing.

This Tisha B’Av, a Jewish day of mourning, we will gather to collectively mourn the tragedies happening today to immigrants in our country.

There are over 36 Tisha B’Av vigils happening around the country on August 10-11. Find your local event here, plus information on how to host an event in your community.

Organized by T’ruah, Bend the Arc, NCJW, the RAC, J Street, HIAS, and Torah Trumps Hate in response to a call for action by United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country.

Thank you to T'ruah for putting this map together


Our action together is working. After public pressure and organizing in Oklahoma — including a mobilization with indigenous, immigrant, Japanese American, and Black family — Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe put on hold plans to use Fort Sill as a detention camp for over 1,600 migrant children.

Jewish communities are rising up —

Rooted in the stories, history, and traditions of our ancestors.

Connected in solidarity with everyone else under attack by a dangerous white nationalist in the White House.

Learning our own power to end cruelty, demand accountability, and create justice.

Join Jews and allies at Tisha B’Av #CloseTheCamps events on August 10-11. See the map of all the events here.

Tisha B’Av commemorates the destruction of the temple and episodes of violence against the Jewish people throughout history. 

This Tisha B’Av, we see destruction, cruelty, and senseless hatred in the United States: kids in cages, separated families, human beings being held in camps with inhumane living conditions. 

As Jews, we know what it’s like to be in exile, persecuted, treated as the other, turned away. We know that this administration’s targeting of immigrants is all too familiar, and we have a responsibility to act.

Wherever you are, join our community in mourning the destruction and violence that is currently being carried out by our government, and call on our leaders to #ClosetheCamps.

Senseless hatred is in our midst, but we are powerful: together, can we rise up in solidarity with our immigrant partners and build a more just world. 

Toward justice,

The Bend the Arc team

Photograph of Tisha B’Av for immigrant justice in Southern California in 2018