For the Jewish community, Tisha B’Av is a day that’s marked by mourning atrocities that have occurred to the faith throughout history. But this year, the community mourned beyond what’s happened in history.
Sunday evening, the Syracuse community gathered outside the city’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to voice their displeasure with the current immigration system. The gathering included prayer and song to stand with individuals at the U.S.-Mexico border.
At one point, a special Jewish ceremony was held to mourn the deaths of individuals who have died at the border.
For some gatherers, events like these mirror the climate of Europe during World War II.
"Of all the things that are going on right now, what’s going on at the southern border seems so close to the types of atrocities that led up to the Holocaust," said Maggid Jim Brule.
While he says the events at the border are not on the same scale as the Holocaust, he believes action is necessary to ensure the situation won’t worsen.
The Syracuse community was one of many nationwide that held similar events.