Handmaker to celebrate festival of love

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging will hold a celebration for the holiday of Tu B’Av on Monday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. .

The holiday celebrates the end of a three-week period of mourning that commemorates tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people. Tu B’Av is considered a minor holiday in the Jewish calendar, but is widely celebrated in Israel as a festival of love. It is customary to hold weddings on this day and make greeting cards for loved ones. During the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, women dressed in white and danced on Tu B’Av, with the hopes of attracting a husband.

The free celebration will include making handmade greeting cards and a dessert reception. For more information, contact Lori Riegel, Handmaker religious and cultural education coordinator, at 322-7006 or lriegel@handmaker.org.