Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis

Smiling headshot of Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis is the associate rabbi of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA. Previously, she served as associate rabbi of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA, and rabbi-educator of Temple Beth Shalom of Needham, MA. She is an alumna of Williams College and Harvard Divinity School, in addition to rabbinic and education degrees from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is happy to talk Torah, YA literature, cultural change, poetry, theology, and other life quandaries with equal enthusiasm.

Why Summer's Parched Soil is Ripe for the Seeds of Hope

Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis

Events on the 17th of Tammuz, and others that also have been ascribed to this date, are the reasons it has long been observed as a day of mourning in Jewish tradition. Though the day and the rituals of this time of year are not often marked by Reform Jews, traditionally, the 17th of Tammuz begins the “Three Weeks,” a period of mourning lasting until the 9th of Av.