Monday, May 11, 2009

Lag B’omer Jewish Community Celebration

ORANGE -Chabad of Orange-Woodbridge will hold a lively outdoor event in honor of the Jewish holiday of Lag B’omer from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.
The event, which includes circus entertainment by Peter Panic, face painting, and relay races, is for Jews from all walks of life, including adults, students and children, to come together to enjoy and partake in a kosher community barbecue, in celebration of the joyous day, organizers said.
Lag B’omer commemorates the lives of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and Rabbi Akiva, who both set examples of proud perseverance and dedication to the Torah and its teachings during the Roman occupation of Israel. It is a day of unity when family and friends join in harmony with acquaintances as well as strangers in accordance with the teachings of Rabbi Akiva that all people should respect each other as themselves. It is also a joyous holiday following the instructions of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a sage, mystical thinker, and author of the Zohar; having fulfilled his mission in this world, he asked that the anniversary be celebrated as a happy day.
In many communities throughout the world Lag B’omer is commemorated with picnics and parades. On Lag B’omer, we derive great inspiration from our great scholars and heroes. "It’s a day of great joy for the Jewish people and a time to reflect on our roots and remember the great leaders who kept the flame of Judaism alive during difficult times." said Rabbi Adam Haston.
For more information on the event, call Haston at (203) 589-4783 or email

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