Previous Events - Lag B’Omer weekend
There is a small group of people running various programs for Jewish youth in Perth, and their motto goes like this:
If you’re not enjoying your Judaism, you’re not doing it the right way!
So in the honour of celebrating Jewish life, the Lag B’Omer weekend was action packed. Perth welcomed a good friend, Moshe Feiglin, a young, dynamic musician from Melbourne.
35 year 11’s and 12’s came to Noranda shule on Friday night to wind down form the week, feast on great food and share some ideas about life. The atmosphere was relaxed and the conversation was free-flowing. Moshe Feiglin was up on his chair leading the kids in some funky chants and some very catchy home grown songs… probably the catchiest tune – “I got my Hot, Hot, Hot, Cholent Pot!!”
120 Jewish youth gathered in the Maccabi Car-Park before jumping on 2 party buses and bouncing north 30 minutes to the Raiter’s farm. Upon arriving to a barn in a large paddock, the crew mingled under a moonlit sky.
Very soon, the lights went out and Moshe Feiglin began a musical Havdala, Australian style – over a beer and some eucalyptus leaves. A lantern floated around and came down on a huge wood pile to begin the night with a flame. The lights came on, the bar opened and the live music began.
There was glow-in-the-dark Frisbee, fire-twirling, roasting marshmallows, hot potatoes, hotdogs and live music all the way into the night.
While thousands of Jews gather at Mount Meron in the north of Israel to celebrate at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and dance into the morning, Perth was on the map with its own Jewish flame.
A tiny light dispels tremendous darkness.
Thank you to all the people who helped out and made the event a flaming success.
Parents and kids were welcomed at the Jewish Centre by Undy the clown (Anthony Goodman) and Perth’s own Rashbi (also known as “Rashbic” – Rabbi Shalom of Beit Chabad). The kids marched together as part of Tzivos Hashem (“army of Hashem”) and paraded around the outside of the Centre chanting verses of Torah and playing games to celebrate the day.
Thanks to Romy Pikoos for managing the BBQ and a big thank you to the Dianella Bochurim for helping out the entire weekend. It is fantastic to have such integrated help on all levels.