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Lag B’Omer Celebration and Annual Meeting
May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This year, our Temple Israel community will celebrate Lag B’Omer with a family-friendly congregational cookout in our beautiful outdoor amphitheater area overlooking the green rolling hills of the Tri-Faith Commons while we listen to lively Israeli music! We will start the evening with a short annual meeting during which we will install several new board members, honor those who are outgoing, and vote on the extension of Rabbi Stoller’s contract to serve as our Senior Rabbi through 2023. Then, we will celebrate the holiday with hamburgers, hot dogs, and fun for the whole family! RSVP to Temple Israel, 402-556-6536. The suggested donation for this event is one canned food item per person. We will gather the food items and donate them to a food pantry.
What is Lag B’Omer?
Lag B’Omer is a day of joy and celebration which, though relatively unknown to most Reform Jews in recent times, is making a comeback in our movement. It marks the 33rd day between Passover, when we celebrate our freedom from slavery, and Shavuot, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. So why is the 33rd day, of all days, a cause for special celebration? The reason has to do with the great Rabbi Akiva, one of our most famous and admired Jewish sages. In the year 132 C.E., Rabbi Akiva supported a Jewish rebellion against the Roman Empire. In retribution, the Romans persecuted Rabbi Akiva and his disciples intensely in the days following Passover that year – but, as tradition has it, the persecution ended on the 33rd day. In remembrance of Rabbi Akiva’s heroism and spiritual strength, it has become customary for the Jewish community to celebrate that day, Lag B’Omer, with bonfires, weddings, and of course lots of eating!
- May 22
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm