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Hundreds Flock to Lag B'Omer Bonfires and BBQs Throught the UK

Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 - 2:01 pm

brighton4.jpgBonfires and BBQs burnt throughout Lag B’Omer as Chabad Lubavitch centres around the United Kingdom welcomed crowds to celebrate the day which marks the passing of the Talmudic Sage and author of the Zohar Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, and the cessation of the plague which claimed the lives of Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students.

In Leeds, over 150 people from across the community attended a family fun day organised by the Lubavitch Centre. A fascinating presentation by the “Animal Man” entertained the young and a bouncy castle let them burn off the extra calories from an appetising BBQ. As is the tradition on Lag B’Omer, an opshernish (first haircut) was also held for a young three year old boy.

Buckhurst Hill

Families also enjoyed a festive atmosphere in North East London and Essex as Chabad of Buckhurst Hill hosted a BBQ evening at the home of one of their supporters in Loughton with over 180 people joining in the fun. A fire juggler and fireworks provided entertainment for the whole family. 

Food

In Scotland, Chabad of Edinburgh celebrated Lag B'Omer with a BBQ with a full range of kosher meat which attracted crowds of students.

"Every one was excited to have kosher meat in the middle of Scotland,” says Rabbi Pinny Weinman. "For many students it was the first time they ate kosher meat since they have arrived in September."

Brighton

Students in the seaside town of Brighton enjoyed a Lag B’Omer BBQ on the beach organised by Rabbi Zalman and Shterna Lewis, co-directors of Chabad on Campus of the South Coast. Musical entertainment was provided as well as food to cater for all tastes, including kebabs, burgers, sausages, marshmallows and a veggie burgers.

Also in Brighton, Rabbi Pesach and Penina Efune, co-directors of Lubavitch of Brighton, hosted a Lag B'Omer bonfire and BBQ for members of the local Brighton and Hove community. Attendees enjoyed music performed by renowned Jewish entertained, Eli Tamir.

Bloomsbury

In Central London, Chabad of Bloomsbury hosted 50 students and young professionals for a BBQ in a rooftop garden in the heart of capital. As well as food and music, attendees enjoyed impressive views of the city skyline, including the London Eye.

Cambridge

Two BBQ events - one for students and the other for community members and their children - attracted 70 people at Chabad of Cambridge.

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