Photos: Dalya Holder
Over 200 people joined a Lag B’Omer Unity Parade and Fun Festival at Jerusalem’s First Station.
Called Tachana Rishona in Hebrew, it’s a popular venue for recreation and dining. What a refreshing sound to hear vibrant Jewish songs and the sweet voices of children saying the 12 pesukim there this past Thursday!
Chabad of Baka, a warm community comprised of English-speaking olim, organized a fun-filled day for children of all ages and backgrounds. The program began with an engaging bubble show and uplifting rally. After each child received a book and ices, the happy crowd set off on a lively parade through the streets of Baka.
Banners promoting love and mitzvos were waved with pride. Boys from the community were directed by professional drummers and excited the crowd with their rhythmic drumming and music.
Some of the families from the South Jerusalem Friendship Circle, directed by Chabad of Baka, joined in the festivities and thoroughly enjoyed.
Volunteers from Machon Shoshana seminary enhanced the program with their great spirit and helpfulness.
A huge treat awaited the children at the conclusion of the parade: rides, moonbounces, and even mini bungee jumping!
“What a Kiddush Hashem!” one mother exclaimed. “Sharing the message of Lag B’Omer with the people at Tachana Rishona and in the streets was amazing. Even passengers on the passing buses were moved.
A father from the community enthused, “The biggest joy was seeing how much fun the kids had! That was always the Rebbe’s emphasis.”