On Lag B’omer, over 500 children from all backgrounds, Litvish and Chassidish, American and Russian, gathered from all over NYC for a grand Lag B’omer Parade in Kensington, Flatbush, in Brooklyn, at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue F.
The program began with MC Shimon Rivkin leading the reciting of the twelve Pesukim. The pesukim were followed by some traditional Jewish songs including Modeh Ani and ‘Hashem is Here.’
Afterwards, the children enjoyed a performance by the renowned Steve Max of ‘The Simon Sez Show.’
The performance was then followed by a raffle for all participants with a chance to win a Nintendo Wii. An excited Batya Goldberg went home with her very own Wii.
At 5:30 the parade began, with participants marching along Ocean Parkway.
The parade was followed by a fair with various rides and carnival booths. All children from NCFJE’s Released Time Program were in attendance. There were many booths positioned alongside the parade area to ‘Sign Up in Tzivos Hashem’, a Chassidic book stand, sign up for a letter in the Children’s Torah stand, as well as food stands.
The parade was organized by Chabad Lubavitch of Kensington under the direction of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Levin. The Parade director was Rabbi Yehuda Levin. The 770 Bochurim of Released Time Program as well as the Bochurim from Oholei Torah Zal contributed in arranging and running this grand parade.