On Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., hundreds of people are expected at the “Grand Lag B’Omer Unity Celebration” at the Alpine Scout Camp on Route 9W in Alpine. The evening will include an outdoor family barbecue, music, face painting, entertainment, and games.
Rabbi Mordechai Shain, the director of Lubavitch on the Palisades, said, “In the spirit of unity, we are excited to join together with our two satellite centers, Chabad of Old Tappan, established in 2006, and Chabad of Closter, established in 2018, to bring the Jewish message of unity to the community.”
“Coming together this year will not only be a source of joy for our communities but also a source of comfort for those who sadly lost loved ones during the tragedy last year in Meron, Israel, where Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is buried,” Rabbi Mendy Lewis, director of Chabad of Old Tappan, added.
Lag B’Omer commemorates the death of the great second-century sage, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the first person to teach the mystical dimension of the Torah publicly, and the author of the classic text of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day he died, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.”
“Lag B’Omer is a day associated with blessings,” Rabbi Yossi Gluckowsky, director of Chabad of Closter, said. “Coming together to celebrate this day with love and comradery will certainly increase the positive energy of this day, and hasten the ultimate display of unity that we will experience with the coming of Moshiach.”
This event is open to the entire Jewish community. To register, visit or call one of the three participating Chabad centers — Lubavitch on the Palisades, chabadlubavitch.org/lag5782 or (201) 871.1152 ext. 500; Chabad of Old Tappan, chabadot.org/lag or (201) 767-4008, or Chabad of Closter, chabadcloster.org/lag or (201) 937-6562.