Under a beautiful clear sky in Paseo Verde Park in Green Valley, over 200 people were relaxing in the grass, shmoozing with one another, enjoying hot dogs and hamburgers, while children were playing and having a great time.
What was going on?
A Lag Ba’Omer Barbeque! Lag Ba’Omer celebrates the day when the great sage, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai taught much of the mystical Torah to his students. The custom is to make bonfires, symbolizing the fire of Torah.
East Side JCC and Ahavas Torah Center teamed up to make this fantastic barbeque, attended mainly by members of the Green Valley Jewish Community. Between throwing the Frisbee around, shooting hoops, and plenty of baseball, there was plenty of sports to go around. Leslie Murdock and Illisa Polis from the East Side JCC led a gorgeous Lag Ba’omer-themed arts & crafts for the younger kids and afterwards organized the children in races and games. The dynamic mix created a warm, fun atmosphere, while the great grilling kept it tasty as well. There were hot dogs and hamburgers right off the grill, with all sorts of condiments to add. The salads and sodas made it all the more refreshing.
The sun went lower and the crowd stayed on, not wanting to leave, everyone savoring the food and friends. The bonfire was lit and Rabbi Zev Goldman from Yeshiva Day School, and Cantor Andres Kornworcel from Midbar Kodesh pulled out their guitars and, surrounded by children, began singing some of the popular Jewish melodies.