How do you celebrate Lag B’Omer when we have to distance ourselves from one another and avoid gatherings? Chabad of S. Diego knows the answer. Make it a drive-through.
By Anash.org reporter
How do you celebrate Lag B’Omer when we have to distance ourselves from one another and avoid gatherings? Make it a drive-through.
Chabad Hebrew Academy of S. Diego offered its community a Lag B’Omer Drive-Thru Circus Experience, setting up multiple stages in their school parking lot. Thousands of patrons slowly drove through in their cars. They were greeted by arches of red and yellow balloons (representing flames) Chasidic music, stilt-walkers, unicyclists, acrobats, jugglers, hula hoops, puppets, and clowns.
Rabbi Yonah Fradkin director of Chabad S. Diego explained “Today is the holiday of Lag B’Omer, and in the middle of the coronavirus we felt what could be better than bringing joy to the community? Being that we have such a beautiful property where we have our school and educational center, we decided let’s utilize the center to bring and it turned out to be thousands of people to come and bring joy to their lives.”
Even though many local events had been canceled, the Lag B’Omer parade had to go on. Rabbi Yair Yelin said “Chabad’s philosophy is that the light that comes from darkness is a much brighter light. So when times are dark and people are depressed, instead of focusing on the darkness, we need to find ways to bring a brighter light. We thought that this was the greatest opportunity to do it and it proves to be so.