NEXTGen Redefines How We Celebrate Lag BaOmer

May 28, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

LGBB4

Lag BaOmer used to be a little known Jewish Holiday. That is, until NEXTGen Detroit got their hands on it! Back in 2012, NEXTGen decided to redefine Lag BaOmer and lift it from its status as a minor Jewish holiday into a community-wide celebration: Lag BaOmer Blowout! The event was so successful in its first few years that other organizations, such as the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, have begun holding their own Lag BaOmer festivities.

NEXTGen Detroit hosted its third annual Lag BaOmer Blowout on Sunday, May 18th at the Friendship Circle. The event brought together young adults from throughout the community. With over 250 in attendance, this was our largest Lag BaOmer BlowOut ever.

What a perfect way to start off the summer! Music was flowing and delicious foods were being grilled as Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, Rabbi Leiby Burnham and community leader Gary Torgow led discussions on the meaning of the holiday. Guests enjoyed a barbeque dinner of hamburgers, hotdogs and other delicious dishes. including summer beverages and craft beers selected by the Lag BaOmer BlowOut chairs Julie Marx and Rabbi Yisrael Pinson, and Rabbi Leiby Burnham of Partners Detroit. As Josh Goldberg, a Lag BaOmer Blowout Committee member, described it, “A couple of years ago, we (the YAD Jewish Life Committee) were thinking of an idea for an event, and the minor Jewish holiday Lag BaOmer came up because celebrating it seemed enjoyable, worthwhile and doable. We were blown away by the response that year — at the event, the line was out-the-door, and we ended up with over 190 people, and the event’s grown each year since.  Because the holiday’s not widely celebrated, we kind of came out of nowhere throwing a huge young-adult Lag BaOmer event; it’s surely one of (if not *the*) biggest in the country, and it’s been said since that first year that we ‘put Lag BaOmer on the map’.”

Following dinner, guests gathered outside for a huge bonfire where they roasted s’mores, reunited with old friends and met new ones. Good vibes were definitely felt throughout the night. The BlowOut was the first of many amazing summer events from NEXTGen Detroit.

The Jewish holiday of Lag BaOmer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Omer count between Passover and Shavuot.  It commemorates Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who was the first Jewish thought leader to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as Kabbalah. The holiday is typically celebrated with bonfires, outings and other fun events.

This event was a partnership between NEXTGen Detroit, Friendship Circle, Partners Detroit, and Chabad in the D, and was generously sponsored in part by Jeffery Warsaw.

Stay tuned for upcoming NEXTGen Detroit summer events! https://www.facebook.com/CommunityNEXT.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Apr
25

TOV at Bookstock!

Help Women’s Philanthropy’s Tikkun Olam Volunteers (TOV) Make a Difference, Join Us at Bookstock! Volunteers are needed throughout the day from 9:30am – 9:30pm. Tuesday, April 25th | 9:30 am Laurel Park Place Mall 37700 West Six Mile Road Livonia, MI 48152 Click here to register For every hour a volunteer works, Bookstock will donate […]

Sign Up
Apr
30

Yoga and Mindfulness

Join Young Women’s Philanthropy for an afternoon of Yoga and Mindfulness: Sunday, April 30, 1 pm – 2:30 pm Blue Yoga 161 Townsend Street Birmingham, MI Couvert $10 12:45pm – Registration 1:00pm – Yoga led by Niki Fink, owner of Blue Yoga 1:45pm – Mindfulness session taught by Mindy Eisenberg, owner of Yoga Moves MS […]

Sign Up
Apr
30

Volunteer at Methodist Children Home Society

NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers are returning to Methodist Children’s Home Society to play some basketball! Methodist Children’s Home Society provides foster, residential and adoptive care to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. We will be leading a basketball workshop for the younger children and scrimmaging with the older ones. The children range in age […]

Sign Up
Apr
30

2017 Yom HaZikaron

We Join Together to Remember Those Who Have Fallen So That Israel May Continue to Stand. We kindly ask that you be seated by 4:45 p.m. in order to start promptly. Free Transportation If you need transportation, please use the form below. Bus departs promptly at 4:00 p.m. from Temple Emanu-El (14450 W. 10 Mile […]

Sign Up