17 May Shavei Israel communities celebrate Lag B’Omer
Who doesn’t love a good bonfire? There were plenty of them this week as the Jewish world celebrated Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day of the period between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. We have photos of medurot (Hebrew for bonfire) from Shavei Israel communities in India, Israel, Portugal, Poland and Colombia.
The Bnei Menashe community at the Kfar Hasidim absorption center marked Lag B’Omer on the day before their departure for the new homes. (See our article here.) In addition to the traditional bonfire, there were yummy baked potatoes and a community sing-along.
Meanwhile, the Bnei Menashe community back in India continued its annual Lag B’Omer tradition of bonfires, music and skits.
Elsewhere in India, the Zion Torah Center made a few bonfires in their home base of Erode, India. Plus, can we have some of those skewers – they look delicious!
The Bnei Anousim community in Colombia also knows how to celebrate in style. Here are some photos from South America.
Finally, it’s Portugal’s turn to light our fire. That’s Shavei Israel’s emissary, Rabbi Elisha Salas, waving next to the fire in the first picture.
Bonfires and prayers – that’s what you’ll see in these pictures from the Jewish community in Lodz. Oh, and face painting for the kids (although some of the adults – Kasia and Kala shown here) joined in the fun.