Welcome to the Israel Lag Ba’Omer experience. Like most Jewish holidays, Lag Ba’Omer is taken very seriously in Israel. There are plenty of events to choose from, between Hasidic celebrations at Mt Meron, bonfire kumzitz gatherings in Jerusalem, and community parties in Tel Aviv. Plan your Lag Ba’Omer adventure with this list of events and get the best experience possible.
Nefesh B’Nefesh throws an annual Lag Ba’Omer bonfire for the Anglo community in Israel. Geared towards young professionals, this is the place to drink a cold beer and make new friends around the fire. There will be marshmallows and s’mores, and the event is free but there is a suggested donation of 20 NIS if you plan on drinking beer. Feel free to bring your friends! Open to people from all backgrounds and nationalities in their 20’s and 30’s. Bring your own instruments. The entire area, called Churshat HaYareach, will be filled with bonfires and different groups celebrating the holiday. Find out more about this here.
The Soul Center arranges a bus every year from Jerusalem to Mt Meron and back. This is especially convenient for people who want to make it out to Meron for the experience, yet want to be back in Jerusalem the following morning. This is a great way to get to Meron and back without having to get involved in the super-crowded public transportation scene. You can either stick with the group, which will involve some singing, dancing, and drinking, or do your own thing and meet up with them at the end of the night for the ride back. The Soul Center is run by Ezra Amichai, originally from New York City. Find out how to join here.
Yiboneh is a Jerusalem-based organization aiming to spread kindness in the world through bringing people together for events and classes. Their annual Lag Ba’Omer Kumzitz includes Jerusalem’s best music, food, and great company. This is the place for you if you love BBQ’s and bonfires. Free entrance for lone soldiers. There will be a band playing live music, and the theme of the night will be “Love your neighbor.” The event will take place on Saturday night at the Reuveni Nursery on Emek Refaim street. Here is some additional info where you can get your tickets in advance online. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door.
If you have small children, have no fear! This holiday is the highlight of the year for many kids in Israel, and the events in Jerusalem are one of the reasons why. This one central event features a children’s parade, an interactive and entertaining performance, prizes, and lots of fun music. Give the children a full day of fun and celebration! This event is geared towards the children and families of Jerusalem and will be run in both English and Hebrew. Entrance is free and the event will take place during the day on Sunday the 14th of May. For the full schedule and parking information, click here.
One Day Social Volunteering is a worldwide community of ambitious people who love to do social volunteering in their city. The organization assists them by making volunteering accessible and flexible, and by hosting social events for the volunteers to meet each other. Tel Aviv’s One Day is honoring its volunteers by throwing them a special Lag Ba’Omer social event. It will take place on Thursday May 11th, and will feature lots of drink, food and a music jam. This is a great opportunity to meet a great group of young people in Tel Aviv, and get involved in volunteer work! Read more on the Facebook event page or get tickets here.
We hope this list helped you decide how to spend this awesome and fun holiday! Whichever event or events you choose to attend, we wish you a fun, exciting, and meaningful Lag Ba’Omer.