SCROLL DOWN PARADE ROUTE 

What is Lag Ba’omer?  Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the  Omer count—this year, May 12, 2020—is a festive day on the  Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which children traditionally play with  bows and arrows), bonfires, parades and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in  MeronIsrael) of the great sage and mystic  Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.

What are we celebrating?  Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the... Click here to read more

 

What is Chabad Center of Northwest NJ doing this year to celebrate?

We will be having a Lag Ba'omer Car parade, Celebrating Jewish Unity and Pride! Followed by a Virtual BBQ Party!

 

How do we decorate our car for this parade?

Create a banner or decoration that showcases some of the most basic MItzvot. Place that banner or float on your car.

Below are some ideas of what you can promote.

What are some basic Mitzvot that we can promote? (Scroll to the bottom to see more details about each Mitzvah)

  • Tefillin
  • Tzedakah / Acts of goodness & Kindness

  • A home filled with Jewish Books

  • Torah Study 

  • Family Purity

  • Shabbat Candles

  • Mezuzah

  • Ahavat Yisroel

  • Jewish Education

  • Kosher

  • The 7 Noahide Laws

  • Salute and thank our local heroes

Did you know there are a 613 Mitzvot in the Torah?!

A Mitzvah is a commandment from G‑d, it also means connection.

When we do a Mitzvah we create a closer and stronger connection between us and G‑d. How special is that?

What is a MItzvah?

 

 

More details about each Mitzvah

  • Tefillin

    • Men and boys aged 13 and up have a special mitzvah to wear tefillin every morning, excluding Shabbat and Holidays. Tefillin are black leather boxes containing small parchment scrolls of selected portions from the Torah, in which the fundamentals of the Jewish faith are inscribed. Wrapping the tefillin on our head and arm facing inwards towards our heart, demonstrates the binding of our thoughts and emotions with Hashem and Torah

    • https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1918251/jewish/What-Are-Tefillin.htm

  • Tzedakah

    • Tzedakah is often mistakenly translated as “charity”, Tzedakah literally means to do the “right” thing. Everything that we have in our lives are direct blessings from Hashem, and ultimately belong to Hashem. Tzedakah is our way of using the gifts that Hashem gave us in the way that He wants them to be used - the right way. When we give Tzedakah our entire bodies are affected and made holy by the mitzvah, since earning money involves a person’s investment of their whole body. A great way to remind ourselves to fulfill this mitzvah is by making sure to have Tzedakah boxes in our homes, offices, and even bedrooms! And don’t forget - consistency is key! Instead of giving one lump sum at the end of the year, give a little bit every day to train yourself to be in tune with those who have less.
      https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/814118/jewish/Tzedakah:-Charity.htm

  • A home filled with Jewish books

    • Furnish your home with as many holy books as possible. 3 important books to get a hold of are a Chumash (Bible), Tehillim (Psalms) and a Siddur (prayer book).The interior design of our homes can be made more beautiful with shelves lined with books of Torah, and design of a home tells about the entire home - like a container can tell something about it’s contents.  
      https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/607770/jewish/House-Full-of-Books.htm

  • Torah study

    • Study a portion of Torah daily. It’s our way to connect with Hashem’s infinite wisdom. When we learn Torah, we are aligning our thoughts with Hashem’s “thoughts”. The words of the Torah serve as a protection and a powerful tool to make the world a holier place. We even have the opportunity to physically be a part of the holy Torah by purchasing ownership of one of the thousands of letters that make up the Torah. By doing that we are connecting with all the other people who partook in the purchase of a letter in the Torah.https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/697324/jewish/Torah-Study.htm

    • Family purity

    • For a happy, healthy and united family parents observe the mitzvah of family purity. Positive and proper interactions between parents increase the overall light and peace in the home. By making your family a holy part of the world, the entire world becomes a holier place.

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    Shabbat candles
    • On Friday afternoon, women and girls aged 3 and up have the special mitzvah to light candles in honor of Shabbat. 18 minutes before sunset is the time to light them. Every person is like a candle, and inside each one of us is a flame. When there is darkness, our flame must be activated to brighten up the situation because the best response to darkness is light. Each week, we have an opportunity to literally bring more light into our homes, through lighting a Shabbat candle. The light and peace that is brought into the home through the candle is a perfect welcome for Shabbat - the highest peak of the week. 

    • https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/87131/jewish/How-to-Light-Shabbat-Candles.htm

  • Mezuzah

    • The Mezuzah is a piece of parchment with the Shema prayer written on it. The parchment is rolled up into a scroll and placed inside a special case. It’s a mitzvah for every Jewish hom to hang a Mezuzah on its doorposts. The Mezuzah is a sign that this is a Jewish home and reminds those who live there of their connection to Hashem. It is also a symbol of G‑d's watchful care and protection over the home. The Mezuzah makes a unique statement that Hashem is constantly part of every aspect of our lives, and in every place. We place the Mezuzah  in a slanted position on the doorpost demonstrating that both inside and outside our home, we are carrying our Jewish identity with pride!

      https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/278476/jewish/Mezuzah.htm
  • Ahavat yisrael

    • “Loving your fellow as yourself, is a fundamental principle of Torah” said the great Jewish sage, Rabbi Akiva. Reaching out to your fellow Jew with patience, love, concern and unity is among the greatest mitzvot a Jewish person can do. Every Jew has a soul, a part of G‑d inside that connects us to each other, and therefore we are only complete ourselves when we are completely at peace with others. Harmony amongst every single Jew is needed for the success of the Jewish nation.

    • https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/696977/jewish/Love-Your-Fellow.htm

  • Jewish education

    • Every Jewish boy and girl should receive a Jewish education. The strongest trees are the ones with the deepest roots. A child receives his strong “roots” when they learn about what it means to be a Jew, and the younger the learning starts, the stronger these roots are. Children also have a special power, faith and connection to Hashem that adults do not have. When Hashem wanted guarantors for the Torah, the only guarantors He accepted were the Jewish children. Every Jewish child has a right to learn about their rich heritage, and we all have the obligation to help teach those who are not yet learning about Torah and mitzvot. 

    • https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1230127/jewish/Jewish-Education-101.htm

  • kosher

    • Kosher literally means “fit”. To live a fully “fit” Jewish life, eat kosher foods. The food we eat becomes a part of us and affects both our body & soul. Kosher includes which animals can be consumed, how food is prepared, and even how and when it is served.

  • The 7 Noahide laws

  • Thanks to our police….heros...

 

PARADE ROUTE

MEET 4:45 pm at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall...
In the parking area between Macy & Buy Buy Baby

PARADE ROUTE
From Mall straight to Mineral Springs Dr
RIGHT onto Fleetwood Dr
RIGHT onto Mt Hope Rd
LEFT onto Seminole Ave
LEFT onto White Meadow Ave
RIGHT onto Mountain Ave
RIGHT onto Kaw Ave
RIGHT onto Oakland Ave
Becomes Omaha Ave
LEFT onto Ellen Dr
LEFT onto Wichita Ave
RIGHT onto Oakland Ave
LEFT onto Pawnee Ave
LEFT onto Upper Mountain Ave
Becomes Hibernia Rd
RIGHT onto Lake Shore Dr
RIGHT to stay on Lake Shore Dr
RIGHT onto W Lake Shore Dr
Becomes White Meadow Rd
LEFT onto Upper Mountain Ave
RIGHT onto Pawnee Ave
 
FINISH AT 65 Pawnee Ave.

 

BY ORDER OF THE STATE OF NJ AND OUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT…
PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR AT ANY TIME DURING THE PARADE

 

Also please note that when we get to the Chabad Educational Center, if you are getting Hot Dogs (advanced order required), please stay in your car and they will be brought to your car.
The Chabad Educational Center will be locked.