18=Chai=18th Iyar=18 minute program=18,000 viewers=Lag B’Omer

May 7, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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In a world first, Melbourne’s Rabbi Moshe Kahn is hoping to attract 18,000 viewers on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar at 18 o’clock (6:00pm)  to join a high-impact 18-minute program for Lag B’Omer.

Traditionally marked in Australia and New Zealand with large parades in each individual state, this year Lag B’Omer will take on a new meaning with one massive online event bringing together Jews from across the country.
Event coordinator Rabbi Moshe Kahn said the event was set to be “spectacular”. The event is being hosted by rabbis across Australia and New Zealand.
“Over 100 Jewish organisations across Australia are working together on a spectacular, professionally run program to be broadcast live including high profile Australian and international speakers and singers,” said Rabbi Kahn.
He added: “This pandemic has distanced us physically but nothing can distance us spiritually. We encourage every Jewish household across the country to join us online for the biggest celebration of Jewish pride our nation has ever seen.”
Sydney’s Rabbi Dov Slavin said: “Lag B’Omer is about Jewish unity. Let’s make this Lag Boomer the most unifying one in Australian Jewish history!”
Well-known participants in the 18-minute program are Sir Frank Lowy, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, chef Alice Zaslavsky, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi Efraim Mirvis [UK and Commonwealth], Rabbi Warren Goldstein [South Africa] and Israel’s Ashkenazy Chief Rabbi Lau.
The online program will feature international speakers and singers celebrating Jewish pride.
To participate. join the program at 18for18.com.au or to get a notification on Facebook visit bit.ly/18for18live.

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