Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop is an unaffiliated
Jewish congregation, whose services and practices nominally follow the Conservative tradition. We provide
a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for our congregants and visitors. The Congregation is committed to
preserving Jewish values and traditions.
The Temple is located just north of Boston and is adjacent to East Boston,
Logan Airport, Revere, and Chelsea. Winthrop has a population of approximately 20,000, is largely
residential and is a peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean to the East and Boston Harbor to the West.
Public transportation provides convenient low cost access to Boston,
while road access to Boston, points west and south is provided by 3 tunnels below Boston Harbor.
Points north of Boston, including New Hampshire and Maine, are easily reached by highways adjacent to Winthrop.
PRESIDENT: Sandra (Goldstein) Pellegrino
VICE PRESIDENTS: Dana Stone, Steven Miller
TREASURER: Dana Stone
Lag B'Omer 2017
Lag B'Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer,
which occurs on the 18th of Iyar. One reason given for the holiday is that it is the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon
bar Yochai, great sage and mystic and author of the Zohar. Modern Jewish tradition links the holiday to the
Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Roman Empire (132-135 CE). It also commemorates another event. In the weeks
between Passover and Shavuot, a plague raged amongst the disciples of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. On
Lag BaOmer the dying ceased.
This year, Lag B'Omer begins at sundown on Saturday, 13 May 2017 and continues
through Sunday, 14 May 2017.
In Israel, Lag B'Omer is celebrated as a symbol for the fighting
Jewish spirit. It is also traditional in Israel to light bonfires on Lag B'Omer eve. These commemorate the
immense light that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai introduced into the world via his mystical teachings. By far, the
largest Lag BaOmer celebration takes place in and around Rabbi Shimon’s tomb, located in the northern Israeli
village of Meron. Hundreds of thousands attend the festivities, and the round-the-clock celebration, singing
and dancing are unparalleled.
Another Israeli custom on Lag B'Omer is for children to go out into the fields
and play with imitation bows and arrows. This commemorates the midrashic tradition that no rainbow was seen
during Rabbi Shimon’s lifetime. Rainbows first appeared after Noah’s flood, when G-d promised to never again
devastate the world. When the world is deserving of punishment, G-d sends a rainbow instead. Rabbi Shimon’s
merit protected the world, rendering the rainbow superfluous.