General Chaim Mentz to Join Rabbi Mayer Greene as Co-MC's for Lag B'Omer Parade
With Lag B'Omer less than a week away, Mosdos around the world are in overdrive; floats are being built, marching bands are conducting daily rehearsals, rentals orders are being reviewed, rides and booths finalized and the day's program is being set in stone... Only to be edited, due to another feat ‘pulled off’ as an exciting addition to the Event.
For those old enough to remember the Lag B'Omer Parades - and any Tzivos Hashem Rallies (for that matter) in Los Angeles over 15 years ago, one name comes to mind; one that brings bright smiles and great memories: General Chaim.
Rabbi Chaim Mentz, Shliach of the Rebbe to Bel Air, California, was director of Tzivos Hashem on the West Coast in his first years as a Shliach in LA., and directed Tzivos Hashem Clubs & Rallies throughout the Southern California area.
And run it he did!
With his trademark smile, positive energy and contagious enthusiasm, General Chaim rallied and lead hundreds of Jewish children from all walks of life & backgrounds. To this day people talk about the rallies held at Pan Pacific park where an average rally would boast over 1,000 children, from all of the local Jewish schools including Hillel, Yavneh, Sephardic, Emek, and the Chabad schools.
Last year, the next generation of children was in for a treat: Rabbi Mentz joined last year's Lag B'Omer Parade in LA, making an encore appearance as the program's MC together with Mendy Pellin. He was in true form; and it brought back fabulous memories.
"I remember going to rallies with 'General Chaim,'" said one attendee at the 2010 Lag B’Omer Parade. “Rabbi Mentz's enthusiasm was the highlight of the entire show. We missed having him MC the Parades. But he’s back!”
Well, the organizers of this year's Lag B'Omer parade have just brought us the exciting news that Rabbi Mentz will once again grace the stage at the Lag B’Omer Parade on May 22nd, as he Co-Hosts the parade's procession with Rabbi Mayer Greene.
Rabbi Mayer Greene is “not a stranger” to anyone involved in youth education, programs, activities and events. From running one of the largest - and most successful – Gan Israel Day Camps in Southern California and the world, to producing the annual Chabad Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Universal City Walk, Rabbi Greene was the natural choice.
Rabbi Greene's history with Youth events goes back to the 1980’s where he organized and emceed Tzivos Hashem Rallies in New York, including one in 1986 which featured Chaim Fogelman, the headliner for this year's Parade.
As Yout Director, Pre School Director, and Talmud Torah Director for Chabad of the Valley in Tarzana, Ca, Rabbi Greene has become an indispensable resource to many Chabad Mosdos. He has headed Inter-Camp Day, children’s Concerts, Lag B’Omer Parades, Street Festivals that featured Uncle Moishe, and Israeli Solidarity rallies in support for our Holy land.
The talented team of Rabbi Mentz and Rabbi Greene takes this year’s Parade up a notch and it now becomes a full-fledged Production!
Add Rabbi Mendel Duchman, the talented, enthusiastic and gifted Director of “Kol Yaakov Yehuda” Children’s Minyan for the community children, who, as previously reported, will be leading the day's rally with the 12 Pesukim - the excitement in store for this year’s event is up to the imagination!
Well, BEZ"H in just under a week, all event secrets will be shared with the participants – so one and all – join us at the corner of Pico Blvd. and Wetherly Drive. See you at the Parade!