photos: Baruch Ezagui

It seems like it cannot be chol hamoed Pesach in SoCal without a trip to Legoland California.

Over 1200 Jewish men, women and children spent a full day in the theme park and miniature park in Carlsbad, based around the Lego toy brand, last week.

The joint family trip was once again arranged by the Young Chevra of Southern California, an association of 15 Chabad shuls and communities in the area, with each represented by a member on the board.

Board members of Young Chevra spent countless hours coordinating all the details to accommodate such a large crowd – some of which have traveled from nearby areas and even states.

The board members are Dovie & Yudi BlaunerMichoel & Ettil BloomTzvika & Rivkale FersztYitzy & Yehudis Geisinsky,Ari & Mirale GoldmanJonathan & Faygie HerzogLevy & Malky LiebermanDovid & Sara MorrisNuchie & Chavie SchapiroMendel & Esther Schwartz and Berele & Racheli Wilhelm.

In sunny weather, the families enjoyed the many fun rides, shows and exhibits such as the mini steel roller coaster and the Lego Factory, Miniland USA, Imagination Zone and Castle Hill medieval themed area.

A little before 2 PM, some 350 people filled Legoland’s Playtown Theater for a Pesach themed show and Tzivos Hashem Rally hosted by Rabbi Mendel Duchman of the Kol Yaakov Yehuda junior minyan in Los Angeles.

The children sang, danced, said the 12 Pesukim and participated in a grand raffle. As one participant stated, “it was a real moment of Jewish pride.”

For the Young Chevra, founded to promote achdus between young Chabad communities, it was another achievement that gave families a memorable time and created a Kiddush Hashem.

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