There is no cause for concern, however, as the event will take place in a controlled environment, under the supervision of a rabbi and all in the name of love.
The annual White Party for Young Jewish Professionals will celebrate the Jewish holiday of love, Tu B’Av, on Thursday, July 22, at Houston Ax Throwing in Bellaire.
“We love to organize creative events throughout the year, and it’s a great way for the young people in our community to mingle, meet and build a community,” said the YJP Co-Director. , Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, at JHV.
“Ax throwing is a bit new and on-trend, so we thought it would be a great way to celebrate on Tu B’Av. This lends itself greatly to the concept of trying to figure out what you are looking for in love and reaching your target.
The White Party is one of five big events that YJP hosts each year for young professionals in their 20s and 30s. Regular programming includes monthly Shabbat dinners, weekly classes, and one-on-one learning and counseling for those wishing to explore their Judaism.
Big events are built around the holidays. Tu B’Av, the Jewish day of love, falls on the 15th day of Av. Traditionally, this is the day when singles, who couldn’t find love, found their bashert. Individuals would dress in white, so that others would not judge the way they are dressed.
The Tu B’Av event isn’t just for singles, however, as the holidays are also a great time for couples to celebrate their love.
“Marriage is two halves of the same soul coming together,” YJP co-director Chanie Lazaroff told JHV.
“Marriage is about constant work and recognizing love, and we should always invest in our marriage in a spiritual way. A vacation that represents this is very exciting for us.
Ironically, Tu B’Av is also known for the celebration of axes. During the Temple period, Jews fell trees all summer to obtain wood for the winter.
At the end of the summer, the Jews would have a party where they would get together and smash the axes because they were chopping enough wood for the Temple.
In Houston, they won’t break axes to celebrate, but there will be plenty of axes thrown at targets.
“Ax throwing was one of the things people did in small groups when people came out of isolation; it has become popular in the circles we serve, ”said Rabbi Lazaroff.
“There will be a friendly competition and the team that wins the most will win a medal. It will be a good time.
“Overall, I hope people come away with a connection to our community and a focus on what true love means and understanding the difference between lust, romance and love.”
It’s even possible that someone will meet their future partner with both love and axes in the air.
“We have met many people at different Chabad events, and it gives us great pleasure to be able to facilitate that and to know that they are building the future of the Jewish community,” Chanie said.
As to whether or not she’ll throw an ax on July 22, Chanie didn’t hesitate.
“Absolutely, I don’t want to miss this. I hope to hit the target – definitely. It should be a good time for everyone.