Youth­ful slant to Il­ford party

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY CRAIG SIL­VER RED­BRIDGE

A SELL-OUT 300-plus crowd was in a party mood at Jewish Care's Sin­clair House on Wed­nes­day evening as the Red­bridge com­mu­nity marked Is­rael’s 60th birth­day.

Or­gan­ised by com­mu­nity shlicha Re­vi­tal Shlo­man, the pro­gramme fea­tured Is­raeli dance group Gi­vataim. There was also a strong youth­ful lo­cal in­volve­ment with mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes from pupils of the Clore Tikva and Il­ford Jewish pri­maries.

Ac­counts of ex­pe­ri­ences in Is­rael were re­layed from Il­ford stu­dents on a gap year.

Il­ford North Con­ser­va­tive MP Lee Scott pro­voked rap­tur­ous cheers from the ma­jor­ity of the au­di­ence as he read out a mes­sage from Boris John­son declar­ing: “I an de­lighted that one of my first acts as Mayor of Lon­don is to cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­sary of the cre­ation of Is­rael.” Equally well re­ceived was Mr Scott’s ob­ser­va­tion that “tonight is a great cel­e­bra­tion in one of the best Jewish com­mu­ni­ties out­side Is­rael and we should all be very proud.”

Ap­petites whet­ted, guests be­sieged the food stalls for some fe­lafel and pitta.

Among the pre­sen­ters was King Solomon High sixth-for­mer Liam Stein, who told the JC: “Tonight has been planned re­ally well — ev­ery­one has worked very hard.”

An­other King Solomon stu­dent, Daniel Ja­cobs, 12, said he had been im­pressed by the hu­mour of Mr Scott in his speech.

Matthew Ni­man, also 12, com­mented: “It’s a re­ally fan­tas­tic evening and I re­ally en­joyed the danc­ing from Gi­vataim.”

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

Red­bridge shlicha Re­vi­tal Shlo­man with Il­ford Jewish Pri­mary pupils

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