Party plans on ice as young­sters are the fo­cus in Manch­ester

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY JONATHAN KAL­MUS

CHIL­DREN AND Jewish unity were at the heart of Manch­ester’s Is­rael at 60 cel­e­bra­tions, which saw a 1,200-strong crowd fill the Sheri­dan Suite in the north-west of the city last Thurs­day.

For the kids, there was in­door ice skat­ing, gi­ant in­flat­able as­sault cour­ses and interactive stalls, with around 150 vol­un­teers from com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and youth move­ments help­ing them to get the most from their day. For the rest, Is­raeli band Kol Chai and singer Danny Berg­son played Is­raeli and Jewish mu­sic through­out the evening and there were sep­a­rate danc­ing ar­eas for men and women.

Daliah Bean from White­field was among sat­is­fied cus­tomers, telling the JC: “My kids are lov­ing it. It’s an ex­ten­sion to our Pe­sach hol­i­day we’ve just spent in Is­rael.”

Chea­dle doc­tor Jonathan Tuck said: “There’s a nice at­mos­phere and the event is good for sol­i­dar­ity.”

Orig­i­nally from Is­rael and mother of five-year-old twins Adi and Shani, Liat Karni was one of a large con­tin­gent from South Manch­ester. “Be­ing away from Is­rael, I’m re­ally pleased there is a cel­e­bra­tion like this here,” she said.

The party was funded by com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions un­der the um­brella of the Cen­tral Zion­ist Coun­cil, whose pres­i­dent, David Berkley, was de­lighted at the turnout. “Fam­i­lies are en­joy­ing them­selves and all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity are fly­ing the flag. Zion­ism is alive and well in Manch­ester.”

Or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee chair Lu­cille Co­hen said it had been im­por­tant to cater for chil­dren.

PHOTO: LAWRENCE PUR­CELL

Joshua Lester and Ben Green get their skates on at the party

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