Demo in Dublin, VIP guest in Wales

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - JC RE­PORTERS

IRE­LAND’S IS­RAELI AM­BAS­SADOR Zion Evrony told the 150 guests at a cel­e­bra­tory re­cep­tion in Dublin that de­spite Is­rael’s im­pres­sive achieve­ments, what it wanted most was peace with its neigh­bours. How­ever, the dif­fi­cul­ties en­tailed were il­lus­trated by a group of Pales­tinian sup­port­ers who heck­led par­tic­i­pants as they ar­rived at the venue.

Welsh First Min­is­ter Rho­dri Morgan was among the 350 guests at the Is­rael 60 cel­e­bra­tions at Cardiff’s City Hall. The event in­cor­po­rated a me­mo­rial to Cardiff Syn­a­gogue mem­ber and ded­i­cated Zion­ist Roger Har­ris, who died in Au­gust.

New­cas­tle’s Yom Atz­maut party had a sport­ing flavour, be­ing staged in a mar­quee at South Northum­ber­land Cricket Club. The 220 crowd heard a mes­sage from the Mayor of Haifa, which is twinned with New­cas­tle, and there was mu­sic from the Yid­dish Song Project.

In Bris­tol, a com­mu­nity party brought to­gether the city’s Ortho­dox and Pro­gres­sive syn­a­gogues, Wizo, Bris­tol Univer­sity stu­dents and a num­ber of Is­raelis liv­ing lo­cally. The 100-plus gath­er­ing was fed by two Jewish-owned cater­ing firms and the mu­sic was klezmer. Over £500 was raised for Wizo youth projects.

More than 300 peo­ple joined Birm­ing­ham’s cel­e­bra­tions, which in­cluded danc­ing, a quiz and in­for­ma­tion stalls. Pupils from the King David School led guests on a “tour” of the won­ders of Is­rael. JLGB, Bnei Akiva and FZY mem­bers also con­trib­uted to the en­ter­tain­ment.

Southend’s fes­tiv­i­ties at the An­nie My­ers Hall raised £1,750 for Is­raeli war dis­abled and a spe­cial kid­dush was catered on Shab­bat by the Southend and West­cliff He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion ladies’ guild.

An Is­rael at 60 ban­quet was held for 130 at Not­ting­ham’s Coun­cil House un­der the aus­pices of the East Mid­lands Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil. Rem­i­nis­cences were shared by peo­ple with first-hand knowl­edge of Is­rael.

Wizo mem­bers pro­vided an Is­raeli buf­fet for the party at Read­ing’s Gol­lancz Hall, where num­bers were swelled by mem­bers of the Jewish so­ci­ety at Read­ing Univer­sity.

Kuzna Jack­son was the star of the Har­low com­mu­nity fes­tiv­i­ties, pre­par­ing a three-course feast for guests at the syn­a­gogue, which was dec­o­rated with Is­raeli flags. Hast­ings and Dis­trict Jewish So­ci­ety’s birth­day party was part of its monthly Fri­day night ser­vice. The Portsmouth and South­sea He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion cel­e­bra­tion in­cluded the screen­ing of the Kirk Douglas movie, Cast A Gi­ant Shadow, a bio-pic of an Amer­i­can sol­dier who aided Is­rael’s fight for state­hood.

Singer and co­me­dian David Apfel en­ter­tained the 70 guests at the Sh­effield Yom Atz­maut party. Ox­ford-born TV pro­ducer Dan Pat­ter­son led a sin­ga­long of Is­raeli folk favourites at the cel­e­bra­tion hosted by Ox­ford Wizo. Other mu­si­cal and comedic con­tri­bu­tions were pro­vided by the Ox­fordShir choir, Gi­don and Tal Fine­man, Re­nee Aron­son and Lizzie Maisels.

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