Yom Ha’Atzmaut – 25 April 2012

Every year the anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel is enthusiastically celebrated by the members of the BHC and the local community, this year was no exception. The Menorah Suite was packed with more than 150 people from Bournemouth’s Jewish community, as they came together to celebrate the occasion and enjoy the wonderful Israeli food catered by the local kosher restaurant Falafel.

The evening started with some interesting audio-visual presentations prepared by Stephen White. After the meal the ladies of the Israeli Dancing class performed, which was followed by Lawrence Cohen entertaining everyone with his singing of traditional Hebrew songs, ending with the singing of the Hatikvah.

The raffle prize was a large bowl made and donated by the local potter Rosemary James. The prize was won by Marilyn Dexter.

It was a very enjoyable evening which raised £815 for the Israeli Paralympic team. Our thanks go to Audrey and Alan Kneller, Ruth and Louis Markham and Jonathan Kay for organising this event.The whole Bournemouth Jewish Community look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries of Israel’s Day of Independence.

Photos courtesy of Nigel Blumenthal

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