Redbridge comes together to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut

18 Apr 2019

Over 300 people of all ages got together on Thursday 18 April to enjoy a fantastic evening of celebration for Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s 71th birthday, at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara joined in on the celebrations.

Children took part in Israeli themed arts and crafts organised by the Centre’s  teenage MIKE volunteers before the youngsters took to the stage to entertain the guests with performances including Israeli dancing and choir performances from children at Clore Tikva Primary School, Wohl IJPS and readings from KS pupils. The evening was hosted by Adam Pereira and Jasmine Spurling, participants of the  MIKE (which stands for Motivation, Innovation, Knowledge and Education) Leadership programme and members of the youth staff at Redbridge JCC. Those of all ages closed the evening by joining in dancing to music played by Yair Schleider and his Band.

Israeli Shaliach, Oded Gvaram said, “I am always happy to see the love for Israel anywhere I go in the community. I would like to thank everyone on the Israel committee for supporting me, and my wonderful colleagues here at Redbridge JCC and Jewish Care as well as those who volunteered at this event and to all who supported it throughout the year. You are the reason that we have so many fantastic events like this.”

Graham Freeman, Centre Manager, “We are grateful that the Mayor of Redbridge, was able to be join us and we are delighted to have all three local Jewish schools take part in the entertainment for the evening. It’s great to see everyone from the very youngest members of our parent and toddler groups to children who attend our after school clubs and holiday schemes run by our MIKE leaders, together with the oldest community centre members,all get together to enjoy celebrating Yom Haatzmaut at RJCC together. It’s what community is all about.”