Yom Ha’atzmaut – 1 May 2017

The SAZF has always done an amazing job of providing our community with a fun way for the whole family to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut. 

Events were hosted across the country in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, each unique but all creating a platform for our community to show their love and support for the miracle that is Israel.

In JHB, as the gates opened at 17.00 on Monday 1st of May, the crowds at Huddle Park in Linksfield arrived in large numbers, ready to enjoy what promised to be a very exciting “party in the park” celebrating the 69years of Independence. 

It was a fun family affair with activities provided for kids across all ages to keep them entertained. A kiddies’ carnival area, adventure rides, great food and of course the amazing concert performed by Israeli soloist Hananel Edri which added to the incredible vibe. 

Brimming with all sorts of wonderful things, the shuk provided the shopaholics with plenty of retail therapy. From delicious sweet treats, novelty toys and children’s items to beautifully beaded pieces, an array of jewelry and other crafted goods on sale. 

Hananel Edri and the Johnny Sklar Band got the crowd going with an awesome line up of contemporary and traditional Israeli songs. The highlight of his performance was the exclusive debut of his first ever self-written song “I live to love”. To end off an incredible show the King David Linskfield flag dancers wowed the audience with their performance. The party continued with DJ Ronen pumping out the hits. 

Sadly the evening drew to a close, but before the fun ended, the lucky raffle winner was announced. Karen Camberg won 2 return tickets to Israel, to spend a weekend in Jerusalem, courtesy of El Al. 

In Cape Town, their Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration took place at the Baxter Theatre, where the audience was entertained by the legendary Israeli drum and dance sensation, The Tararam Group. The show also featured Caely Levy & Yid Dish, as well as Ivor Joffe & the Herzlia Vocal Ensemble.  

Durban also had a fantastic carnival at the Durban Jewish Centre. The kiddies’ rides, photo booth and food stalls kept the kids amused and the adults entertained. There was also a mini cinema, which showcased Israeli video clips, which proved to be a big hit. 

It is easy to say that this years Yom Ha’atzmaut was a highly successful and a hugely enjoyable event for all those whom attended. We look forward to the big Seven-Oh next year!
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