Wednesday night’s Yom Hazikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut event in a flag bedecked Northwood shul hall was organised and put on in only three days after original plans had to be changed at the very last minute.
But nevertheless all who came along agreed that the production arranged by Northwood shul turned out to be a huge success.
After short introductory speech from Alan Taylor the Chairman of Northwood shul and organiser of the event, the mood was brought into focus by the showing of ‘no punches pulled’ video clips of IDF men and women in action. Stark visual content sharply reminded everybody of the solemn reason for this first part of the ‘get together’. Then followed a very personal message ‘from the heart’ by Rabbi Moshe Freedman (who denied working for the Aliyah department) but reminded us all that Israel is our country and where all Jews ought to be living. Rabbi Freedman made a memorial prayer for the fallen soldiers of the IDF. Marsha Schulz recited Nathan Alterman’s well-known poem ‘Silver Platter’ and Tony Robinson accompanied by Rabbi Danny Bergson played ‘Sharm el Sheik’ to the tune of Adon Olam: a favourite of the IDF in the desert campaign.
Masses of Israeli style food was consumed- thanks to K Grill and Marsha and Martin Schultz’s stellar efforts to make sure that no-one was going to leave hungry.
The second part of the evening, a celebration of Israel’s Independence brought out the musical talents of Tony Robinson and the Northwood Purim Schpeilers (aka Andrew Kelion, David Cohen, Ann Robinson and Judy Moss) all ably assisted by Rabbi Danny Bergson of Pinner. This formidable set of performers, along with the whole song sheet clutching audience rousingly sang their way through a whole program of Israeli songs set to well known tunes. All in all the evening had a great atmosphere and fun and some £350 was raised to send to IDF charity causes.
But all good things come to an end, as did this impromptu event. It was truly in the values of ‘good old fashioned’ style community get together. Many people pitched in with willing effort to help make this a memorable remembrance followed by celebration- and it was much enjoyed by all.
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