Yom Ha'atzmaut promises to be spectacular

The SA Zionist Fed will be celebrating Israel’s 66th anniversary in style, once again, writes BEV GOLDMAN – with the traditional kids’ day at Gold Reef City but with a new twist to the concert aspect – where the event will be a luxurious dinner and cabaret with top Israeli entertainers. Seats are limited, though, so book early…
by BEV GOLDMAN | Mar 26, 2014

This year the SA Zionist Federation will be celebrating Israel’s 66th anniversary, as it has done every year since its inception, in such a way as to appeal to the very widest possible number of community and other members, giving them a taste of the country’s history, culture and benefit to the world.

On Monday night 5th May, we will be holding a unique event for adults – a “Toast to Israel”, a celebratory and delicious dinner during which we will raise our glasses and toast this amazing, innovative and inspirational little country. 

Hananel Edri, one of Israel’s best known and most sophisticated singers and entertainers, who has featured many times in our previous concerts, is being brought back by popular demand.  Together with a live band, he will be the catalyst for getting the audience into the right spirit of the celebration, singing well-known and much-loved songs about Israel with mass audience participation. 

In addition to Hananel, we are presenting for the first time on the SA stage the hilarious rabbi-turned-comedian David Kilimnick, dubbed Israel’s “father of Anglo comedy” by the Jerusalem Post, who is leading the new pack of stand-up comics in Israel. At his Off The Wall Comedy Basement in Jerusalem (the first of its kind), Kilimnick has been offering up penetrating observations of life in his turbulent adopted country. Tourists and native Israelis alike have been flocking to his cosy, intimate club and raving about his unique ability to transform the daily chaos and aggravation of Israeli life into an evening full of laughter.  His humour is universal and he takes his audience on a “tour of funny” through the Holy Land.  And what better tonic for us all than that!

That same night THE party to end all parties will be hosted by the SAZF, for young adults aged 18 to 35.  This is going to be the rave of the year, and those who miss it will regret having done so for a very long time!

On Tuesday 6th May, again back by popular demand, we are hosting a day of great excitement for the younger members of our community, at Gold Reef City.  Rides galore; food stores galore; Israeli music; entertainers; and infectious enthusiasm which will enable all the young participants to celebrate with Israel and share in the joy of her anniversary.

Taking the focus off the enormous problems Israel is facing with the growing BDS campaign, the nuclear threats emanating from Iran, and the stalled peace process, will allow the SAZF the chance to offer the community a real “taste of Israel”.  Nationally the media is saturated with anti-Israel venom and invective, not helped by the recent Israel Apartheid Week exhibitions on campuses around the country; but celebrations such as these, which will show a very different and fascinating canvas of the country, will help enormously to change perceptions of community members and assure them that despite the antagonism and abuse that seem to colour all media coverage of Israel, the other side, Israel beyond the conflict, shows a country that has become an international icon of development, achievement and unequalled success. 

For further information and to book seats, please contact [email protected] or call 011 645 2510.
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