Israel is looking very fine at 69!

  • Three generations celebrate together Erryn Hermelin Marge Shantall and Joelene Hermelin
The Durban Jewish community celebrated the 69th birthday of the State of Israel on Monday evening in a festive atmosphere and with delicious food. A crowd of about 230 gathered at the Durban Jewish Centre main hall, which was decorated with white draping, blue lighting and with Israeli flags adorning every wall.
by MICHELLE CAMPBELL | May 04, 2017

Grant Maserow, past director of the KwaZulu-Natal Zionist Council, welcomed everyone to the event and KNZC Chairman Prof Antony Arkin, followed with a short address.

Falafel, hot dogs, boerewors rolls, beef burgers and hot chips were devoured in vast quantities, followed by ice lollies and fruit salad, while Israeli music added to the party atmosphere.

A photo booth again proved to be a tremendous attraction, generating a long queue wanting to take home photographs of themselves wearing appropriately festive blue and white props. 

Much fun was had by the young ones on the jumping castles and many a little one went home absolutely exhausted. 

Face painters and balloon artists kept the kids busy in the minor hall, giving the parents time to schmooze in peace and quiet. 

The teenagers enjoyed the fooseball and pool tables and an added attraction this year was the “Israel Mini Cinema” which looped a one hour collection of short videos, all about Israel.


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