Harold House celebrates Independence Day
Moving time: Newcastle community members take to the dancefloor at the party held by the Representative Council of North East Jewry. The 120 participants ranged in age from two months to 93-years-old
A chocolate fountain was a sweet incentive to the 200 guests at Merseyside's Independence Day party at Harold House.
Assistant centre manager and event compere Adam Cailler said the response from locals justified the three months of planning. "Tonight's turnout goes to show that not only is Liverpool's Jewish community very much alive - it's thriving."
At the Southend and Westcliff event, £1,000 was raised for Israeli war disabled, including the proceeds from a raffle. Guests enjoyed falafel and a concert by Jewish community members.
Bournemouth's Menorah Suite was bedecked in blue and white for an Israeli-style supper organised by the Orthodox congregation followed by a documentary on Israel. Also in the town, Bournemouth Reform held a festive meal, plus Israeli song and dance.
Over 50 people attended Reading Hebrew Congregation's programme, including a poem recited in Hebrew and English by Nurit and Tal Kalati. Reading Wizo provided the Israeli buffet. Kosher hot dogs were on the menu at the Portsmouth and Southsea celebration, where JNF's Simon Biton gave a talk on the development of the Negev.
Cardiff's Independence Day party attracted a 100-strong crowd and featured Israeli dancing and the orchestral talents of the community's children. Guest of honour was Michael Brodsky, the Israel Embassy's new director of public affairs and the event was chaired by Israel's honorary consul for Wales, Philip Kaye.