Great Scots: We are up for a party

Glasgow's celebration was kicked off by a blast from the shofar from Rabbi Danny Bergson, whose musical skills saved the day last year when the volcanic ash cloud prevented the scheduled Israeli performers from travelling.

There were no such problems this time as Arba Orachim sang a selection of old favourites for the crowd of 300 at Glasgow Maccabi. The group also led an enthusiastic dance session.

All smiles for all ages at Glasgow Maccabi as the community turns up in numbers  to celebrate Israel Independence Day

All smiles for all ages at Glasgow Maccabi as the community turns up in numbers to celebrate Israel Independence Day

Maccabi organised the event along with Glasgow Zionist Federation, UJIA and JNF-KKL Scotland.

An Israeli buffet tempted the tastebuds of party-goers and cupcake decoration and face painting was arranged for the children. A Dead Sea holiday was the top prize in the raffle, won by Ruth Grace.

"The young children especially were having a great time and it was also lovely to see the parents and grown-ups enjoying the band and Israeli dancing," said UJIA Scottish programmes director Joanna Hyman.

"A good evening was had by everyone at the event, including all our volunteers."

    Last updated: 9:34am, May 13 2011