A sell-out 300-plus crowd was in a party mood at Jewish Care's Sinclair House on Wednesday evening as the Redbridge community marked Israel’s 60th birthday.
Organised by community shlicha Revital Shloman, the programme featured Israeli dance group Givataim. There was also a strong youthful local involvement with musical interludes from pupils of the Clore Tikva and Ilford Jewish primaries. Accounts of experiences in Israel were relayed from Ilford students on a gap year.
Ilford North Conservative MP Lee Scott provoked rapturous cheers from the majority of the audience as he read out a message from Boris Johnson declaring: “I an delighted that one of my first acts as Mayor of London is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of Israel.” Equally well received was Mr Scott’s observation that “tonight is a great celebration in one of the best Jewish communities outside Israel and we should all be very proud.”
Appetites whetted, guests besieged the food stalls for some felafel and pitta. Among the presenters was King Solomon High sixth-former Liam Stein, who told the JC: “Tonight has been planned really well — everyone has worked very hard.” Another King Solomon student, Daniel Jacobs, 12, said he had been impressed by the humour of Mr Scott in his speech. Matthew Niman, also 12, commented: “It’s a really fantastic evening and I really enjoyed the dancing from Givataim.”