Winnipeg Jewish Review  
Site Search:
Home  |  Archives  |  Contact Us
Features Local Israel Next Generation Arts/Op-Eds Editorial/Letters Links Obituary/In Memoriam


Yom Ha’atzmaut Co-ordinated by Rady JCC Was Great Fun- Many New Immigrants Present

by Channah Greenfield, May 14, 2014

Winnipeg's Jewish community has always strived to host very inclusive and child-friendly events which strengthen the connection of young people to our community. This year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration to mark Israel's 66th birthday was a perfect example of a child-friendly event that was also fun for all ages,  including teenagers and adults. The event was held at the Rady Jewish Community Centre on Tuesday, May 6th and lasted from 4:00 pm almost non-stop until 10:00 pm. The activities ranged from games and photo booths to dancing and fireworks.

The event began with a variety of booths for kids in the gymnasium , all of which had some sort of Israeli theme. There was an Israeli Pop Star themed booth in which there were teen volunteers playing music, and there was a Scientists of Israel booth where the kids could try out different scientific experiments. There was also an Israeli Art Station where children could paint and decorate their own tiles at a “Kotel” for them to visit.

As well, there were different games where the children could earn Israeli  shekels from playing. They could then go to the makeshift Shuk (market) booth where they could use their hard-earned shekels to buy different toys. In additio to the Israeli themed booths there was also a glitter-tattoo booth, an airbrush hat booth, and a photo booth with costumes.

BBYO Connect was also present with participants of Cookies for a Cause. The  volunteers sold their freshly-made and decorated cookies. All of the proceeds that were made will be donated by BBYO to charity.

As well, there were  jewellery stations, where Vendors sold a wide-range of beautiful jewellery, including many pieces made in the classic Israeli silver style. There were also other booths ncluding tables and games lined up near the gym.


Miss Yom Ha’atzmaut wthis year was Tiffany Reider. Last year Ilana Elbaze was given the honour.


There was a huge line up at Shmoozers  where families ordered dinners of  delicious Israeli style food with pitas here and pitas there. (This had to be one of the most profitable nights of the year for Shmoozers). Many new immigrant  families from Israel attended the Yom Ha'atzmaut celebrations.   


After dinner, families moved back into the gym for a period of enthusiastic dancing led by Barry Kay and the Cherry Tree Productions Dream Team. This kept the evening at an energetic level and really involved the kids despite the long day.

The very talented Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble then performed and as always their dances and singing were flawless and greatly enjoyed. Near the entrance to the campus there was also a very neat display of Israeli clothing on mannequins which was part of an exhibit about the Chai Folk Ensemble in an area designed by Maxim Berent just outside the Berney Theatre.


After the dancing the Yona Choir (led by Lina Streltsov), the Brock Corydon school choir and the Gray Academy elementary choir performed songs. The evening was then brought to a close when the everyone rejoined outside to watch the fireworks that were set off in the sports field, which was a very successful way to end the event. Fireworks are set off all throughout the major cities in Israel to mark Yom  H'atzmaut. 


Overall, this year’s Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration was one of the most successful ones I have ever attended and the standards set for next year have now been raised even higher.

<<Previous Article       Next Article >>
Subscribe to the Winnipeg Jewish Review
  • Royal Bank
  • Fillmore Riley
  • Jewish Federation of Winnipeg
  • JNF Manitoba / Saskatchewan
  • JCFS
  • JCFS Winnipeg
  • Orthodox Union
  • Accurate Lawn & Garden
  • Sobey's
  • Coughlin Insurance
  • Munroe Pharmacy
  • Tel Aviv University Canada
  • Safeway Tuxedo
  • Daniel Friedman and Rob Dalgleish
  • Lipkin Family
  • Booke + Partners
  • Red River Coop
  • Gislason Targownik
  • Janice Morley-Lecomte
  • James Teitsma
  • Obby Khan
  • Jon Reyes
  • James Bezan
  • Markus Chambers
  • Ross Eadie
  • Ted Falk
  • Artista Homes
  • Fetching Style
  • Chisick Family
  • Ronald B. Zimmerman
  • Bob and Shirley Freedman
  • Shinewald Family
  • MLT Aikins
  • MLT Aikins
  • Myers LLP
  • Levene Tadman Golub
  • Equitable Solutions
  • Charach Family
  • Munroe Dental Centre
  • MCW Consultants Ltd.
  • Preventative Health First
  • Lanny Silver
  • Josef Ryan
  • Taverna Rodos
  • Holiday Inn Polo Park
  • Bruce Shefrin Interior Design
  • PFK Lawyers
  • Commercial Pool
  • Simmonds and Associates
  • CVA Systems
  • CdnVISA Immigration Consultants
  • Laufman Reprographics
  • Dr. Brent Schachter and Sora Ludwig
  • Clear Care Periodontal
  • Shindico
  • Doheny Securities Limited
  • Lazar Family
  • Superlite
  • Chochy's
  • Nick's Inn
  • Bridges for Peace
  • Global Philanthropic
  • Abe and Toni Berenhaut
  • Peerless Garments
  • Cavalier Candies
  • Roseman Corp
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • kristinas-greek
  • Broadway Law Group
  • West Kildonan Auto Service
  • The Center for Near East Policy Research Ltd.
  • Sarel Canada
  • Santa Lucia Pizza
  • Roofco Winnipeg Roofing
  • Center for Near East Policy Research
  • Nachum Bedein
Rhonda Spivak, Editor

Publisher: Spivak's Jewish Review Ltd.

Opinions expressed in letters to the editor or articles by contributing writers are not necessarily endorsed by Winnipeg Jewish Review.