Celebration will follow 'Yoms' of reflection

PARTY: The Israeli band which will help Leeds celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut

THE Makor Jewish Culture Office is hard at work preparing for some of the biggest annual events in the Leeds community.

Headed by shaliach Or Nehushtan and supported by Ellie Ruhan and Helen Frais, the team is arranging the 'Yoms'.

The ceremony for Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust memorial day, takes place on Monday (7.30pm).

The programme will include Chazan AlbY Chait and the United Hebrew Congregation choir, The Zone's film about Holocaust denial and the Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association.

There will also be presentations from community members and dignitaries.

The focus of the ceremony will be on bravery and heroism.

Yom Hazikaron, the memorial day for Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror, will take place on Sunday, April 30 (7.30pm).

Experiences and personal stories from individuals in the community will be presented, in addition to a true story from the Yom Kippur War.

The evening will focus on how Yom Hazikaron affects Jewish communities in Israel and Britain.

The programme will also feature Shira Colombick and Israeli youth leader Daria Shaloshik.

The mood will change for Yom Ha'atzmaut as the community celebrates Israel's 69th birthday on Tuesday, May 2.

Entertainment will include an Israeli band; the Brodetsky School Choir, Daria's Brodetsky Dance Group, Rob Stroud and plenty of laughs.

There will be activities for the youth, led by the community's Zionist youth movements; clowns and jugglers; a photo booth for souvenir pictures and, of course, falafel!

The doors for falafel and youth fun open at 6.30pm, while the main show starts at 7.40pm.

Yom Ha'atzmaut tickets are 8 for adults, 5 for children and students, 20 for a family of four. Falafel in pitta is 3 if booked in advance.

Details: 0113-2680899, info@makor.co.uk or visit www.makorjewishcultureuk.org

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