National Jewish Assembly hosts inaugural Israeli Independence Day event with over 250 guests

On April 26, the National Jewish Assembly (NJA) successfully hosted an event in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. The event was held at the Kinloss Banqueting Suite, with close to 300 guests.

The event was filled with joy and festivity, with guests enjoying traditional Israeli food, music, and dancing. The NJA was honoured to have several distinguished guests in attendance, including community leaders and representatives of international Jewish organisations.

In his remarks, NJA Managing Director Steve Winston expressed his deep pride in the State of Israel and highlighted its many accomplishments since its founding in 1948. He praised the resilience and strength of the Israeli people and reaffirmed the NJA’s commitment to supporting Israel, saying “Israel is here to stay, and that is something we must always celebrate.” Winston also made a special welcome to the NJA’s Christian friends and underscored that “Your love for the Jewish people and Israel means so much to us.”

The NJA was delighted to receive video messages which were screened at the event, including from Isaac Herzog, President of Israel, Yaakov Hagoel, Chairman of the World Zionist Organisation, Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem, and Tzipi Hotovely, Ambassador of Israel to the UK.

Commenting on the event, NJA Chairman Gary Mond said, “The NJA’s Yom Ha’atzmaut party was a fantastic success, with an amazing band, great food, and a great celebratory atmosphere. It was particularly wonderful to be supported by amazing organisations like the World Zionist Organisation, JNF UK, Stand With Us, and CAMERA UK, as well as El Al.”

The live band, led by Guy Barzily, delighted the guests with a mix of Israeli classics and contemporary music which had everyone up and dancing.

The NJA would like to especially thank its Events Manager Dalia Hajioff, for her tireless efforts in organising this fantastic event, and is grateful to the sponsors and supporters, as well as all those who attended.

The NJA looks forward to continuing its work to support the UK Jewish community and to strengthening its connection with the State of Israel.

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