Israeli culture and Hebrew language
The AJN has teamed up with Habayit to host a huge bash at Beth Weizmann for the entire community.
It may still be a couple of weeks until Chanukah but the party season is upon us. And your first invitation comes courtesy of The AJN.
The AJN has teamed up with Habayit to host a huge bash at Beth Weizmann for the entire community this Sunday afternoon (December 11).
From food and face painting to live music and larger than life inflatables, this spectacular celebration of Israeli culture, known as Festibayit, showcases some of the top talent in our midst.
Among those taking to the stage will be Simon Starr, Ohad Rein and Anita Lester, as well as 13-year-old DJ Ari Szwarc, the Bialik Primary School Choir led by Shani Weiss and year 12 Bialik band members Maor Goichman, Ithay Rott and Yehonatan Margolin.
If you are more a mover than a musician, there’s Israeli dancing, or if you simply want to feel the beat then there’s a drumming circle sponsored by UJEB.
There will also be a whole host of stalls serving up a wide range of activities, with the youth movements, UIA, WIZO, JNF, J-AIR and The AJN among the exhibitors.
Marking the centenary of the passing of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder of modern Hebrew, the event will have a focus on the Hebrew language and is supported by the World Zionist Organisation’s Department of Hebrew and Culture.
Other sponsors include Zionism Victoria, the Zionist Federation of Australia and the Jewish Agency.
Welcoming the party back after the pandemic prompted a two-year absence, Habayit coordinator Hallely Kimchi said, “Festibayit always gives me the opportunity to see our community in the brightest of lights. With everyone coming together and working together, the journey is no less beautiful than the outcome of this little miracle.”
She added, “I see it as a privilege. We have talents and musicians from the top end and ones that are only in the beginning of their journey. It’s absolute magic. And even if it rains, it’s already sunny.”
Festibayit runs from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday, December 11 at Beth Weizmann, 306 Hawthorn Road. Tickets: Adults $5, Kids free.
Children enjoying Festibayit in 2019. Photo: Peter Haskin