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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Portland Celebrates Israel's Birthday

We celebrated Israel's 60 birthday on it's Hebrew date, May 7th, at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center. It started off with a fallafel plate for a buffet dinner. I sat with Annie, who had been a volunteer soldier in the Israeli army in 1989. To my right was a visitor to the center interested in celebrating with us. In the far right is Joan Teller, whose company I also enjoyed. She and I wore our Ashkelon-Portland tee shirts.
Next on the agenda was a movie on a huge screen about Israel's beginnings. We also enjoyed singing and listening to some young ladies sing with a guitar the popular ballads from Israel in Hebrew. Finally came the birthday cake. So Happy Birthday, Israel. May you have many more years to celebrate.

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