December 2022 - The evening of lighting the Hanukkah candles
On Saturday evening, we have lit the 7th candle of Hanukkah in the Shazar Matnas (Centre for Culture, Youth & Sports). Present were the soldiers and members of the association ("Amuttah"), representatives of the volunteers operating the Amuttah and representatives of the Navon and Malka families, who have given their names to two of the flats.
Among the honorables who honoured us with their presence were the Mayor of Yavne, Mr. Roey Gabay, his deputy
Mr. Moshe Hazut, Rabbi Lerer and Rabbi Haim Segal.
Following the greetings, the soldier Shimon lit the Hanukkah candles with the traditional blessing, Rabbi Segal talked about the meaning of Hanukkah, we sang some Hanukkah songs, accompanied by Yaakov Perry (member of the Amuttah)on the accordion. The song "Tale of Latkes" was sung and litely performed by Zvia, the Spouse of the Amuttah Chairman and Gideon, a member of the Amuttah.
The refreshments were provided by Cafe Lion, who has adopted the Amuttah since it was established more than 5 years ago. The Cafe has been providing refreshments to the Amuttah celebrations with a considerable discount. This year, as well, Doron Malka brought the family's famous Sfinges. Rosital Ben-Or Haddad, a teacher in the middle school, volunteered to pass the time with a laughter workshop.
7 soldiers were celebrating their birthday that evening and were offered a present from the Amottah and KLA, our partner in providing for the soldiers. The very special and tasty birthday cake was prepared with much love by Zippi Sibonni ("My Sweets") and her sister Shulli Hindi. Shulli is in charge of the volunteers of Yavne for the national organization of "A birthday cake for the single soldier".
Excellence prizes were awarded to an officer and a soldier of the Amuttah - Zacaria and Lior - for excellent activities in their units. All of the soldiers were given a sweet present.
This week, police superintendent Moshe Ben- Shabo, member of the Amuttah, has received a certificate of excellence, in the presence of the president of Israel. The soldier Lior congratulated Moshe and offered him a flower bouquet from all of us.
At the end of the evening, all the participants were each offered a flowerpot of cyclamen, donated by Smadar and Gigi Navon.
We do thank all the volunteers and all those who have contributed to a successful and enjoyable evening, including, of course, Smadar who runs the Matnass, for the hospitality and help in every way.
A joyful Channukah!