The luscious and shady central grassy area of Kibbutz Tzora once again hosted over 100 people – Southern African and Australian new and veteran Olim who came to enjoy the beautiful weather and fun activities, as they relaxed and ate their braaied meat - celebrating a decade of wonderful gatherings every Pesach, in this beautiful spot.
Participants came from Beit Shemesh, Jerusalem, Modi’in, Gush Etzion, Ra’anana and as far afield as the Galilee.
While the smoke from tens of braais filled the air, children took advantage of the two colourful jumping castles, strategically placed in the ample shade provided by the tall pine trees.
The adults were treated to a free visit to the Tzora boutique winery and an explanation on how they produce 85,000 magnificent bottles per year. Some then tasted the unique wines and cheeses on sale (all Kosher for Pesach).
A roving microphone enabled the over twenty family units to introduce themselves to each other, while enjoying the bountiful results of their braaing skills.
Second generation South African, Gal Langford of Kibbutz Tzora attended the braai. He came to not only eat and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, but also to promote his new Diller Teen Leadership project, whereby high school pupils in the Beit Shemesh –Mateh Yehudah region volunteer to help new Olim of a similar age to integrate and adapt to Israeli society. (The establishment of the Diller programme in the Beit Shemesh- Mateh Yehudah region was a Telfed initiative.) For more details please see: here.
Egert & Cohen Insurance were once again the main sponsors of this year’s braai and have been its proud sponsors since its inception in 2007, together with Best Market-Ramat Beit Shemesh A and Braude Wealth Management .
The winner of this year's raffle of a beautiful bottle of Tzora wine was Wayne Berzack, who showed his attuned actuarial skills in correctly guessing the number of gem clips in a bottle.
Mark it down in your diaries – you don't want to miss the Beit Shemesh annual braai next year – first day of Chol Ha'Moed Pesach 5778/2018.