JOHANNESBURG (May. 17)
More than 6000 people jammed the Film Trust Arena here for an evening of music and dancing to commemorate Israel’s 30th anniversary. The festivities were highlighted by slide presentations tracing the history of the Jewish State and by a theatrical production depicting the economic, political and social development of the people of Israel.
Outside, on the arena’s parking lot, thousands of young people took part in an Israel anniversary youth rally organized by the Johannesburg Jewish Youth Council. Members of various youth movements replete with musical instruments and a dance troupe staged a performance. At one point, members of the audience joined in the festive ceremony, dancing and singing, which concluded with the lighting of signs and the singing of Hatikva.