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WA Opens their doors and their hearts for 32nd Maccabi Junior Carnival

Posted: 19-Jan-2014 by Maccabi WA

The Opening Ceremony of the 32nd Maccabi Junior Carnival, reflected the overwhelming excitement and hospitality of the whole Perth Maccabi community who have been involved in organising this event for the last 14 months.

The Flag bearers from the 4 States, NSW, Vic, WA, Qld and New Zealand marched past the excited crowd in a splendid display. The flag bearers from each state were NSW Katie Vasin and Jordan Swibel, NZ Lydia Mills, QLD Emma Frey, Victoria Nigel Appelboom and Jessica Zivin and WA Adam Silbert. The Perth community opened its doors and hearts for this event and was proud to host the largest carnival ever to be held in WA.

Indigenous singer songwriter Phil Walley- Stack started the evening welcoming everyone to the traditional owners of our beautiful State of WA, the Noongar tribe introducing the kids to a little Noongar language; “Kaya Wanju” Hello and Welcome. He then entertained the crowd with a traditional Indigenous story and played the didgeridoo. Advance Australia Fair was sung beautifully by WA singer Rebecca Brest and a very arousing rendition of Hatikvah was sung by one of WA’s youngest team members Dylan Kotkis. Many non Jewish members of the VIP crowd  commented on the spirit and impressive cohesiveness of the Jewish Community saying they would like to take it back to their own communities– we just call that ‘Carnival Ruach’.

We were honoured to have Lisa Borowick President of MAI welcome us all with a funny recount with her memories of her first Junior Carnival winning the 325m sprint – well she was winning up until that point! Carnival Patron Dr Marc Adonis reminded the kids to always try and put back to the community and of course to have a great time. President of WA Maccabi Alan Shear then roused the crowd with a motivating speech getting everyone up on their feet and ready to party. Lisa Borowick finally announced the 32nd Carnival open with the lighting of the Jocelyn Kann Memorial Flame, dedicated to the blessed memory of one of Queensland Maccabi’s proudest daughters – Jocelyn Kahn.

The crowd was then surprised with a Flash Mob to “Let’s Get Ridiculous” which set the party mode for the rest of the night where the kids ate and danced in the Jewish Centre gardens ready for the busy week ahead.

All photos courtesy of Julie K Photography

Carnival Co Managers Karen and Howard Steinberg with Indigenous Entertainer Phil Walley-Stack


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