Israel film night at UOW celebrates culture while raising money for Chloe Saxby

PASSIONATE: KEVA members Yoke Berry with Helen Cass and Amnon Levy are welcoming all to an Israeli Film Festival at UOW. Picture: Robert Peet
PASSIONATE: KEVA members Yoke Berry with Helen Cass and Amnon Levy are welcoming all to an Israeli Film Festival at UOW. Picture: Robert Peet

Yoke Berry helped found the Illawarra’s Kibbutz Ex Volunteer Association (KEVA) 17 years ago but she was not born in the Middle East.

As a young Danish woman, Yoke travelled to Israel in 1976 to live freely on the land in a kibbutz, similar to a farm commune. It was there she met her husband plus many life-long friends.

Now living in Australia she continues to share her love for the country and it’s culture.

One way she does this is through the annual Israeli Film Festival – this year on August 5 at the University of Wollongong.

Mrs Berry said it was important to share and celebrate different cultures in society.

“Everyone has a story, everyone has memories and they would like to share that with people who have similar stories or memories and the film festival is a way,” she said.

“It gives the opportunity for people to express that love and affinity to a country.”

The films on show include A Tale of Love and Darkness starring Natalie Portman, and Wedding Doll starring Moran Rosenblatt and Roy Assaf.

While a supper of traditional foods like hummus, mini challah rolls, kugels and cheesecakes will also be on offer.

All proceeds go towards the Saving Chloe Saxby campaign.

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