Anyone seeing Max's photo coverage of Matzuva's 68th birthday celebration will see encouraging signs of revival and growth.
A lot of thought and preparation went into the event organized by both members and our newer members. The emphasis was on the new and the old. The 44 veteran members of Matzuva each received a citation and gift and a special photographic exhibition was held at the archives and museum building in front of the hall. It showed photos of Matzuva from 1940, pictures of Ben-Gurion's visit as well as Sophia Loren with kibbutz kids while filming the "Judith" movie at Matzuva and of members and events from Matzuva's past.
For instance, pictures of the swimming pool that was dug out and built by members after work.
The celebration was held in the hall and opened with a special greeting to all the founders and veteran members. This was followed by all the Matzuva kindergarten kids entering the hall from the rear waving Israeli flags and performing various items on stage. There was a sing-in, a quiz and other events. The hall seating 550 was full to overflowing and the courtyard at the entrance was arranged with tables and chairs and there were food booths with local Druze dishes and drinks. There was also an enormous selection of cakes and cookies baked and donated by the ladies of Matzuva for everyone to enjoy.
During the week movies including "Judith" and the Matzuva Song Festival were shown on the Matzuva internal channel.
Reaction to the birthday celebration was very positive and people came away with a feeling of solidarity with the kibbutz, homage to the veterans and hopes for continued renewal in the future.
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Well Baruch gave a wonderful description from the birthday celebration we had.
It was hearth warming to see so many people turning up.
An item worth mentioning from the performance was a song sung by family members who left matzuva years back.
The whole show was put together by old and new members and residents from the kibbutz.
A really good example what can be done.