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Third Review Club meets

Third Review Club meets

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 8:03 pm

The Third Review Club recently held its September meeting at St. James Episcopal Church in Union City.
The meeting opened with a moment of silence in memory of the 9/11 victims, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the repeating of the American Creed. Roll call was answered with members the naming the place in America where they would most like to visit.
Ruth Gorman presented the program entitled, “Israeli Dance.” She told members that dance in Israel is an important factor in the life of Jews. The country is a blend of people from 95 other nations who have brought with them the traditions and practices of their native lands. The dances created reflect the many different cultures that the Jews have experienced as they have wandered and settled throughout the world.
These traditions and practices combine with other numerous influences to create a new “Israeli Dance.” The most striking impression of the new Israeli Dance is its Eastern-Mediterranean quality. The first influence on modern Jewish folk dance is the geographic position that Israel holds. Israel is constantly at war with its Arab neighbors which surround it and this physical conflict shows through in the dance.
There are a great many war dances which project men full of power, strength, self-confidence, dignity and vitality. Women’s dances are slow with sinuous flowing body movements, which are soft and subtle. Couple dances are usually dances of love. The new style begins with basic qualities of joy, strength and freedom. Dancers usually stand close to each other as in the hora circle dances. The new Israeli dance is very similar to country square dancing in America.
The fellowship hall was decorated in a harvest theme. Hostess Mary Ellen Stevens served an attractive buffet of fruit, melon and other lovely treats. She also presented each member with a small fall arrangement from the table decorations as a favor.

Published in The Messenger 9.20.11

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