Sderot, Israel…Residents of this embattled city participated in a well-attended kosher wine tasting event last week as rockets continued to fall in the area last week. In addition to the residents from many communities in Southern Israel, a large number of the participants at the event were soldiers serving in the Gaza Strip. Held at Moshav Netiv Ha’asarah, several hundred guests enjoyed some of Israel’s best wines and spirits along with great tasting sushi. Many organizations in Israel organized events for the residents, often in shelters, and occasionally in halls hoping that the sirens would not sound with only seconds to seek shelter. The organizations were hoping to lift the spirits of Sderot residents who have taken the brunt of the thousands of rockets that have been fired from Gaza in the past eight years. They are, of course, hoping that the recent IDF action in the Gaza Strip will give them a long period of peace and quiet. Several large food manufacturers have plants in the region.
January 19, 2009