web analytics
January 31, 2015 / 11 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Tens of Thousands Celebrate Israel In Manhattan (Photo Essay)

Tens of thousands of marchers and spectators showed their support for Israel on Sunday in New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade.

Active duty U.S. soldiers marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade.

Active duty U.S. soldiers marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade.
Photo Credit: Dovi Meisels

Tens of thousands of marchers and spectators showed their support for Israel on Sunday in New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade.

The parade made its way up Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 74th Street offering a colorful spectacle comprised of marching bands and Israeli and American flags of varying sizes, along with paintings, floats, collages and T-shirts all centered around the theme of “Picture Israel: The Art and Craft.”

As always, elected officials made their presence felt; among the many who marched were New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

All the New York City mayoral candidates were on hand as well, eliciting both boos and cheers from parade watchers.

Several Israeli officials participated in the parade including Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan, Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon and MK Rabbi Dov Lipman.

Security was tight, as it is with all Israel-related events, but there was an even greater vigilance than usual in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.

Aviva Gold, a 37-year-old homemaker who came to the parade with her two young children, said security concerns would never keep her from showing her support for Israel. She’s attended every parade since 1985 because, she told The Jewish Press, “it’s one of the few opportunities available for the average person to publicly proclaim just by being here that we stand with Israel.”

A notable addition to this year’s parade was the presence of active duty soldiers from the U.S. Army Garrison West Point Color Guard, led by Sergeant David Rodriguez. It was first time in the parade’s history that active U.S. military personnel were among the marchers.

Dovi Meles, an Orthodox Jew who works with U.S. Army public affairs, assisted in connecting parade officials with West Point staff to secure the color guard.

“Even with such short notice West Point authorized the participation of the color guard so that the U.S. military could be represented in the parade,” said Meles.

“This is definitely a first for all of us,” said Sgt. Rodriguez. “We consider it a high honor to be able to participate in such an event.”

The parade was followed by what’s become another New York tradition – a concert under the Central Park bandshell sponsored by the Israel Concert in the Park Committee, associated with Young Israel Chovevei Zion and the National Council of Young Israel. Speakers included MK Danon and former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton; the MC was popular radio personality Nachum Segal.

 

About the Author: Naomi Klass Mauer is associate publisher of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Tens of Thousands Celebrate Israel In Manhattan (Photo Essay)”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Kenji Goto Execution
ISIS Beheads Kenji Goto
Latest Indepth Stories
Eli Weiss

Shepherding in the Shomron isn’t your usual kind of shepherding – despite his business-minded beginnings, Eli has discovered that a strong ideological impetus powers the job.

Resnick-013015-Pilot

I said to myself, “This story has got to be told. We’re losing this generation of World War II and if we don’t listen to them now, we’ve lost it.”

Eller-013015

His entire existence was about spreading simcha and glorifying G-d’s name on a daily basis.

IRAN-US-POLITICS-MILITARY

An Israeli strike could theoretically damage Iran’s nuclear program; only US can terminate program

At some point we need to stop simply defending and promoting Israel and start living in Israel

“We Jews are the only people who when we drop a book on the floor pick it up and kiss it.”

Though Zaide was the publisher of The Jewish Press, a big newspaper,I always remember him learning

Speaker Silver has been an extraordinary public servant since his election to the Assembly in 1975 and has been an exemplary leader of that body since 1994.

He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.

Drawing Congress into the Iran nuclear debate is the last thing the White House wants.

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.

Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?

More Articles from Naomi Klass Mauer
Naomi-010215-Memories

Dr. Faier passed away in 2009, leaving two manuscripts. The first, A Day is a Thousand Years: Human Destiny and the Jewish People, was published posthumously in 2012.

Mauer-121214

You children will build the country and you will help restore Israel to her former glory.

Presented by the Destiny Foundation and the Young Israel of Flatbush.

“What we are seeing here in New York today is not an artistic expression that challenges the limits of morality, but a moral deformity that challenges the limits of the art.

We started The Jewish Press. Arnie was an integral part of the paper.

Home is Milwaukee where their congregation, Beth Jehudah, and community always await their return.

After they saw what happened in Gush Katif in 2005, they understood Judea and Samaria could well be next.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/personal/tens-of-thousands-celebrate-israel-in-manhattan/2013/06/05/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: