Photo Credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags.

Just a week after 40,000 New Yorkers marched up Fifth Avenue to show their support for the State of Israel, other Jewish groups took to the city’s skies and waterways last Sunday to express their love for the Jewish state.

Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg

More than 60 New Yorkers gathered in private planes and watercraft flying US and Israeli flags and traveled from Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay to the United Nations headquarters on the Manhattan bank of the East River.

Supporters flew a private plane sporting Israeli flags over New York City as part of the celebration. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
Supporters flew a private plane sporting Israeli flags over New York City as part of the celebration. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
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The fleet of air and sea vessels was organized by the American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry, under the auspices of the World Zionist Organization.

Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg

“We wanted to find a way to take the American Jewish community’s support for Israel to new symbolic heights – and show our all-encompassing pride across sea, air, and land,” said Dmitry Shiglik, American Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry board chair.. “We plan to grow this celebration in the next few years – we hope to have as many Israel supporters flying and sailing with us as there are marching along Fifth Avenue.”

Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
Supporters sailed watercraft flying Israeli and American flags. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg

The lead boat’s delegation included Israeli Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver, World Zionist Organization Head of the Department for the Promotion of Aliyah Marina Rozenberg-Koritny, and other high-ranking Israeli officials and American Jewish community leaders.

The lead boat in Sunday's Israel Water and Air Celebration. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
The lead boat in Sunday’s Israel Water and Air Celebration. / Photo credit: Aleksandr Rozenberg
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