The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Question: How would you rate this year’s turnout?
Pretty good. There seems to be a large, energetic crowd. I wasn’t here last year because I wasn’t in New York. This year I’m marching with Touro College since I go there for graduate school, but I would have came anyway to show my support.
Not only are there more people this year, but I find that more organizations are here too. I’m here today working for Zaka by selling flags, pins, and other items to raise money for the organization. I find that the crowd is buying more this year and that they really are interested in helping out.
David Ambinder, student
This year, people came more to help out, not just hang out. Last year, I recall, people stayed for an hour or so and then moved on after their friends were done marching, but this year people are sticking around till the end. I also see more people willing to give money to help out organizations. I also see more non-Jews in the crowd compared to last year.
Shmuely Golomb, student
This year’s parade is very inspiring. It’s nice to see how many people are committed to living a Jewish life. There is a strong turnout and I’m thrilled to see how many youngsters came out to join. They seem to really be involved in Israel’s future.
Helene Garber, social worker
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