On Sunday, May 22, after not being held for two years, 40,000 people including 24 NEPA residents gathered on Fifth Avenue in NYC in support of Israel at the Celebrate Israel parade.
The day was unusually warm with a clear blue and white sky acting as a backdrop for the many Israeli flags being waved. The Theme for this year’s parade was”Together Again”.
Following behind a lively marching band and walking immediately in front of NY Mayor Eric Adam encouraged the NEPA contingent to walk at a brisk pace as they stepped to the lively music playing all around them allowing the group to beat their marching best from previous years by 15 minutes. People of all ages lined the street to cheer on the marchers and to indicate their support for Israel.
The diversity of Jewish groups walking, cheering, singing, and dancing varied from Jewish Day School children to the Ambassador to the UN’s entourage to synagogues, dance groups, and Jewish service groups was a reminder of the diversity and simultaneous unity of the people of Israel.
The walkers representing the Jewish Federation of NEPA were Daniel Chejfec, Federation Executive Director, Dassy Ganz, Assistant Director, Neil Weinberg, Al Tragis, Vladimir and Elizabeth Aronzon, Gary and Devon Rosman, Asher, Mindy, Ella, Sara and Adi Grossman, Rivka Menachem, Bracha and Uri Levi, Chana Menarchuk, Marge Harnett, Irene Stolzenberg, Phyllis Miller, Roberta Pineiro, Lea Dunner, Ronni Terr, and Frieda Entner.
The parade usually takes place on the first Sunday in June but was moved up this year to accommodate the holiday of Shavuot.
Mark your calendar now for June 4, 2023, and plan to join next year in this wonderful parade and celebration of the state of Israel.
Author: Irene Stolzenberg, Temple Bnai Harim