The N.Y. “Celebrate Israel” Parade
(Bigger and Better than Ever)
by Dassy Ganz
On Sunday morning June 3, 2012, fifty-eight members of the Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania went to New York City to march with thousands more in the annual “Celebrate Israel Parade”.
Pre-schoolers to very senior adults were led by Mark Silverberg, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation and Dan Cardonick, Executive Director of the Scranton JCC. Aaron Brooks, advisor to Scranton’s BBYO Chapter guided a number of our teens while whole families from both Scranton and the Poconos boarded the coach bus.
The theme of this year’s Parade was Israel Branches Out. Our Federation used that theme to celebrate a number of our local families who have made aliyah (becoming Israeli citizens).
While we were not able to get photos of everyone who has made aliyah over the years, our banner “NEPA Branches take “root” in Israel” boasted beautiful photos of the Glassman/Rosenschein families, Steve and Linda Grossman, Dan and Andrea Cutler Lubitz, Avi and Chana Esther Ganz, Akiva and Sara Weiss Davis and Amram and Tziona Ackerman Rister.
What a thrill to be part of the most auspicious showing of support for the State of Israel in the United States! The entire length of Fifth Avenue was lined with enthusiastic throngs cheering the marchers. Jewish and Israeli music filled the air.
After the Parade, our group got back on our coach bus and went to Teaneck, N.J. to enjoy an early dinner at one of the many kosher restaurants available. Mrs. Mary Beth Lorber thoughtfully brought along a hand-out of the various choices coming our way including kosher sushi, Japanese fusion and, of course, the popular corned beef and pastrami on rye.
With time to spare, participants walked around to visit a Judaica store as well as a kosher take-out and bakery.
We extend our thanks to Marcia Ufberg and Starr Uniform in Scranton for our Parade T-shirts and to Barth Rubin of the Budget Inn and Suites on I-80E for the use of his establishment for our Pocono pick-up location.
Thank you as well to B’nai B’rith and the Arenberg Fund of the JCC for help in sponsoring our event this year, and a special thank you to Mark Silverberg and the Jewish Federation for sponsoring this event and for their commitment to our Jewish community and to the State of Israel.