The parade didn’t go off completely without a hitch, however. In addition to a bit of inclement weather, several organizations (whom we shall not publicize further by naming here) with established anti-Zionist agendas were allowed to march in the parade. Neturei Karta was there on the sidelines, doing their thing and just generally being hilarious. And while the ardently pro-Zionist Eagles’ Wings Ministries were down Fifth Avenue, some members of the organization walked up and down the sidewalks and spreading “the word.”
Seriously, is the Israel Day Parade just like, Supermarket Sweep for missionaries? All those Jews together in one place, all those doomed souls… Fortunately for us, a modest contingent from Jews for Judaism was there, doing their part to keep Jews Jewish, a goal with which we at the Jewish Voice strongly sympathize.
Yet, despite all these imperfections, the Celebrate Israel Parade was an absolutely rousing success. Jews and gentiles of all stripes coming together to show their support for the State of Israel, which is both the Jews’ ancient homeland, and America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East (especially since the Turkish government has gone down the tubes).
The parade was preceded by the New York Road Runners’ Celebrate Israel Run, and the 19th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, both of which were huge hits. All in all, it was a great day to be a Zionist.
We at the Jewish Voice would like to again express our appreciation for the hard work of the JCRC, the NYRR, and the Israel Concert-in-the-Park Committee in organizing the Celebrate Israel Parade, the Celebrate Israel Run, and the Israel Day Concert, respectively. A yasher koach/chazak u’baruch as well to the parade’s sponsors, including the UJA Federation of New York, the Jewish Communal Fund, State of Israel Bonds, MJHS, and the Jewish Agency for Israel. And last but not least, mazel tov to Mr. Heshy Rosenwasser, who just happens to be a former associate editor of the Jewish Voice, on his performance at the Israel Day Concert!