We had such a magnificent day on Sunday in NYC at the Salute to Israel Day Parade as it sailed down 5th Avenue followed by the Israel Day Concert, where I was honored to be invited to speak. So many long time Atlas readers were in attendance it was overwhelming. Such nachas! Kudos to who Dr. Paul Brody organized a magnificent event.Guest speakers included Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister MK Danny Danon, as well as Ambassador John Bolton. Special appearances were made by leading political and religious leader, and by Jewish activists, focusing on the event's all important themes.
Scott Jacobs of Joo Tube caught my remarks at The Israel Day Concert on Sunday -- photos here and here.Much to the wonderful Manny Vidor of the Jewish American Veterans for the lovely photos. (video hat tip Zev)
INN: The concert, which effectively is the largest rally of its kind in North America, is sponsored by the Israel Concert-In-The-Park Committee, associated with Young Israel Chovevei Zion and the National Council of Young Israel. It paid special tribute again this year to Carl Freyer z”l. Carl, together with his wife Sylvia, founded the concert in response to a call by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, to mount some form of protest to the notorious 1993 Oslo Accords.
Exciting performers included a burst of musical and singing talent. The headliners are LIPA!, the masterful singer and showman, and EDON, who proudly wore his kippah as he achieved semi-finalist status on "America's Got Talent", a nationally televised contest, viewed worldwide.
Elron Zabatani, of Jerusalem's Old City, was be accompanied by Shlomi Aharoni, directly from Israel, who is an alumnus of the Rabbinical IDF Orchestra & Choir. Jerry Markovitz, Sandy Shmuely and Dr. Meyer Abittan are very talented seasoned veterans who will be performing as well.
The winner of the "Jewish Star" contest, Choni G from Johannesburg, South Africa, made his debut in Central Park. The Junior Division winner of the "Jewish Star", Dovid Moskovits, performed again this year. Chaim Kiss, Izzy Kieffer and Heshy R. are all past performers at the Israel Day Concert returned to join the festivities. Musical accompaniment was provided by the incomparable Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers. Aveinu Shebashamayim and the theme from Exodus will be rendered by cardiologist Dr. Meyer Abittan.
The multi-talented, long-time producer and director, Zvika Bornstein, was the musical producer of the event.