Washington — In New York, leaders of the Jewish community made the decision to hold Monday’s massive pro-Israel rally on the Capitol grounds with only five days’ lead-time. And then they told Washington’s small army of Jewish representatives: Make it happen.
And that’s exactly what they did, coordinating everything from the 1,500 buses from up and down the East Coast to the 75 portable toilets and 10,000 bottles of water.
A leading pro-Israel lawmaker and the only Holocaust survivor in Congress will retire at the end of his current term.
In a statement on Wednesday Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a 14- term veteran, revealed he is being treated for cancer of the esophagus.
"In view of this development and the treatment it will require, I will not seek reelection," said the 79-year-old Lantos.
Stung by the delays that plagued last year’s Salute to Israel Parade — many groups were more than two hours late in marching — organizers this year hired a professional production company that kept the parade in proper step.
“It made a difference — there were a lot more happy people and the weather was idyllic,” said Rabbi Susie Moskowitz, associate rabbi of Temple Beth Torah in Melville, L.I., as she marched under sunny skies up Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 79th Street.