Celebrate Israel Parade

Looking Back 50 Years, Parade Was Always A Challenge

05/28/2014
Editor and Publisher
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It’s only fitting that Ted Comet, the veteran Jewish professional who turned 90 this week, will be a marshall at the Celebrate Israel parade this Sunday. He is credited with founding the event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And he can attest to the fact that it has always had its share of controversy; this year it has been over the participation of three left-wing Jewish groups.

Ted Comet, at right next to Mayor John Lindsay, will lead Sunday’s Celebrate Israel parade. Courtesy of Ted Comet

See You At The Parade

05/28/2014
Editorial

Much has been made of the controversy in recent weeks over which groups should and should not be participating in the 50th annual Celebrate Israel parade. It is set for Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, up Fifth Avenue, from 57th Street to 74th Street.

We Have Always Been Marching Together

05/20/2014
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What if I told you that one of the biggest events of the year for the State of Israel takes place not in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv but right here in New York City? And that despite being thousands of miles away, every Israeli feels an immense sense of pride knowing that hundreds of thousands of people demonstrate their support of Israel each and every year when it takes place. If you haven’t already guessed, I’m talking about the Celebrate Israel parade, which marks its golden jubilee on June 1.

Ido Aharoni

Making Mischief Of The Parade

04/09/2014
Editorial

The annual Celebrate Israel parade, the largest of its kind anywhere, is intended to unify our community under the umbrella of pride in the Jewish state and send that message to Israel and the world. But life is not simple, certainly not Jewish life, and the fissures that create tensions within our community over Israel have come to the surface once again in the weeks leading up to parade, which this year will mark its 50th anniversary and be held in midtown on Sunday, June 1. (See story on page 16.)

Israel ‘Unity’ March Set

Right-leaning organizations are asking for ban on three groups they say are BDS and anti-Israel.

04/09/2014
Staff Writer

The annual Celebrate Israel parade, the New York Jewish community’s largest and most visible sign of support for the Jewish state, is set to mark its 50th anniversary this year.

The annual Celebrate Israel parade along Fifth Avenue. Courtesy of JCRC

Marching Together For Israel

04/08/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The American Jewish community overwhelmingly supports Israel and strongly opposes efforts to demonize and delegitimize the nation-state of the Jewish people by singling it out for boycotts, divestment or sanctions (BDS). Although there are divisions within the Jewish community about Israeli policies — particularly with regard to the peace process and settlements — once a year we try to put aside these differences by marching together in the Celebrate Israel parade, marking its 50th anniversary this June and expected to attract over 40,000 marchers, representing over 200 schools, synagogues and organizations.

Alan M. Dershowitz

Celebrate Israel Parade Draws 35,000

Mayoral hopeful Weiner's presence met with cheers and jeers as he hoists microphone to shout 'Am Yisrael Chai!'

06/03/2013
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A sea of blue and white blurred across Fifth Avenue as more than a million people attended the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City Sunday, June 2.

Blue was everybody's favorite color at the Celebrate Israel Parade on Sunday. Chavie Lieber

Raining On The Parade

Time to consider new ways to attract more people to Israel’s cause.

06/05/2012
Editor and Publisher

To be clear: I have been a big booster of the Celebrate Israel parade, personally and professionally, for many years, and once again felt a real sense of pride on Sunday afternoon watching the waves of youngsters carrying banners and singing Hebrew songs as they marched up Fifth Avenue.

Gary Rosenblatt

Clear Skies At Israel Parade

Despite Iran worries, the outlook — and weather — was mostly upbeat among the 35,000 marchers.

06/05/2012
Staff Writer

The Celebrate Israel Parade that saw more than 35,000 marchers sing, dance and strut their way up Fifth Avenue amid colorful floats, Israeli flags and lively music took place last Sunday with such precision that it actually ended 30 minutes early.

Scenes from the Celebrate Israel parade along Fifth Avenue. Yaron Trigubof

See You At The Parade

05/29/2012
Editorial

Each year the New York Jewish community takes pride in hosting the largest gathering of support for Israel in the world. But it would be even better if more of us came out to show our connection to, love for and solidarity with the Jewish state by taking part in the annual celebration.

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