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Celebrate Israel Parade Set for June 5th rss

Posted on: May 27th, 2011

On Sunday, June 5th, Jennie Bronstein will walk in the Celebrate Israel Parade in Manhattan with UJA-Federation of New York’s Russian Division, as she has done for more than 20 years.

An immigrant from the former Soviet Union who also lived in Israel as a young adult, Bronstein is passionate about her commitment.

Participants in last year’s parade march down Fifth Avenue

Participants in last year’s parade march down Fifth Avenue

“There’s nothing stronger than to stand up for Israel by showing our support,” she says. “To all those countries who want to delegitimize Israel, this is our answer.”

For Bronstein, the parade is also a family affair.

“My cousin from Toronto comes to visit with his wife and daughter when it’s time for the parade, so they can all participate,” she says. “He’s been doing that for 10 years.”

This year the parade, which again is in large part supported by UJA-Federation, adopted the name Celebrate Israel and includes a first-time pre-parade, four-mile Celebrate Israel Run. The parade is a project of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency.

Standing With the People of Israel

“We are proud to be a major funder of what is the most vocal and colorful display in support of Israel,” notes John S. Ruskay, UJA-Federation’s executive vice president and CEO. “This parade is a powerful way to show a watching world that we stand with the people of Israel as they resist violence and pursue peace.”

Celebrate Israel Parade

Banner highlights the new name for the June 5th event, Celebrate Israel Parade.

More than 30,000 people are expected to march in the parade whose theme this year is “In Tune With Israel.”

“Two of the most important values of Jewish peoplehood are Jewish diversity and the central place of Israel in our communal life,” explains Geula Solomon, chair of UJA-Federation’s Task Force on Jewish Peoplehood in New York. “We proudly support the parade because bringing together New York Jews from all backgrounds to celebrate Israel together is a wonderful realization of those values.”

UJA-Federation’s participants in the parade include a variety of communities from New York City, Long Island, and Westchester.

Lilly Wajnberg, director of UJA-Federation’s Russian Division, explains that people like Jennie Bronstein feel very passionate about the parade because the State of Israel offered a place where it was possible for Jews to belong.

“In 63 years, we have built a national home with a strong democracy,” Wajnberg adds. “It’s such an important freedom for us to honor because we were denied that in the Soviet Union.”

Learn how to join UJA-Federation in this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade.