Jerusalem, May 8: With a thrilling enthusiasm ‘Celebrate Israel Festival’ kicked off on Sunday acorss the country in Arizona, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Chicago. Several Jewish community groups walked in Denver during Sunday’s 2017 Walk for Israel event. More than 22-hundred people participated in the two-mile Walk for Israel event.
Also around 50,000 pro-Israel Americans are expected to participate in the annual Celebrate Israel Festival events across the country. The celebrations will continue until June 11.
Organizers include the Israeli American Council, Jewish Federations of North American and Jewish community centers. The year’s events are focused on the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, as well as Israel’s 69th Independence Day.
“We are thrilled that the Walk for Israel and Celebrate Family Festival continues to grow in attendance every year,” Dana Friedman, event co-chairperson said. She added, “It is a great testament to our community that more than 2,000 of us come together to show our support for Israel and the local Jewish community.”
“We are thrilled to bring people together from across the pro-Israel community to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification in what will be the largest celebration of Israel in the history of the Diaspora,” council CEO Shoham Nicolet said. “Israeli-Americans are very proud of the increasing role that we are playing as a bridge between the America and Israel and within the Jewish and pro-Israel communities here in the United States.”
Each event will feature its own depictions of Jerusalem’s reunification. In Los Angeles, a seven-meter tall Tower of David, a life-size replica of the Western Wall and a past-and-present photography exhibit by Noam Chen are on display. Meanwhile, in Boston, attendees are invited to participate in an archeological dig, shop in a replica of the Mahaneh Yehuda market and watch performances from a range of Israeli and Jewish artists and student groups.
On June 4, the annual Celebrate Israel Parade will take place in New York City, an event that typically draws thousands of Israel supporters. Israeli artists scheduled to perform include Ninet Tayeb, Dudu Aharon, Ethnix, Roni Dalumi and Rinat Gabay.
Osnat Fox, an Israeli woman who participated in the walk said, "We're not going to get intimidated. We're proud of who we are. We're proud of what we support, and we're going to keep on doing this because you know, truth always shines."