By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
New York — June 1, 2015 … With Israel being bashed everywhere from the White House, Iran, and the ICC to BDS, Flotillas and J Street, having a parade of over 50,000 people cheering and smiling is just the medicine the Jewish nation so badly needs.
In 1965, thousands walked down Riverside Drive in support of the young State of Israel. This impromptu walk evolved into the Salute to Israel Parade on Fifth Avenue.
In 2011 the name of the Parade was changed to focus on celebrating the vibrant and diverse country of Israel. The Parade features over 40,000 marchers from many organizations. Hundreds of thousands enthusiastic spectators watch American and Israeli community leaders and dignitaries, entertainers, artists, musicians, dancers, celebrities, floats and marching bands.
The sponsors of the 2015 Celebrate Israel Parade include: America-Israel Friendship League,
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, American Friends of Leket Israel,
American Friends of Magen David Adom, American Zionist Movement, Ariel University
Avi Chai Foundation, Bat Mitzvah Project HUG and Bnai Zion Foundation, Bnei Akiva of the United States and Canada, The Cheese Guy, EL AL, Dr. Felix Glaubach & Family, The Hampton Synagogue, The Hebron Fund, Hillel Yeshiva, IDB Bank, IDT Corporation
Iranian American Jewish Federation, Israel Bonds, Israel Ministry of Tourism, Israeli American Council, JDate, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Jewish National Fund, Jordache, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, Kars 4 Kids, One Israel Fund
Nefesh B’ Nefesh, Russian American Jewish Experience, Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc.,
StandWithUs, State of Israel and UJA-Federation of New York .