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For Immediate Release: Contact:
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2009 Corey Bearak
(Updated 2009-06-08) (718) 343-6779

Photos of
Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council Member Organizations Marching in the 2009 Salute to Israel Parade,
Sunday, My 31, 2009 - 8 Sivan 5769

Northeast Queens Vice Presidents Corinne Steel and Ethel Levine and delegate Jeff Berzon led a group of several hundred  marchers at the Salute to Israel Parade that ran from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on 5th Avenue, from 57th to 79th Streets, Manhattan.  This year's Parade Theme: Tel Aviv at 100This narration from Corinne Steel:

"We marched off 52nd Street and 5th earlier than expected, at 11:45 a.m., rather than between Noon and 12:45 p.m.. We got to the starting point at 57th Street, close to Noon.  We were, I believe, close to the forefront of the marchers, with our HAPPY BIRTHDAY cards, signatures of our 13 groups on the back, and a 14th with the signatures of our full committee.  Kudos to everyone.

"It was a lot of work, both at Marathon, many hands working on the main banner, and also in their own bailiwicks, each working on a  Tel Aviv theme (from Architecture to Transportation, etc.) which was then attached to a 4x4 frame, and carried high by each synagogue/organization, along with its own banner.
The Council's banner was out in front, the main banner held aloft behind it, and then us, in alphabetical order.  They were all wonderful to work with, old hands that most of them were, and the newest group, the Big Apple Region BBYO

It was a beautiful day: WE WERE THERE, very proud and happy to have this opportunity to be together marching in back of the Council's banner, marching with our sisters and brothers, marching to show our love and support for Israel."   

When NEQJCC marchers passed the reviewing stand, they and all near heard the following narration:  "The Bay Terrace Jewish Center, Bellerose Jewish Center, Big Apple Region BBYO, Congregation Bene Naharayim / Babylonian Jewish Center, Hillcrest Jewish Center, Hollis Hills Jewish Center, Israel Center Of Conservative Judaism, Lake Success Jewish Center, Little Neck Jewish Center, Marathon Jewish Center, Oakland Jewish Center, The Samuel Field Y, and the Whitestone Hebrew Centre, marching today in celebration of Tel Aviv's 100th Birthday, represent the 33 synagogues and institutions that make up the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council.

"The Pride and the love that we have for Israel and its multitude of achievements are expressed today in our celebration of Tel Aviv's 100th Birthday. Each one of the letters on the greeting card is represented by a facet of this great city: technology, education, love (ahava), arts, vacation, industry, and vision - for the future. Planning together, working together and marching together brings our community to life.

"Proud Tel Avivniks like to compare their home city to New York City - The Big Apple. They call Tel Aviv The Big Orange. We Are Flattered By The Comparison."

Photos that follow are all courtesy of Joseph Levine, NEQJCC. (to be posted soon)

A sea of orange- the marchers from Northeast Queens

Northeast Queens JCC banner leads our contingent

Marchers carry our Tel Aviv banner

Bellerose Jewish Center

Hillcrest Jewish Center

more marchers

Hillcrest Jewish Center

Northeast Queens giant birthday card for Tel Aviv (signatures view)

Israel Center of Conservative Judaism

Lake Success Jewish Center

Little Neck Jewish Center

Marathon Jewish Community Center

Oakland Jewish Center

Oakland's display banner

Samuel Field Y

Whitestone Hebrew Centre

Big Apple Region BBYO

marchers from Bellerose JC

marchers from Bellerose JC

spectators from Northeast Queens

Photos below taken by Judith Leight, Bellerose Jewish Center:

NEQJCC's Banner

NEQJCC's Banner - another view

Bellerose Jewish Center marchers display their schul and parade banners

Another view of Bellerose JC marchers

Breakfast before departing Bellerose JC for the parade


See the photos from the 2008 Parade.

See the photos from the 2007 Parade.

See the photos from the 2006 Parade.

See the photos from the 2005 Parade.

See the photos from the 2004 Parade.



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