NYC Hosts 2022 Celebrate Israel Parade

Fifth Street in New York City was filled with people celebrating and supporting Israel on Sunday in the first Celebrate Israel Parade since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Tens of thousands of people walked 1.5 miles, waving flags, dancing, and singing in 90-degree heat. The theme “Kulanu B’Yached” (“Together Again”) united the paraders that made up the sea of blue and white in the largest pro-Israel gathering outside of Israel. Local officials, including New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and Israeli leaders, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Diaspora Affairs Minister Nachman Shai, were present, celebrating in the city with the largest Jewish population outside of the Holy Land.

It makes me happy to see so much love for Israel in one of the biggest cities in the world. Jewish people need to be able to feel welcome and safe, so in light of so many recent instances of antisemitism and violent attacks, it’s important that New York City, a Jewish home away from home (Israel), opened its arms to remind Israel how many people love and support the nation. Let’s do it again next year!