The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island is chartering a bus on June 4 so Rhode islanders can join over 40,000 (yes, you read that right!) children, teens and adults in marching down New York City’s Fifth Avenue as participants in the annual Celebrate Israel Parade.
The Celebrate Israel Parade is the world’s largest expression of solidarity with the Jewish state.
After marching, spectators can watch American and Israeli community leaders and dignitaries, entertainers, artists, musicians, dancers, celebrities, floats and marching bands.
Since 1965, hundreds of thousands of people have come together annually to march in or watch the Celebrate Israel Parade, expressing their love and support for Israel. Those making the trip to New York on the Alliance’s bus will march together as proud representatives of Rhode Island.
Embracing Jewish people from all over the world and all walks of life, this year’s parade has been expanded to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Israel’s founding. The theme will be: Israel @ 75: Renewing the Hope.
The coach bus is scheduled to depart from the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, for New York City at about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 4. Participants should bring bag lunches; the bus will stop at a kosher restaurant for dinner on the return trip.
The bus is expected to arrive back at the JCC at about 10 p.m. The number of seats on the bus is limited. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Children in seventh grade or higher are welcome, but participants in grades 7 to 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone who attends must be capable of walking a mile.
The cost is $54 for adults, $36 for children and teens, and $108 for families of three or four, and includes bus transportation, a T-shirt, a kosher dinner and kosher snacks. Special pricing is available for larger families; to inquire, contact Elihay Skital, community shaliach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LARRY KATZ (email@example.com) is the director of Jewish life and learning at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.