New York—Ten of thousands of people are expected to attend the 20th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, a memorial tribute to original organizers, Carl Freyer and Dr. Manfred Lehmann, z’l.
This year the concert will be held after the Salute to Israel Parade at the Central Park Bandshell from 2:30-7:30 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is free. PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.
Dr. Joseph Frager and Dr. Paul and Mrs. Drora Brody have chaired the concert for the last eight years. They announced this year’s theme:
ISRAEL and JERUSALEM: OURS, UNITED, FOREVER—Never to be divided. No further concessions of ANY part of the Land of Israel, and Stop Iran NOW!
The concert, which effectively is the largest rally of its kind in North America—possibly in the world—is sponsored by the Israel Concert-In-The-Park Committee, associated with Young Israel Chovevei Zion and the National Council of Young Israel.
Carl Freyer and his wife Sylvia funded the first concert in response to a call by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, when he asked them to mount some form of protest to the notorious 1993 Oslo accords.
Mr. Freyer was a leader of the Nationalist camp and a supporter of numerous causes for many years, impacting every aspect of Jewish life in America and Israel. He and his wife were founders of Arutz Sheva and the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP).
The Concert/Rally also salutes noted Jewish activists and philanthropists Dr. Manfred R. Lehmann who was the event’s first chairman, and Rose and Reuben Mattus, z’l, founders of Haagen Dazs Ice Cream and enthusiastic supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane.
Guest speakers will MK Danny Danon, Deputy Defense Minister of Israel, and former American UN Ambassador John Bolton. Special appearances will be made by leading political and religious leaders, and Jewish activists.
The concert headliners are LIPA!, the masterful singer and showman, and EDON, who proudly wore his kippa as a semi-finalist status on NBC’s network show, America’s Got Talent, viewed world-wide. Elron Zabatani of Jerusalem’s Old City will be accompanied by Shlomi Aharoni, an alumnus of the Rabbinical IDF Orchestra & Choir. Jerry Markovitz, Sandy Shmuely and Dr. Meyer Abittan are seasoned veterans who will be performing, as well.
Winner of the Jewish Star contest, Choni G from Johannesburg, South Africa, will make his debut in Central Park. The Junior Division winner of the Jewish Star, Dovid Moskovits, will perform again this year. Chaim Kiss, Izzy Kieffer and Heshy R. are all past performers at the Israel Day Concert who will be returning to join the festivities.
Musical accompaniment is provided by the incomparable Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers. Aveinu Shebashamayim and the theme from Exodus will be rendered by cardiologist Dr. Meyer Abittan, who always sings “with heart!” The concert producer is the multi-talented, long-time producer and director, Zvika Bornstein, and radio personality Nachum Segal will emcee.
Special thanks to Chaim Leibtag and Rabbi Binny Maryles of the National Council of Young Israel for their invaluable advice and guidance. Delicious, strictly kosher food and drinks will be available, supplied by famous Mendy’s.
Bring your spirit, determination and Jewish pride, together with your family and your friends, to this massive concert/rally, so our voices will be heard around the world.
Early arrival is advised as there will be only one entry line to the Bandshell with added security checks. For security reasons, no large backpacks or bags will be allowed into the concert. Photo ID required for entry.
Anyone interested in joining the SPONSOR/VIP LIST, contact 917-650-5623 immediately. For more information, go to www.IsraelDayConcert.com