Events, Israel, MBJCC

6/3/18 (THIS SUNDAY) – JOIN US IN MARCHING TO CELEBRATE ISRAEL!!

Cost is $13 per adult, $9 per child.  Includes free keepsake t-shirt!

Join our group on the LIRR, or drive.  For those who want to join us on the LIRR, we will be taking the 9:18 a.m. train departing from the Merrick LIRR station, which arrives at Penn  Station at 10:07 a.m.

Our group is scheduled to march at about 11:45 a.m.  We must assemble on 52nd Street just west of Madison Avenue at 11:00 a.m.  We expect to be called to move out onto Fifth Ave to begin marching sometime between 11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Entire parade goes 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Our actual march time will only last about 30 minutes. 

We hope to see you there!!!

Israel Parade

Holidays, Israel, Yom Yerushalayim

Happy Yom Yerushalayim!

When Israel’s War of Independence concluded, Israel controlled the new city of Jerusalem, but Jordan controlled the Old City, where the Western Wall is located.  

In the armistice agreement, Jordan agreed to permit Jews to visit and pray at the Western Wall.  However, it never honored that agreement, and instead forbade Jews from entering the Old City.

On Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), we celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War.

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(David Rubinger’s famous photograph of IDF soldiers after liberating the Western Wall in June 1967)

On June 7, 1967, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan declared:

This morning, the Israel Defense Forces liberated Jerusalem. We have united Jerusalem, the divided capital of Israel. We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to part from it again. To our Arab neighbors we extend, also at this hour—and with added emphasis at this hour—our hand in peace. And to our Christian and Muslim fellow citizens, we solemnly promise full religious freedom and rights. We did not come to Jerusalem for the sake of other peoples’ holy places, and not to interfere with the adherents of other faiths, but in order to safeguard its entirety, and to live there together with others, in unity.

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Photo captions (June 7, 1967):
1. Aerial view of Mosque of Omar and Western Wall, Old City of Jerusalem (GPO/Ilan Bruner)
2. Israeli troops with armored car in front of Lions Gatd in the Old City of Jerusalem (GPO/Ilan Bruner)
3. IDF Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin invites Defense Minister Moshe Dayan to the Western Wall (GPO/Ilan Bruner)
4. IDF Chief Chaplain Rabbi Shlomo Goren carrying a Torah scroll at the Western Wall (GPO/Eli Landau)
Food, Holidays, Lag B'Omer, MBJCC, Youth

5/3/18 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm: LAG B’OMER BBQ IN WANTAGH PARK

Join us at the Fire Ring in Wantagh Park on Thursday, May 3 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm for an awesome BBQ to celebrate Lag B’Omer!

Lag B'Omer

  • Watch awesome Multi Talents – with Stilt walking, balancing, mini bike & more!

  • Exciting games of Soccer sponsored by sss_logo.png 

  • Fun Jewish Crafts!

  • Relay Races!

  • Kumzitz songs, smores & stories around the bonfire!

  • Kosher BBQ & food will be available for purchase

Open to the entire community!  Fun for the entire family!

Bring your own camp chairs, blanket, warm jackets & your Jewish pride!

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Directions to Wantagh Park: Take the Wantagh Parkway south. Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at Sunrise Highway East. Make a right onto Wantagh Avenue. Take to the end and make right onto Merrick Road. At first light make a left into park. Follow the park service road past the administration building. There is a swimming pool a bit past the admin bldg on the left. Turn left into the parking lot before you pass the swimming pool. The bonfire ring is to the east of the pool.

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Sponsored by the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council in partnership with the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, the Jewish Committee on Scouting of Theodore Roosevelt Council, and Boy Scouts of America.