Some 25,000 people of all ages are expected at the 20th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park. The Carl Freyer, z’l, Tribute, Dr. Manfred Lehmann Memorial event will be held at Central Park’s Bandshell (a new location—enter at Fifth Avenue and 72nd Street) on Sunday, June 2 (the 46th anniversary of the miracle of the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem), 2:30–7:30 p.m. After the Salute to Israel Parade, the concert is planned rain or shine, free admission. Dr. Joseph Frager, longtime organizer, and Dr. Paul and Drora Brody, chairpersons for the past eight years, have announced the concert’s themes: Israel And Jerusalem: Ours, United, Forever—Never to be divided again. No further concessions of any part of the Land of Israel, and stopping 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. It pays special tribute again this year to Carl Freyer, z’l. Carl, together with his wife Sylvia, founded the concert in response to a call by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, 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 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, z’l, the event’s first chairman, and Rose and Reuben Mattus, z’l, of Haagen-Dazs fame.
The guest speakers will be the eloquent MK Danny Danon, Deputy Defense Minister of Israel, and Ambassador John Bolton, an expert on the situation in Iran and a staunch supporter of Israel. Special appearances will be made by leading political and religious leaders, and by Jewish activists, focusing on the event’s all-important themes.
Exciting performers include a burst of musical and singing talent. The headliners are LIPA!, the masterful singer and showman, and Edon, who proudly wore his kippah as he achieved semi-finalist status on America’s Got Talent, a nationally televised contest viewed worldwide. Elron Zabatani, of Jerusalem’s Old City, will be accompanied by Shlomi Aharoni, directly from Israel, who is an alumnus of the Rabbinical IDF Orchestra & Choir. Jerry Markovitz, Sandy Shmuely, and Dr. Meyer Abittan are talented 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 be performing 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 will be provided by the incomparable Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers. Avinu Shebashamayim and the theme from Exodus (“This Land is Mine, G‑d Gave This Land to Me”) will be rendered by cardiologist Dr. Meyer Abittan, who always sings with heart! The multitalented, longtime producer and director, Zvika Bornstein, will be the musical producer of the event. The renowned Nachum Segal will again 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 ruach, 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 strongly advised as there will be added security checks, and only one entry line to the bandshell. For security reasons, no large backpacks or bags will be allowed into the concert. Photo ID is required for entry.
Anyone interested in joining the sponsor/VIP list, contact 917-650-5623 immediately. For more information, visit www.IsraelDayConcert.com. v