20,000 people are expected for the 19th Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, Carl Freyer, z"l Tribute, Dr. Manfred Lehmann Memorial event, which will be held at Central Park's Summer Stage (enter at 5th Ave. & 72nd St.), Sunday, June 3rd (the 45th anniversary of the miracle of the Six-Day War and the Re-unification of Jerusalem), from 2:30-7:30 PM, rain or shine, free admission, after the Salute to Israel Parade. Dr. Joseph Frager, long-time Organizer, and Dr. Paul and Drora Brody, Chairpersons, for the past 7 years, have announced the concert's themes: Jerusalem United Forever--Never to be divided again, No further concessions of ANY part of the Land of Israel, and Stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons NOW, before it is too late!
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, 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 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 z'l, who was the event's first Chairman, and Rose and Reuben Mattus z'l, of Haagen-Dazs fame.
The Guest Speaker will be the eloquent MK Danny Danon, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and Chairman of World Likud. Special appearances will be made by leading political and religious leaders and Jewish activists, focusing on the event's all-important themes. Rabbi David Algaze, President of the World Committee for the Land of Israel; Israel Prize winner, former MK Rabbi Chaim Druckman; Soviet refusenik and "Prisoner of Zion" Yosef Mendelevitch; Mark Langfan, creator of strategic maps of Yehuda and Shomron; and Scott Feltman, Executive Vice President of the One Israel Fund, are among the many exciting speakers.
Special performers include a burst of musical and singing talent: Yehuda Green, protege of Reb Shlomo Carlebach; Sephardic stalwarts Avi Peretz and the Ouri Bitan Band, and Avner Levy; Tal Vaknin and Shlomi Aharoni, directly from Israel, both alumni of the Rabbinical IDF Orchestra & Choir; Chaim Kiss; Izzy Kieffer, also an alumnus of the Rabbinicla IDF Orchestra & Choir, with Heshy R.; and Yitzy Bald's dazzling New York Boys Choir. Mendel Piekarski and Shlomo Skolnick, "Jewish Star" Junior Finalists, will make their debut on the SummerStage. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the incomparable Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers. The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind will poignantly remind us just what Israel is capable of when they exhibit their inestimable value to visually impaired clients. Hatikva and the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Chazzan Joel Kaplan of Cong. Beth Sholom of Lawence. Aveinu Shebashamayim and the theme from Exodus ("This Land is MINE, G-d GAVE This Land to ME") will be rendered by Jerry Markovitz. Nachum Segal will again Emcee. Zev Brenner will be producing a show of the Concert/Rally for television. Barry Brown Studios is the official Concert photographer.
Delicious, strictly kosher food and drinks will be available, supplied by Mendys. 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 advised as there will be added security checks. Anyone interested in joining the SPONSOR/VIP LIST, contact 917-650-5623 immediately.