Ellie, 8, Nathan, 6, and Asher, 6, Moskowitz of Bloomfield Hills lead the charge with
their father Rabbi Michael Moskowitz of Temple Shir Shalom, right, not far behind.
Showing support: Rina Edelson and brother Jacob, 8, of Franklin; Danny Devries, 20,
of West Bloomfield; Alexis Zimberg, 20, of Walled Lake; Anat Yaacov, 20, of Franklin.
For Love Of Israel
1200 walk in
May 10 g 2007
Special to the Jewish News
ome were drawn by a talk from an Israel Defense Forces
general. Others were attracted by the 2.2-mile walk on
Walnut Lake Road, the Hadassah Family Fun Fair, an
AIPAC-sponsored community picnic or the music and dancing.
Whatever the reasons, the desire to celebrate and support the
State of Israel was what united the 1,200 people who attended the
second annual Israel Walk in West Bloomfield on May 6, which also
was Lag B'Omer. The holiday marks the 33rd day of the Omer and
commemorates a break in the plague during the lifetime of Rabbi
Akiba. The Omer, between Passover and Shavuot, is a time of par-
The walk was organized completely by volunteers led by Mark
Segel of West Bloomfield. More that 50 area organizations and insti-
tutions, Jewish and non-Jewish, assisted in the public celebration
of the 59th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state. Israel
Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut, fell on 5 Iyar (April 23).
"Whatever we can do to help promote peace in our homeland,
we're here to do it',' said Steve Chadwick of Farmington Hills,
who attended the event in a wheelchair with his leg elevated and
wrapped. "We're not getting out of the house much, but we made
it out for this': said Carol Berg, who wheeled him for much of the
walk that started at Temple Shir Shalom, progressed to Temple Kol
Ami, then ended back at the Shir Shalom parking lot.
The West Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees waived the esti-
mated $1,200 cost of police and fire personnel on hand to help. "It's
an important community event; and the people putting it on didn't
do it for profit, but for the community:' said Trustee Stuart Brickner,
who joined the gathering. No safety problems were reported.
Jamie Rabotnick, a 10th-grader at the Frankel Jewish Academy
in West Bloomfield, was among the dozen academy students who
took part. "The Jewish community needs to have a connection with
Israel and show our support': she said.
Elaine Serling of West Bloomfield, who walked with her husband,
Michael, agreed. "It's important to have visibility in our city so
people know about the strength of our support': she said.