"We are here to celebrate
Yom HaAtzmaut for Israel
with our community.
We have 125 relatives
in Israel. We are here
to show our solidarity."
— Renah Bardenstein of Bloomfield Township,
eating pizza and salad with husband, Max
Zach Rosenthal, 17, of West Bloomfield and Shira
Bergman, 17, of Farmington Hills help serve pizza and
salad to the crowd.
Arthur Horwitz of West Bloomfield, publisher of the
Jewish News and honorary chairman of the Walk For
Israel, addresses the crowd before the walk begins.
"We are here every year.
I have a son and five
grandchildren in Jerusalem."
— Doug Miller of Franklin, with daughter Tania, 10,
and son Jacob, 4
Rabbi Robert Gamer of Congregation Beth Shalom says a prayer for
Enjoying the pizza are Michael and
Israel with his children Oz, 7, and Aryeh, 4. In the background are
Dawn Singer of Farmington Hills,
Andre Douville, left, event chairman and executive director of Temple
with Ethan, 6, Julia, 4, and Asher
Shir Shalom and, right, Rabbi Daniel A. Schwartz of Shir Shalom.
Frankel Jewish Academy students staff the JNF table:
Freya Gothelf, 17, of Huntington Woods; and Omer
Oppenheim, 17, Neil Rosenthal, 17, and Zach Rosenthal, 16,
all of West Bloomfield.
Michael Horowitz, president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, exhorts the attendees.
"I always volunteer. I'm Jewish and I believe
in supporting Israel. I can't walk, so I help."
— Marta Lazar of Commerce Township, helping to serve lunch to the 400 attendees
before the walk in the rain.
Isata Itkus of Southfield shows his spirit.
may 19 • 2011