Israeli celebration at NY's famed Apollo Theater

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 |  staff writer

The African American community of New York celebrated Israel’s 60 years of independence as more than 1,500 blacks gathered in Harlem at the famous Apollo Theater on Tuesday for an evening saluting Israel.

Three black gospel groups performed along with a number of musical stars and there was a special guest appearance by Israeli hip hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari. The event was an initiative of the Israeli Consulate General in New York and was broadcast on NBC.

Consul for Media and Public Affairs David Saranga said that the performance is part of a series of events and projects in New York in May and June with a goal of commemorating Israel’s 60 years including the screening of top celebrities congratulating Israel in Times Square.

Also, 20,000 people came out to a special event for Israel’s 60th birthday celebration in Toronto.

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