I have marched in the Israeli Day Parade for many years, but this year’s Celebrate Israel Parade marked my first time marching with Hillel. While our Pace University Hillel group was small, we were in great company, marching with more than 20 other Hillels from all over the East Coast.
Students from Hillels at Brooklyn College, Baruch College, Barnard College, Brandeis University, Binghamton University, Cornell University, Columbia University, College of Staten Island, City College of NY, Hofstra University, Hunter College, John Jay College, Kingsborough Community College, Long Island University, University of Maryland, NYU, Pace University, Queens College, Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University at Albany, and University of Pennsylvania marched down Fifth Avenue as a proud group.
We walked together from 57th Street to 74th Street under the sun to show our love and support for Israel. As college students, I believe the parade is especially important for us because it reminds us of all the strong support Israel has, which unfortunately isn’t always the case.
Once we reached the end of the parade route, we headed to the Jewish Museum for an after party sponsored by Bridging the Gap and Hillels of New York City, and generously funded by the UJA Federation of New York. We enjoyed delicious food, music, dancing, and prizes. It was an experience that I will always remember, and I recommend that every college student participate at least once.
Halyn Welkowitz is a current senior at Pace University studying Communications and Theatre. She is the current president of Pace University Hillel and is looking forward to the upcoming year.
Pictured, Left to Right: Callie Eidler (Pace Graduate Student), Halyn Welkowitz (Pace '14), Lisa Rifkind (NYU '14), Richard Steinholz (Molloy '10)