By Cindy Grosz

The Annual Israel Day Concert in Central Park, with the theme of “Israel 70 Years Young, Israel 70 Years Strong” is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. at Central Park’s Summer Stage; enter at 5th Avenue and 72nd Street.

This year, there is so much celebration and anticipation for the annual concert given the recent current events. I am honored that I was asked to be the publicity and marketing chairperson of the celebration. This is my first time holding that position and actually taking part in the concert, amazingly, even as an audience participant. Join me for some sneak peeks.

The bigger, more diverse lineup of performers, speakers, and distinguished guests include Izzy Kiefe, Marcos Molinaro. Rita Cosby, Jules Wainstein, Chele Farley, Siggy Flicker, Chaim Kiss, Mordechai Shapiro, Ken Abramowitz, Helen Freedman, Aaron Klein, David Weprin, Rory Lancman, Stacy Kessler, Morton Davis, Martin Oliner, Mort Klein, Pete Hegseth, UN Ambassador Danny Danon, Consulate General Dani Dayan, MK Yehuda Glick, Tal Vaknin, Knesset member Shuali Muallem, Knesset member Oded Forer, Knesset member Yoel Hasson, Avraham Fried, and Shlomie Dachs.

This year’s theme is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, the 51st anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem after the victory of the Six Day War, and the May 14, 2018, opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem on Yom Yerushalayim.

Five members of the Israeli government are flying into New York to publicly tell the 5,000 expected audience members “todah rabah.”

Rita Cosby, Emmy-winning co-host of the Curtis and Cosby radio show, and Pete Hegseth, co-host of Fox and Friends, will share personal stories of their recent visits to Israel. Hegseth filmed exclusive tours of the Iron Dome anti-missile battery system and Hamas tunnels.

Unique additions to this year’s lineup include three faces familiar to television viewers. Siggy Flicker, Jules Wainstein, and Stacy Kessler will share personal stories as to why Israel is special to them. Because of Siggy’s appearance at our concert, she was later asked and accepted to be a grand marshal at the Celebrate Israel Parade down Fifth Avenue earlier in the day.

The concert will honor those who have given their lives and those that serve in the Israel Defense Forces. We also will pay tribute to the United States Armed Forces. Free admission for all. Security will be at the entrance and bags will be checked. No backpacks and big handbags will be allowed at the concert and will be discarded by security. Kosher food for purchase will be available from Mendy’s. Weather forecast: Mid 60s, cloudy, no rain.

Come, bring your family and friends, and join the festivities of Israel 70 Years Young, Israel 70 Years Strong — Am Yisrael Chai!

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