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A Message from Our Honoree
Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier

Dear Friends,

Forty-six years have passed since Jerusalem was reunited under Jewish sovereignty. Blessed is our generation to live with a reality that was but a prayer and a dream for our grandparents!

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) is tomorrow Wednesday, May 8th. Thousands will crowd Jerusalem’s Western Wall Plaza for dancing and prayers of thanksgiving, and similar celebrations will take place throughout Israel and the Jewish world.

Below, are links  to two special videos:    

1 –A Letter to the World from Jerusalem, 1969. More that four decades after the letter was written, it still encapsulates our response to those who, G-d forbid, would divide Jerusalem again.

2 - A personal account of the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem by General Uzi Narkis, who commanded the liberating forces in June 1967. This interview was filmed 10 days before Gen. Narkis passed away in 1997, and it was first released to the public forYom Yerushalayim 2011. A stunning chapter of our history is told by one of those who made it.


I hope that you will join us for festive services tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM, with Hallel led by Cantor Malovany and a celebratory breakfast immediately following.

For 3000 years, Jerusalem has been our capital and the spiritual heart of our nation. Today, it is also a thriving, modern metropolis. Fortunate are the eyes that behold the City of Gold in her splendor.

Chag Sameach,

Yaakov Y. Kermaier

Fifth Avenue Synagogue