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The Rabbi, The Mayor and A Blue and White Parade in Edison, NJ

In honor of Lag B’Omer, which starts tonight, here’s a post about the previous Jewish holiday, Yom HaAtzmaut. Maybe by Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, I’ll have something to say about Lag B’Omer.

Two weeks ago was the annual RPRY (Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva) march around the block for Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut). This “little” parade isn’t so little; with parents and neighbors in attendance, the numbers in the crowd may have reached 800.

One of people who came to the parade was Mayor of Edison Jun Choi. Here is RPRY Principal Rabbi Gross introducing Mayor Choi (wearing tan suit), as he calls Edison “best city in the world outside of Yerushalayim” (Jerusalem).

And here is Mayor Choi declaring Rabbi Gross his favorite Jewish day school principal, possibly his favorite educator. You could tell they were both enjoying each other.

There is an upcoming mayoral primary in Edison: you can find out more by visiting Jun Choi’s website and Antonia Ricigliano’s website. One of my son’s RPRY teachers, “Morah” Rachel Callen, is on Jun Choi’s campaign signs (it doesn’t say “morah” – teacher – on the sign, but that is how we think of her).

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Not everyone who marched was a human being. This dog was quite popular.

Mrs. S. says

Looks like fun!

Ilana-Davita says

Interesting post. We ave nothing like this here, even in places with larger Jewish communities. I'd tend to think that religion is more private in France than in the US or the UK.

Leora says

Interesting contrast: politicians in the U.S. often show up for dinners and parades. But this is the first time I remember a politician at the "little" RPRY parade.

Carver says

That looks like a wonderful parade. Loved all the shots and I can see why the dog was popular.

Batya says

wonderful looking parade
I used to dance down 5th Avenue.


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