Sen. Kaplan celebrates Israel’s Independence Day in state Capitol

Steven Blank

Originally published in The Island 360

On Wednesday, May 4 state Sen. Anna M. Kaplan (D-North Hills) held a celebration of Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) in the sate Capitol to honor the special relationship between Israel and New York State, and celebrate the 74th Anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel in the ancestral home of the Jewish people.

Ambassador Asaf Zamir, consul general of Israel in New York participated in the festivities along with representatives from AJC Global, AJC Long Island, AJC Westchester, and AJC New York, along with members of the community who made the trip to Albany for the special event.

Rabbi Michael Mishkin of Temple Beth Israel of Port Washington opened the Senate session by delivering a moving invocation to the members of the Senate and the special guests who had gathered for the celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.

During the Senate session, Kaplan passed Resolution J.2062, Congratulating the State of Israel upon the occasion of the 74th Anniversary of its Independence, and reaffirming the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the State of New York and Israel.