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1,000 Philadelphians Arrive in Israel

One thousand Jews from Philadelphia strode proudly and purposefully through the streets of downtown Jerusalem Sunday evening in a rousing demonstration of solidarity with the Jewish state and its capital city. They were greeted at City Hall by Mayor Teddy Kollek and other local leaders.

The mission, organized by the Federation of Jewish Agencies of Greater Philadelphia, is designed to boost flagging U.S. Jewish tourism to Israel as well as to offer a moral and political shot-in-the-arm for Israelis.

“We’ve heard that Israelis are feeling alone,” said Mimi Schneirov, president of the federation. She hopes her city’s effort will be the forerunner of others from the United States.