Atlantans show their support for the State of Israel at rally earlier this month. PHOTO / Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

A huge crowd turned out to show their support for the State of Israel at the Israel Solidarity Rally at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on the evening of Tues., Nov. 20. Attendees came bearing the Jewish State’s flag and Hebrew script on their clothing.

AA’s senior rabbi, Rabbi Neil Sandler, gave an opening prayer and was followed by several distinguished speakers: Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed; Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta CEO Michael Horowitz; Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast Opher Aviran; and Emory University Schatten Professor Kenneth Stein.

Finally, Rabbi Adam Starr of Young Israel of Toco Hills gave the concluding prayer and added a personal touch to the proceedings by sharing the story of his brother, sister-in-law and nephews, who live in Israel and are protected by the Iron Dome defense system made possible with United States support.

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