Crown Heights, NY — The wind and cool weather didn’t stop thousands of Crown Heights residents from joining the First Annual NY Friendship Walk on Sunday. Organizers and participants alike have labeled the event a major success.
The walk started at the Jewish Children’s Museum proceeding down Kingston Ave to Wingate High School where 4 blocks of rides, entertainment and food awaited the walkers. Hundreds Friendship Circle volunteers were on hand helping run the event, which lasted the entire day.
The VIP guest speakers included State Senetor Eric Adams, City Council Rep. Leticia James, Executive Director of Tzivos Hashem Rabbi Y. Benjaminson, Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz, Chabad comic Mendy Pellin and Director of Friendship Circle Rabbi Levi Eckhaus. There was also a moving speech by a Friendship Circle child Yehuda Reichman.
There were also breath-taking performances by the African Acrobatic Team as well as a petting zoo.
“It was beautiful to see the entire community coming together in unity,” said David Weinbaum, who helped organize the event. “In a year of Hakel, this is what will bring Moshiach!”