American Jewish support to Israel during the 1948 War of Independence will be the theme on Tuesday, May 15, from 7-8 p.m. at a program coordinated by The Jewish War Veterans Capital District Council. It will be held at the NYS Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. May 15 marks the 70th anniversary of the war’s start as five Arab nations invaded the newly created State of Israel.
According to organizers, a key part of the survival of Israel in 1948 was the amount of American (and world) Jewish support, from political lobbying to fund-raising to arms purchases (smuggling) and the thousands of volunteers who made aliyah to Israel to offer their support as fighters.
“Many of those offering their support were WWII veterans who understood the risks of fighting once more overseas, putting their lives and their United States citizenship at risk to help the new Jewish State,” said Richard Goldenberg commander, Capital District Council adjutant, Albany Post 105 Jewish War Veterans of the USA.
A focus of the evening will be the service of Mickey Marcus, the former NY Army National Guard officer and WWII veteran who rose to the rank of colonel in the American Army and then devoted his life to serving the new Jewish State.