Israel rally takes place May 9 at Cabot Square

The annual Israel Day rally attracts a large and enthusiastic crowd each year.

The annual Israel Day rally, which attracts some 10,000 people each year, is taking place 11 a.m. Thursday May 9 at a new location, Cabot Square at Ste. Catherine and Atwater downtown, organizers announced.

The usual rally location, Phillips Square, is in an area where there is extensive road infrastructure work taking place.

This year marks Israel 71st anniversary of independence.

“This multi-cultural event is the largest celebration for Israel in Canada,” organizers state. “People from all walks of life — students, seniors, politicians, Jews, Christians and all faiths come together to stand with Israel. Over the past 15 years, this important event has highlighted the relationship between Montreal and Israel. Please join us in this exciting celebration of Israel through song, dance and exciting guests.”

Free bus transportation will be available at various locations. No reservation is necessary and those interested should arrive 10 minutes before departures.

The departure locations are Quartier Cavendish (10 a.m.), the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre (10 a.m.) and Decarie Square (10 a.m.) in Côte St. Luc, the Beth Ora Synagogue (10 a.m.) in St. Laurent, Congregation Beth Tikvah in Dollard des Ormeaux (9:45 am), Shaar Shalom (9:45 am) in Chomedey; the YM-YWHA (10 a.m.) and the Wilderton Shopping Centre (10 a.m.) in Côte des Neiges; and Congregation Shaar Hashomayim (10 a.m.) in Westmount.

“If you are not taking a free shuttle bus, we highly recommend taking public transit or walking,” organizers added. “Streets will be closed in the vicinity and traffic and parking will be difficult.”

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