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Mayor Adams Announces City Hall, Other City Buildings Will be lit Blue and White Tonight in Honor of Israeli Independence Day

April 25, 2023

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced today that City Hall and other municipal buildings will be lit blue and white tonight in honor of Israeli Independence Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

“On Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, we celebrate freedom for those in Israel and around the world,” said Mayor Adams. “New York City stands side by side with our neighbors, the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel, to honor three-quarters of a century promoting peace and security in the Middle East and hope and opportunity across the globe.”

In addition to City Hall, the following city buildings will be lit up starting tonight at sundown:

  • Bronx County Courthouse: 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
  • The David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building: 1 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007
  • Queens Borough Hall: 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11424
  • Staten Island Borough Hall: 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

“As a proud Jewish New Yorker, I want to thank Mayor Adams for lighting New York City in blue and white tonight to honor the 75th anniversary of the independent Jewish State of Israel,” said Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, president, World Jewish Congress. “Over the last 75 years, we have witnessed the miracle of the rebirth of the homeland of the Jewish people, and I cannot wait to see what the next 75 years bring. Am Yisrael Chai.”

“Seventy-five years ago, the dream of a modern Jewish democratic State of Israel became a reality,” said Eric S. Goldstein, CEO, UJA-Federation of New York. “On this milestone birthday, these lights represent a New York City united with the State of Israel, and we thank Mayor Adams for his longstanding support and commitment to this critical relationship.”

“Today we join people throughout the world in celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day,” said Gideon Taylor, CEO, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY). “Standing with New York’s Jewish community, JCRC-NY wants to wish Israel a happy 75th birthday. We wish to also thank Mayor Eric Adams for recognizing the unique bond that Israel shares with our great city by lighting up municipal buildings blue and white. We hope to see all of you on June 4th as we continue the celebration on Fifth Avenue at the Celebrate Israel Parade.”

“On behalf of the Israeli-American community, we thank Mayor Adams and the City of New York for this bold statement of solidarity with the State of Israel on its 75th anniversary, and for telling the story of the unbreakable bond between the U.S. and Israel,” said Shoham Nicolet, cofounder and CEO, Israeli-American Council.

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Day of Independence) marks the day on the Hebrew calendar that corresponds to the day the new State of Israel formally declared its independence in 1948 after the cessation of the British Mandate. It is preceded annually by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s official memorial day honoring fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.


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