Preparations for Atzeres Tefilla on Sunday in Full Swing; Tens of Thousands Expected in Lower Manhattan

atz 4A broad spectrum of American Kehillos are participating in the Atzeres Tefillah which will take place on the streets of Lower Manhattan this Sunday.

The gathering will echo last week’s huge atzeres tefilla in Yerushalyim, which brought out hundreds of thousands of Jews in response to the Israeli government’s ongoing attempt at social engineering of the charedi community, including wholesale conscription of bnei yeshiva.

A Kol Korei signed by dozens of prominent Admoirim, Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbonim representing a broad spectrum of the chareidi tzibbur, urging attendance at this massive Atzeres, will be released within the next few hours.

The New York asifa will take place on Water Street in lower Manhattan – between Fulton Street and Broad Street – this Sunday, 7 Adar Sheni (March 9) at 2:00 p.m. It will begin with Mincha and followed by Tehillim and tefillos b’Tzibbur, led by Gedolei Yisroel. A special area for women is also being arranged.

The podium where the shaliach tzibbur will stand will be on the corner of Water Street and Old Slip (midway between Broad Street and Wall Street).

In anticipation and preparation of the Atzeres Tefilla, a Teleconference outlining the background and purpose of the Atzeres Tefilla, the participating Kehillos and Yeshivos, as well as the details regarding the logistics of the day’s events will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The call in number is 212.444.1323.

New York residents are being urged to take public transportation to the site, which is well serviced by the subway system with many subway lines stopping in the area. (A boat ride is also available). Organizers urge participants not to drive into Manhattan for the gathering. This applies as well to individuals driving in from points outside the city, who should park in Brooklyn or New Jersey and take a train into Manhattan.

Buses are expected to bring participants from communities outside the immediate New York area, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, upstate New York, Orange, Sullivan and Rockland counties, Lakewood, and other New Jersey communities.

Detailed maps of the area, with access points, bus parking areas, and the streets set aside for women will be released later this week.

The weather Sunday is predicted to be milder than what the East Coast is experiencing this week, with Accuweather forecasting temperatures in the low 40’s with calm winds.

There will be a significant security presence in the area, and the NYPD will conduct periodic sweeps before the event. Most major streets in the area will be closed to vehicular traffic and all participants will have to go through a security check before being allowed in. Organizers ask that attendees not bring knapsacks, briefcases or packages in order to keep lines flowing.

Hatzolah and Shomrim will be on hand.

In order to maintain the decorum and dignity of the Atzeres, police will not permit signs or placards.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available. [TLS]

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  1. why is it being done at this location or part of manhattan? whats the landmark? is that where the Israeli embassy is? or something else there?

  2. Isn’t it a bit strange that there are no official letters, signs etc with signatures? Its already Wed night and other then here and a few other blogs there is nothing. I got an email about a tel conference tomorrow but isn’t Thursday afternoon late for many people to plan for Sunday?
    Something doesn’t add up.

  3. They shoulda done it in Met Life or CitiField. Theyre both empty now. And they have parking & bathrooms. I sometimes wonder why Im not in charge.

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