Nearly 300,000 gather for largest pro-Israel rally in history

“We come together as a family - one big mishpacha - to march for Israel. There is no greater and more just cause than this.” --Israeli President Israel Herzog at the March for Israel

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations co-hosted the March for Israel, the largest pro-Israel gathering in U.S. History.
290,000 people came together on the National Mall, with an additional 250,000 online, to show solidarity with the Israeli people, demand the immediate release of the remaining hostages and condemn the rising trend of antisemitic violence and harassment.

The diverse roster of speakers included the top leadership of both U.S. parties, relatives of hostages, college students, entertainers, influencers, allies, and many others: 

  • Tovah Feldshuh, Actress 
  • Van Jones, CNN Political Commentator 
  • Maccabeats, Acapella Group
  • Omer Adam, Israeli Artist 
  • Natan Sharansky, Former Soviet Dissident 
  • Arielle Mokhtarzadeh, Milken Institute 
  • Mijal Bitton, Shalom Hartman Institute 
  • Harriet Schleifer, Chair, Conference of Presidents 
  •  Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt, U.S. Special Envoy to Combat Antisemitism 
  • Julie Platt, Chair of Board, Jewish Federations of North America 
  • Israeli President Isaac Herzog 
  • Ishay Ribo, Israeli Artist
  • Pastor John Hagee, Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church, San Antonio 
  • Rochelle Ford, President, Dillard University
  • Anila Ali, Pakistani American Muslim, Women’s Rights Activist 
  • Debra Messing, Actress
  • Orna Neutra, Mother of Hostage Omer Neutra 
  • Alana Zeitchik, Cousin of Six Hostages 
  • Rachel Goldberg, Mother of Hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin 
  • Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Task Force Combatting Antisemitism: Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC) 
  • Israeli Ambassador Michael Herzog 
  • Harriet Schleifer, Chair, Conference of Presidents 
  • Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) 
  • Democratic Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) 
  • Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) 
  • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) 
  • Sabrina Soffer, George Washington University Student 
  • Noa Fay, Columbia University Student
  • Eric Fingerhut, President & CEO, Jewish Federations of North America 
  • William Daroff, CEO, Conference of Presidents

Several musicians also performed at the event, including Ishay Ribo, Omer Adam, Matisyahu, and the acapella group The Maccabeats. Matisyahu and The Maccabeats performed a rendition of Matisyahu's hit song "One Day."

“We stand here together on the National Mall, proudly, to declare our unity in face of the most dangerous threat to the Jewish people since the Holocaust – the need to defeat the murderous, barbarous Hamas army that has already tortured and murdered thousands of Jews and will continue on this path if not stopped,” said Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America.

“We thank and appreciate the bipartisan support of Israel from the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the United States Congress, all reflected here today.  We want them to know that support for Israel in America is overwhelming, is bipartisan and transcends geography and ideology,” said William Daroff, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Watch the full event here, and see clips of the event on our Instagram channel here.