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An open door to a holy city

Emunah Sohn, a volunteer working on the Yom Yerushalayim events, said that the time she has spent in Jerusalem has made her feel connected to the city, even though she is a New York resident.

"This is a labor of love for me because I spent a lot of time in Jerusalem," said Sohn. "And while I've lived here for a long time I feel connected to the city. No matter where anyone lives, each of us has a connection to Jerusalem."

Both the city and counties of Albany and Schenectady will pass resolutions marking the event, with resolutions from the state and a proclamation from Gov. David Paterson expected, according to Marc Gronich, Development Coordinator for Yom Yerushalayim.

Members of the Israeli Prime Minister's office have been invited to attend the event alongside Israeli diplomat Joel Lion, who serves as the spokesman for Media Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Gronich said that one of the hardest parts of putting the event together is making people aware of it. He said organizers have created mailings, electronically and through the post office, as well as a Facebook page.

"People are inundated with information, and we just have to deal with that, and that's been our biggest challenge," said Gronich.

For more information about the Yerushalayim event and the activities, go online to www.jerny.com.

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