* We shouldnt take Israel for granted. This really is a momentous occasion to say, Here we are 50 years later!
-- Dr. Adena Berkowitz, consultant to Hadassah
* I had four radio interviews, one TV interview, I was in Bryant Park with Mayor Giuliani. . . . Thats enough for one day.
-- Shmuel Sisso, Israeli ambassador
* All 1,100 residents were treated to Israeli food. . . . We sent a bus into the Riverdale parade which residents and youngsters decorated in balloons and Jewish stars.
-- Daniel Reingold, Hebrew Home for the Aged
* We havent done anything special, but maybe well put Israeli salad
-- Paul Whitman, Fischer Brothers & Leslie, kosher food shop
* We have enough work to do here to worry about Israels independence. Were very busy here.
-- waiter,Ratners Dairy Restaurant