Men and boys of all ages traveled to the Nassau Coliseum from Borough Park, Williamsburg, Kiryas Joel, Lakewood, Montreal and beyond going through metal detectors to ensure security at the event which was also patrolled by members of the Nassau County Police Department who circled the venue on horseback.
Visitors were greeted with bags containing light refreshments and a small pair of binoculars, with a decision made not to utilize the jumbo screens in the coliseum because of videos are frowned upon, explained Yitz Farkas, one of the event’s organizers.
Many brought their own high powered binoculars with them in order to get a better view of the convention’s proceedings, which lasted longer than the expected three hours.
Among those who spoke at the event were Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, head of the Eidah Charedis in Jerusalem, Rabbi Getzel Berkowitz of the Kiryas Joel Beis Din, Rabbi Shmaye Lev of the Satmar Beis Din in London and Rabbi Yaakov Koppel Schwartz of Israel. The Satmar Grand Rebbe, Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum, spoke for well over an hour about the dangers of Zionism and announced the creation of a new foundation called Shekel Hakodesh which would provide financial relief to Israeli schools that do not accept government funding.
Extra seating was arranged on the floor of the arena to accommodate the crowd.