A world-class humanitarian aid concert
KindredSPIRITS’ first annual concert will be presented Thursday, June 5, 2008 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA’s premier concert venue.
The 125-voice First AME Church Gospel Choir with the L.A. Jewish Symphony, under the direction or Dr. Noreen Green will join with noted artists, Ilan Davidson, tenor, Alberto Mizrahi, tenor, Alisa Pomerantz-Boro, and David Propis in a concert of world music celebrating unity and peace.
The prestigious KindredSPIRITS Humanitarian Award will be presented to celebrity honorees: Dahlia Rabin and P.M. Yitzhak Rabin, z’I and corporate honoree: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
The 2,265-seat auditorium with natural lighting in which the audience surrounds the orchestra was designed to look and feel like a ship’s hull. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is wheelchair accessible and Phonic Ear sound system headsets for the hard of hearing.
From the stainless steel curves of its striking exterior to the state-of-the-art acoustics of the hardwood-paneled main auditorium, the 3.6-acre complex embodies the unique energy and creative spirit of the city of Los Angeles and the Resident Companies that call the Concert Hall home.
Magen David Adom
In 1940, a dedicated and concerned group of Americans realized the importance of Magen David Adom in Palestine, which was officially chartered and recognized as an emergency lifesaving service as a result of the murderous riots of 1929, when Jewish farming and urban settlements were attacked by the Arab population. Under the auspices of the B’nai Zion organization, and, particularly, the leadership of Herman Z. Quittman and Dr. Harris Levine, American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI)was incorporated in the State of New York to give medical assistance to the people of Israel (then Palestine).
The organization became affiliated with Magen David Adom and worked to upgrade MDA’s emergency medical and blood services. The assistance provided to MDA by ARMDI in those first years was crucial in the latter years of the British Mandate of Palestine and in the struggle with the Arabs.
Today, MDA and its team of trained volunteer and professional medical responders depend on AFMDA support to provide the entire nation’s pre-hospital emergency needs, including medical, disaster, ambulance and blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center, located in Ramat Gan, provides 100% of the blood requirements of the IDF and 95% of the blood needs for Israeli hospitals and the general population.
Bed-ridden with a broken leg and, for the first time, unable to help Israel, Yitzhak Rabin unwittingly foreshadowed his own role in history by lamenting, “Well, this is probably what a genius suffers; he isn’t recognized in his generation and only when he’s not present do people feel his absence.” A future Israeli Prime Minister, Rabin became a historic peacemaker through unconventional channels – 26 years of service in Israel’s defense forces, a lifelong passion for agriculture, and a quiet, hawkish reputation.
Unlike all previous Israeli Prime Ministers, Rabin was a sabra, or a Jew born in emergent Israel. Rosa Cohen, Rabin’s mother, who emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1917 and became one of the Yishuv’s most active pioneers, took little time from her revolutionary life to bear Rabin on March 1, 1922. Within a week, she returned to helping the poor, building schools and defending Jewish rights, inaugurating a lonely childhood that would shape Rabin’s personality. Cohen and Rabin’s father, Nehemiah, rarely spent time with Rabin and his sister, Rachel. They raised the children to believe fervently in the Zionist cause and the values of Spartan labor that defined the Jews in Britain’s Palestinian mandate.
At the age of six, Rabin began attending Beit Hachuch, the elite School for Workers’ Children that stressed freedom of thought. In an effort to promote the fraternity and cooperation that characterized the kibbutz lifestyle, the school allowed the children to skip classes and study subjects that interested them. One of Rabin’s most influential teachers, Eliezer Smoli, took students on frequent field trips, on one memorable day showing his charges an Arab village and imploring them to accept the Arabs as peaceful neighbors. Despite these lessons, religious tension ran through the British mandate, and in a 1929 Arab riot over the Wailing Wall, Rabin and Rachel watched alone and afraid as their mother administered care to the over 130 Jews dead or dying. Rabin’s peers at Beit Hachuch remember him as a quiet, serious child, self-conscious about his ginger hair and freckles — smart, but not necessarily a future leader.
When Rabin graduated from Beit Hachuch in 1935, he hoped to establish a quiet life, aiding Israel by making her arid deserts bloom with agriculture. He attended classes at Kibbutz Givat Halosha and then advanced to the Kadouri Agricultural School. In 1937, Rabin’s mother died, and he dedicated himself to honoring her memory, establishing a tenacious work ethic that emerged from his formerly unimposing demeanor. This vow became increasingly complicated to uphold when the agricultural school came under infrequent but heavy Arab fire. Nonetheless, Rabin finished top in his class in 1940, while also managing to meet and impress Hagana fighter Yigal Allon, who recognized the city boy’s analytical aptitude. As the formerly shy Rabin became increasingly involved in Allon’s raids and defense, he struggled between the choice of pursuing agricultural studies at the University of California, Berkeley, or remaining in Palestine and defending the Jewish community.
Fate intervened in 1941 while Rabin waited to hear from Berkeley. Allon helped form a special underground commando wing of the Hagana, the Palmach, and asked Rabin to participate. Rabin agreed, tabling his passion for agriculture in favor of a sense of duty to his people. Despite mixed British support, the Palmach successfully thwarted Nazi communications in the Middle East, but, more importantly, developed into a cohesive defender of the Yishuv. Within this transformation, young Rabin quietly grew, too, building an unsurpassed knowledge of guerilla warfare, and falling in love. On leave from the Palmach in Tel-Aviv in 1944, Rabin spotted 16-year-old Leah Schlossberg, the daughter of upper-middle class German industrialists, in Whitman’s ice cream shop. Quickly becoming a powerful, positive influence in Rabin’s life, Leah joined the Palmach in 1945, and no one was surprised when she asked to be placed in Rabin’s First Battalion.
While the Allied Powers rejoiced over the end of World War II, Palestine’s Jews realized that their war was just beginning. Britain’s Ernest Bevin planned to overturn the 1917 Balfour Declaration that secured a Jewish homeland, choosing instead to side with Arabs in immigration and land disputes. The Yishuv wanted to create a safe haven for the thousands of refugees pouring in from Europe, countering Bevin’s decrees through guerilla warfare. During these raids, Rabin impressed his superiors with his tactical prowess and dedication to the cause.
Dahlia Rabin is the daughter of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and is an attorney and Knesset member, Israel’s parliament. Elected to the Knesset in 1999 on the Center Party ticket, she has been Chairperson of the Ethics Committee and a member of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women; the State Control Committee; and the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of the Child. She also served as Chairperson of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies Administrative Committee. In March 2001, Rabin was appointed Deputy Minister of Defense. She resigned this post in July 2002.
After her retirement from the Knesset, Dahlia Rabin took on the task of furthering the work of her late father, while building and opening the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Israel.
KindredSPIRITS is proud to announce our first corporate recipient of the KindredSPIRITS Humanitarian Award, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Teva has been selected for its amazing work in bringing affordable pharmaceuticals to all people throughout the world, through the development of lower-cost generic pharmaceuticals.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in the development, production and marketing of generic and proprietary branded pharmaceuticals as well as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Teva is among the top 20 pharmaceutical companies and among the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Idustries Ltd., is the leading generic pharmaceutical company, marketing products from a wide range of therapeutic areas including analgesic, anti-infective, cardiovascular, oncology, CNS, dermatological and anti-inflammatory. Dosage forms include extended and immediate release tablets and capsules, injectables, creams, ointments, solutions, and suspensions. Teva USA products are marketed to chains, wholesalers, distributors, hospitals, managed care entities, and government agencies.
The KindredSPIRITS Humanitarian Award will be presented to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. at our event on June 5th, 2008 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.