On January 31, a special Yitzhak Rabin Foundation “Live the Legacy” event took place in Washington DC to honor past Rabin Leadership and Public Service award recipients and to thank them for making the Foundation’s successes possible.
Hosted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Rabin Leadership and Public Service award recipient, James P. Hoffa, the event celebrated the Foundation’s major accomplishments, including the non-profit’s role in completing the Yitzhak Rabin Center and Museum in Tel Aviv and support of important educational programs perpetuating the legacy of Yitzhak Rabin.
Specifically, the event highlighted the establishment of a second Rabin Fellowship in Post Graduate Democracy Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Each Fellowship funds one student in perpetuity during his/her studies in the Hebrew University’s “Advanced Graduate Studies Program (AGSP).”
The first Rabin Fellow, 33-year old Ofir Hadad, traveled from Israel and spoke to attendees about his studies, the importance of the Fellowship and how it has enabled him to devote the full time required to complete his studies, all while still supporting his family. In addition, Professor Reuven Hazan, Chair of the Department of Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and founder of the Advanced Graduate Studies Program was also present and spoke on the importance of Rabin’s legacy in educating Israel’s future leaders, “The program is designed to achieve three important goals, all of which advance Rabin’s vision for a better society: it provides a course of study on a high international level keeping the best and brightest students in Israel; it produces graduate students better prepared to enter public service; and it nurtures the necessary cadre of experts who will improve and reinforce Israel’s democratic infrastructure.”
The YRF recognized all 20 of its past Yitzhak Rabin Award recipients who helped to make the Yitzhak Rabin Foundation’s achievements possible. Those present included:
· Jim Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President
· Terry O’Sullivan, Laborers' International Union of North America General President
· J. David Cox, American Federation of Government Employees General President
· John Coli, Teamsters Joint Council 25 President
· Roger Smith, American Income Life and National Income Life Chairman and CEO
Recipients of the award were responsible for mobilizing support for the Yitzhak Rabin Foundation over the past several years. The Foundation is credited with completion of construction of the Yitzhak Rabin Center and Museum in Tel Aviv and support of its educational programs that reflect the living legacy of the late Prime Minister. The American Labor movement has been an integral part in in the achievements of the YRF. At the event, the five past honorees addressed guests and reflected on the importance of Labor supporting the State of Israel and democratic values. They also shared their own personal experiences visiting Israel as part of their Rabin Foundation delegations.
Proceeds from the night will establish a second “Yitzhak Rabin Fellowship” In Post Graduate Democracy studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The celebratory evening with close friends and supporters hosted in the intimate setting of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Penthouse overlooking the U.S. Capitol building, provided the opportunity for top supporters to focus on remembering Rabin and continue living the legacy in current and future endeavors.