The Consulate General of Israel to New England recently marked the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin z”l in a series of activities commemorating his life and legacy.
Several elected officials in New England publicly recognized the exemplary life of this legendary soldier turned peacemaker. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 4 “Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Day.” In Massachusetts, both the State Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions honoring Rabin. These efforts were spearheaded by Majority Leader Cynthia Creem and Rep. Ruth Balser.
These public statements are a testament to the powerful legacy of Rabin. His quest for peace in the Middle East continues to inspire the American people to this day.
This online event, watched by over a thousand people, highlighted the connection between the history of Israeli music and Rabin’s life, which spanned the period of 1922-1995. Outgoing Consul General Ambassador Zeev Boker, who worked with the late prime minister, shared memories of Rabin’s love for poetry and music. This was followed by Sen. Cynthia Creem and Rep. Kay Khan’s presentation of their respective resolutions.
A musical program curated by Israeli music historian Hayim Kobi depicted the story of Rabin and celebrated the evolution of Israeli music throughout his lifetime. Kobi was joined by Shai Portugaly, a Berklee School of Music graduate, who performed a variety of songs associated with Rabin.
The program concluded with the singing of “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, by Gann Academy high school junior Yonatan Konstantine, a member of the school’s a cappella group the ShenaniGanns.