Hebrew University Professor Reuven Hazan (center) at the AFYR 2015 gala.

October 19, 2015-On October 13, American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin (AFYR) recognized Boston Mayor, Martin J. Walsh, with the final Yitzhak Rabin Leadership and Public Service Award at a gala dinner.  The event included remarks by Yuval Rabin, son of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin; Professor Reuven Hazan, chair of the Political Science Department at The Hebrew University; and the honorable Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel to New England. Mayor Walsh was recognized for his dedication to public service, the labor movement and further improving the economic development opportunities between Boston and Israel. A special candle vigil and moment of silence also took place to honor all victims of gun violence. Yitzhak Rabin, a victim of gun violence himself, was killed 20 years ago on November 4, 1995 at a peace rally.

AFYR decided to further commemorate Rabin’s legacy by establishing the Yitzhak Rabin Fellowship in Post Graduate Democracy Studies at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Proceeds from the gala went towards this fellowship, which will be dedicated in Mayor Walsh’s honor early next year.

“The American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin decided that supporting an important educational program reflecting the late prime minister’s legacy is an important next step in fulfilling our mission,” explained Stuart Davidson, AFYR Chairman and Master of Ceremonies for the gala. “The Yitzhak Rabin Fellowship in Post Graduate Democracy Studies will not only help to establish a new generation of statesmen in the image of Yitzhak Rabin but it will also make an important impact on public policy in Israel. We are proud that funds raised during Mayor Walsh’s event will support this important cause.”

For more information, please see the full press release here.