American Friends of Soroka Medical Center will host their fifth annual gala benefit dinner
on Wednesday, April 26 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The Gala will benefit Women’s Health Projects, including Soroka’s Breast Health Center, Negev Center for Eating Disorders, and the Saban Birth & Maternity Center. Angela Retelny is the Gala Chair. Co-Chairs are Nira & Ken Abramowitz, David & Hengameh Kimiabakhsh, Caroline &Shlomo Freidfertig and Ruth &Jeffrey Steinberg. Shouly Maslavi and Abraham Maslavi will receive the Fashion Industry Leadership Award. The Maslavi brothers lead Jovani Fashions, a global fashion company. Sonia Gardner will receive the inaugural Dubinsky Humanitarian Award. Ms. Gardner is President, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Avenue Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager. Dan Abrams, chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News, will be Master of Ceremonies. Abram’s states “Soroka provides world-class medical care to the entire lower half of Israel. The more I get to know Soroka the deeper my impression that it serves as a model of peaceful coexistence for the world, and as an outstanding ambassador for the State of Israel. I admire the unique pioneering spirit in Soroka, and in its incredibly talented and devoted team.”
The evening will be a celebration of the fashion industry in honor of Soroka’s American founding father David Dubinsky (1892 -1982), whose achievements included exceptional commitment and bold leadership in the fashion industry, great humanitarianism in championing women’s health in the workplace and extraordinary vision in helping establish Soroka Medical Center together with David Ben-Gurion. Dubinsky was proud to support the young state of Israel and raised $1 million dollars in 1959 to build the hospital and facilitate the great Zionistic dream of helping the desert bloom.
Mr. Dubinsky will be awarded the Statesman for Israel award, to be accepted by Ms. Ryna Appleton Segal, his granddaughter. Dubinsky was one of the world’s most important labor leaders. He was the longest serving president of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU from) 1932–1966, vice president of the AFL-CIO, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Under his leadership the ILGWU was a pioneer in healthcare, education and social engagement for its members. Dubinsky’s life achievements laid the foundation for the garment industry to become a vibrant and important force in NYC’s and the nation’s economic and political life. Ms. Segal states “My grandfather knew from the time he was a teenage Bundist labor leader in Czarist Russia, that working women and men did not live by bread alone.”
He believed in caring for the whole person and made sure the ILGWU worked to do just that. The Union was the first in the United States to establish a union health center, a model for the country, staffed by leading physicians from major hospitals, who often donated their time because they believed in the center’s mission.
Dubinsky believed that good health was fundamental to building an engaged citizenship, a community of people ready to make a contribution to their society. To “nourish” the whole person was one of his basic concepts for the role of social unionism. It made the ILGWU strong, enabling it to work nationally and internationally for social justice, democracy and peace. For more info & tickets click here