Kav L’Noar benefit concert honors parents of late Alisa Flatow.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Over 20 years after college student Alisa Flatow was murdered in a terrorist bus bombing near Gaza, 450 luminaries gathered at the Jerusalem Theater for an inaugural benefit concert hosted by Kav L’Noar honoring her parents, Stephen and Rosalyn.
The event, which was overshadowed by last month’s devastating fires – which displaced nearly 100,000 residents, and destroyed over 2,000 acres of land – took place on the evening of November 24.
Immediately following their daughter’s murder, the Flatow’s, who live in New Jersey, captured the hearts of millions in Israel and abroad by choosing to donate their daughter’s organs to save other lives.
Since then, apart from establishing multiple programs honoring Alisa’s memory, her parents challenged the US courts and State Department to expose corruption in the world of international banking, successfully suing Iran for being a state sponsor of terror.
A Federal District judge in 1998 ordered Tehran to pay $247.5 million in damages to the Flatow’s for their pain and suffering. Moreover, in 2014, evidence produced by Alisa’s parents resulted in a $8.9 billion fine levied against BNP Paribas Bank for working with the regime.
Preceded by a reception attended by Nobel laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann, the ceremony featured Yitzchak Meir, Shlomo Katz, and the Ramatayim Men’s Choir.
Kav L’Noar is a non-profit social services organization that provides mentoring and therapy services for at-risk teens and their families.
“The evening showcased the Flatow’s as classic role models for the teenagers served by Kav L’Noar, honoring them for their example of tenacity, determination and courage – qualities important in overcoming seemingly insurmountable personal challenges,” the organization said in a statement.
“The audience was also moved by the story shared by a Givati soldier, who described the challenges he confronted after witnessing a terrorist attack as a young person, and how he wished he had a resource like Kav L’Noar when he needed it the most.”
Following a presentation highlighting Kav L’Noar’s work with at-risk youth, a special tribute was paid to Stephen and Rosalyn.