Leonard Bernstein, 1918-1990

Born in Massachusetts to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, Bernstein was a prominent pianist, conductor and humanitarian. His longtime association with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra began with a concert he conducted in Tel Aviv in 1947. Among other appearances, he led a Be’er Sheva concert in 1948 for troops fighting for independence and a Mount Scopus concert in 1967 to celebrate Jerusalem’s reunification.

Photo: Marion S. Trikosko, U.S. News and World Report Collection, Library of Congress