Rahr is a major supporter of the organization, which provides volunteer emergency ambulance service in Israel has been responsible for bringing legendary New York property developer Donald Trump on to the donators list.
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Stewart Rahr, well known businessman and philanthropist, has long been a major supporter of the Israeli volunteer emergency ambulance service United Hatzalah, going back to when he was first introduced to the organization’s founder, Eli Beer.
Just a few weeks ago Rahr had been in Jerusalem, where he pledged to match any donations made in a drive to add to United Hatzalah’s fleet of ambucycles, best described as a cross between a motor scooter and an ambulance. That particular effort will see the United Hatzalah’s fleet of ambucycles increase by 50, and thanks to Donald Trump‘s recent contribution that number will increase once again.
While Magen David Adom remains as Israel’s national ambulance service, the efforts of United Hatzalah have begun to take an increasingly large part of the strain on Israel’s health service as through providing a highly flexible emergency medical first response service. The majority of people who man the United Hatzalah ambucycles provide their time and their experience, usually gained from being trained medics in the Israeli army, on a voluntary basis.
Donald Trump has been a consistent supporter of Israel over the years, while his daughter Ivanka, who is married to Jared Kushner, another well-known New York property developer, converted to Judaism in 2009.
Stewart Rahr graduated with a B.A. from New York University later going on to study for his masters in law at the New York University Law School.
Rahr decided to put his studies on the legal profession on hold, preferring to help his family run the expanding family business, involved in the retailing and distribution of pharmaceutics.
Stewart Rahr was particularly interested in developing the distribution and wholesaling division of the business, which acted as a supplier for a number of other pharmacies in and around New York.
Rahr enjoyed tremendous success in the business world, eventually establishing a separate company to deal with the family’s now considerable wholesale operation, which traded under the name of Kinray Inc.
By 2010, Rahr had grown Kinray Inc to such a level that they had a client base that numbering 4000 pharmacies situated in the North Eastern seaboard of the United States, with the company graduating an annual turnover of more than $5 billion.
Kinray Inc had become such a force in the pharmaceutical distribution industry, that they captured the attention of pharmaceutical giants Cardinal Health who acquired the company for $1.3 billion in 2010.
Even before selling his company, Stewart Rahr has always been a very active philanthropist, providing rare generosity to a number of worthy causes.
In 2012, Rahr donated the sum of $640, 000 the Israel Cancer Research Fund, making for the single largest source of private funds for cancer research ever made in Israel, and just a few weeks ago reportedly paid more than $600, 000 to charter two planes to specially fly 64 members of the Knesset as well as 30 holocaust survivors from Israel to a ceremony at Auschwitz, Poland on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.