Hollywood Welcome Israel's President
March 10, 2012
Peres, the President of Israel made a brief pit stop in
Hollywood during his whirlwind tour of the U.S. yesterday. Peres
was the guest of Dreamworks
A Hanukkah Surprise
December 7, 2012 (UPDATE)
as Jews around the world are about to celebrate Hanukkah, a
truly remarkable video has surfaced on YouTube. It's Barbra's
only known live performance of the Hebrew prayer, "Avinu
The hymn was performed at the Friends of the Israel Defense
Forces benefit on December 8, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Barbra originally recorded Avinu Malkeinu on her best selling
album "Higher Ground" in 1997.
Watch the video here.
At a benefit last
night in Los Angeles, Barbra Streisand lent her support to the
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, an organization
established to provide for the well-being of the men and women
who serve in the Israeli military as well as the families of
Barbra chose four selections from her vast catalogue to include
in her live performance set: "Avinu Malkenu," "The Windmills of
your Mind," "People" and "The Way We Were."
The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and was
hosted by Jason Alexander. In addition to Streisand, the evening
featured performances by David Foster & Friends.
Will Barbra Perform in Jerusalem?
Jerusalem Post and The Jewish Telegraphic Agency have
both recently reported that Barbra Streisand will accept an
invitation from the government of Israel to participate in a May
13 conference celebrating
the country's 60th anniversary.
According to these news
outlets, Barbra will most likely perform Avinu Malkeinu
(in Hebrew) at the personal request of President Shimon Peres
during ceremonies in Jerusalem. It would also be the first time
Barbra will have performed this particular selection at a live
event. Barbra recorded Avinu Malkeinu, a traditional
prayer sung for the Jewish New Year, on her 1997
album, "Higher Ground."
Barbra journeyed to Israel in 1984 for the premiere of "Yentl." She
met with (then) Prime Minister, Yitzak Shamir at dedication
ceremonies for a building she endowed in her father's name at
Jerusalem's Hebrew University.
April 22, 2009 (update)
in Reuters, a spokesman for Barbra Streisand has
confirmed that she will not be on hand to participate in
Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations this May. Personal
obligations will prevent Barbra from personally attending
festivities scheduled to take place in Jerusalem.
The "Yentl" Premiere and a University Endowment
visited Israel in April of 1984 for
the premiere of her film, "Yentl." During that visit, Barbra met
with the current prime minister, Yitzhak Shamir, and dedicated
"The Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies" at the
Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
April 4, Barbra appeared on the television show "Good Morning America" via a
live satellite feed from Jerusalem. The show's host, David Hartman spoke
with Barbra about the Israeli premiere of her film, and then
asked her to speak about her experiences in Israel:
"I came here to dedicate
a building in my father's name at the Hebrew University. And
that was really a thrill yesterday. The students, even though
they were on vacation, came to greet me and were singing songs
through the halls as they went to unveil the sign for my
father's building. It was really, really thrilling: the spirit,
the sense of dedication, and the sense of purpose. It was very
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir of Israel passed away on June 30 in Tel Aviv. He was 96.
In 1984, Barbra Streisand visited the leader while she was in Jerusalem promoting her film, "Yentl."
"The Stars Salute Israel at 30"
Barbra was also on hand for
another anniversary celebration for Israeli statehood. She was
the featured performer at "The Stars Salute Israel at 30"
concert in Los Angeles on May 7, 1978.
That evening, Barbra
performed three songs (People, Happy Days Are Here
Again and Tomorrow) before closing the show with
Israel's national Anthem, Hatikva.
the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Barbra also spoke
live (via satellite) with former prime minister Golda Meir:
really want to thank you, from all of us, for allowing us to
come into your home tonight, Golda, and for taking up your
valuable time to be with us."
Golda Meir: "It's really a pleasure, and I'm honored that
you people have chosen me to speak to you. And please let them
know how deeply appreciative I, and everybody in Israel is of
your contribution for our 30th anniversary."