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Exclusive Area Tribute to Israeli Musical Icon

December 24, 2013
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Arik Einstein

PhillyIsrael invites the community to join in a special tribute to Israeli singer, songwriter and actor Arik Einstein, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m., at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, 272 South Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr.

Israeli musician and television personality Ilan Shas will share songs and personal stories about Einstein during this exclusive Philadelphia area stop on a United States tour commissioned by Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv.

Einstein was considered to be the “godfather” of the new generation of Israeli music that emerged in the 1960s, serving as a link between Israel’s tradition of folk music and the emergence of rock and roll.

His songs: “Ani Ve’ata” (You and I), “Sa le’at” (Drive Slowly), “Oof Gozal” (Fly Away, Little Bird), “Atur Mitzchech” (Your Forehead Is Decorated) and many more, became the soundtrack of the Israeli nation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to Einstein at his funeral, stating,  “Arik was the greatest of them all. We all grew up on his songs. You said, ‘Arik Einstein,’ and you said, ‘the Land of Israel.’ He was a wonderful singer and a wonderful person.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres commented that Einstein’s “musical notes will continue to fill the country, even after his passing. He equally excited our first generations and young generations.

“He wrote his songs during our difficult days and during our uplifting moments. I loved his songs, and knew what many others know: there was no one else like him.”

The tribute evening is made possible through the support of: the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region; The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy; Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. Tzofim; and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are limited. Advance tickets may be ordered online at www.phillyIsrael.com at the discounted cost of $25 per person. At the door, tickets will be $30 per adult and $18 for students with identification.

For more information, call Sharona Drury at 267-250-3835.

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