Barbra Streisand's Very Jewish Performance in Tel Aviv

Performing for the first time in Israel, singer Barbra Streisand appeared in Tel Aviv in front of some 16,000 Israelis.

Jewish-American singer Barbra Streisand appeared Thursday evening in Tel Aviv-Jaffa's Bloomfield Stadium in front of a fawning audience of some 16,000 Israelis. The show, the first of two scheduled for her visit, marked the first time Streisand has performed in Israel.

The performance, which lasted for about two and a half hours, was the 99th performance in Streisand's career – making her next performance in Israel, scheduled for Saturday, her 100th.

During the show, Streisand raised "lehayyim", or cheers, with a cup of tea, presented her family, and compared Malibu to Tel Aviv, saying "both have beaches, and are surrounded by Jews."

The singer said the Jewish peoples' accomplishment that she is most proud of is their contribution to medicine – firstly, finding a vaccine to polio, and secondly, the invention of chicken soup.

The performance came to a close with "Hatikva," Israel's national anthem, to which the entire audience joined in and sang along.

Streisand, 71, attended the 90th birthday party of President Shimon Peres, which was concluded on Thursday.

Reuters