Tourist Tip #263 / For Two Nights Only: Barbra Streisand

The singer who fans affectionately call Babs is in Israel for two shows with a 60-piece orchestra and special guests.

If Jews had patron saints, singer-songwriter-actress-director extraordinaire Barbra Streisand would undoubtedly be one of them. Younger audiences may know her as the protective yet wacky Jewish mother in such comedies as "Meet the Fockers" and last year’s "The Guilt Trip," but Streisand’s more mature fans know her as the Oscar-winning star of "Funny Girl" and "Yentl" and the prolific, multiple Grammy Award-winning singer whom Judy Garland once called one of the last great belters.

The singer fans affectionately call Babs – finally! – arrived in Israel, the place she recently called “a shining beacon of hope in the world.”

While here, she’ll pick up an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (where she established the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies in 1984 in memory of her father) and sing for fellow members of the tribe. She is scheduled to perform at President Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday on June 18 and also has two performances lined up at Jaffa’s Bloomfield Stadium on June 20 and 22.

Streisand will be joined on stage by a 60-piece orchestra and by special guests including trumpeter Chris Botti, her son Jason Gould and her sister Roslyn Kind. Act fast and you could still get your hands on some tickets to see the dazzling diva – but they don’t come cheap. As of this writing, online prices ranged from NIS 1,100 to NIS 3,400.

As Streisand’s No. 1 fictional fan, Linda Richman, would say: We’re already getting verklempt.

Reuters