The legendary Jewish actress and singer Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during her visit to Israel next month.
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In a statement released Monday, The Hebrew University said Streisand will be presented with the doctorate in recognition of her "professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people".
Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University, stated: “Barbra Streisand’s transcendent talent is matched by her passionate concern for equality and opportunity for people of every gender and background. Equally important, her love of Israel and her Jewish heritage are reflected in so many aspects of her life and career. We are deeply proud to honor an individual who exemplifies these values which we at the Hebrew University share and uphold.”
A proponent of education, Streisand established the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies on the University’s Mount Scopus campus in 1984. She dedicated the building in memory of her father, Emanuel.
Streisand will make her debut performance in Israel this June, acceding to the request of President Shimon Peres to be the opening act at the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference. She will perform before a total of 40,000 audience members in two performances in mid-June at Tel Aviv's Bloomfield Stadium.
One of the best-selling musicians of all time, Streisand has sold some 72.5 million records in the United States. In February, she performed at the Oscars for the first time in 36 years, and is fondly remembered for her role in the 1983 film adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Yentl" (1983).