Iconic Jewish-American singer and actress Barbra Streisand arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Saturday night along with her pet dog.
The American singer, who will be staying for the next two nights in Jerusalem, will receive an honorary doctorate on Monday from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Streisand will be presented with the degree at a ceremony during the Hebrew University International Board of Governors meeting.
“Of course I thought of my father [when I was told of the award],” she said. “It was my great honor to dedicate the Emanuel Streisand Building at Hebrew University many years ago. The thing that I love most about the university is that people of all faiths and philosophies are welcome to study there.”
Along with President Shimon Peres, she is also expected to host 20 sick children at the President's Residence who requested meet her.
On Tuesday night, Streisand will sing at the gala 90th birthday party for Peres which launches the Facing Tomorrow Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.
Streisand called Israel “a shining beacon of hope in the world,” ahead of her arrival for two performances.
The 71-year-old singing and film star said that the audiences who attend her two shows at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa on June 20 and 22 will be in for a treat.
“I’ve given this a lot of thought and I do have something special planned,” she said.
Joining her onstage will be special guest trumpeter Chris Botti, along with duets with her son Jason Gould and her sister Roslyn Kind.
Streisand is one of the most commercially and critically successful entertainers of the past 50 years, with more than 140 million records sold, two Academy awards, eight Grammy awards and five Emmy awards.
JTA contributed to this report.
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