Adam Kleinberg with Limor Livnat_582.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Mexican singer Adam Kleinberg (pictured here with Culture and Sports Minister
Limor Livnat), a relative of David Ben-Gurion, was chosen as the winner of the
2011 Hallelujah singing competition Thursday night in Ramat Hasharon’s central
square. The team of judges, headed by veteran singer Yehoram Gaon and comprised
of well-known Israeli musicians and producers such as Kobi Oshrat, Noam Gilor
and DJ Skazi awarded Kleinberg the first prize of the contest ahead of Oliver
Ghnassia from Brussels, 19, and David Kobiashvili from Russia, 25.
so excited to be in Israel, it is a special feeling for me,” said Kleinberg
after the contest. “The Hallelujah project was an amazing gift and coming in
first place is a dream come true. I want to thank the Hallelujah team, they are
all good people, and all my friends, the other contestants, who helped and
supported me and my family in Mexico and around the world. It feels like a new
beginning for me and it is already amazing.”
Kleinberg, who won a cash
prize of $8,000, will record a duet with a leading Israeli artist and will go on
a worldwide concert tour in different Jewish communities.
led a group of 30 finalists, ages 16-26, representing Jewish communities in the
US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, France, Australia, Argentina, Sweden,
Holland, Belgium, England, Turkey, Costa Rica, and Uruguay. They arrived in
Israel for a three-week tour of the country, and to work on their songs ahead of