Music: Frankly Sinatra

The famous crooner’s love affair with Israel.

By YISRAEL LUTNIK
December 28, 2017 21:46
3 minute read.
Frank Sinatra (left) and Gregory Peck talk to an IDF officer in Jerusalem in 1978, when he opened th

Frank Sinatra (left) and Gregory Peck talk to an IDF officer in Jerusalem in 1978, when he opened the Frank Sinatra Center at the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. (photo credit: MOSHE MILNER / GPO)

 
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FRANK SINATRA was an easy choice of subject for a full-length concert, which I recently took on tour across Israel. But when I started researching my subject, my entire image of him changed. Despite all the womanizing and mob-related dirt, I found out something else that made me a fanatic of this man. He wasn’t someone who just liked Jews and Israel. He loved Jews, and was passionate about Israel.

The names on some institutions here say it all, most famously the Frank Sinatra International Student Center at Hebrew University. In 1962, he visited Israel, and made a short film entitled “Sinatra in Israel.” His connection was so deep that a number of Arab countries – some of the same ones that refuse to show Wonder Woman because of Gal Gadot – banned his music and his movies.

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