Event is a benefit for an ultra-Orthodox-run charity; Guy Pines' 'Erev Tov' TV show contacted several of the artists, who said they had not realized that it would be an all-male performance.
Israeli musician Shlomo Artzi meets Bruce Springsteen in New York - asks him to perform in Tel Aviv
In a moving tribute, Artzi dedicated his "After it All, You're a Song" to Ziv Hajbi, who was murdered last week.
Torches were lit by twelve prominent members of Israeli society, to symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel.
Shlomo Artzi will perform two songs with his band at the main ceremony.
Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Paulo Sousa believes his team faces a stern test when it faces Hungarian champion Gyori ETO in the Champions League second qualifying round first leg.