Barbra Streisand touches down in Israel next week, and the country is in a tizzy for the arrival of Babs.
The iconic Jewish-American singer will visit for 10 days and perform two concerts on June 20 and 22 at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv, as well as a private performance on June 18 in Jerusalem to honor President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday.
Along with her entourage of about 150 people, Streisand is bringing along her sister, Roslyn Kind, her son, Jason Gould, and her small fluffy white dog, according to Channel 10’s “Good Evening With Guy Pines.”
Streisand’s itinerary was a topic of discussion on the popular entertainment show, where Pines referred to her as “not just a diva, but a super diva,” given her requests for bottles of FiJI water and Pellegrino along with small plates of roasted almonds, salted nuts and Swiss cheese in her hotel rooms. She’s staying in some of the country’s most exclusive hotels, including the Tel Aviv Dan Hotel, the David Intercontinental and Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
While on her trip, Streisand will be given an honorary degree during the annual Hebrew University International Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem.
“Barbra Streisand’s transcendent talent is matched by her passionate concern for equality and opportunity for people of every gender and background,” wrote Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson in a press statement.
Though the singer has been a longtime and staunch supporter of Israel, visiting several times in the past, this will be her first time performing here.