Tomorrow: The Israeli Presidential Conference
Jerusalem International Convention Center; Ussishkin Hall
June 18, 2013
Israel's President Shimon Peres' 90th birthday celebrations reached their pinnacle on Tuesday evening in Jerusalem with a massive, star studded party that coincided with the opening of the fifth annual Israeli Presidential Conference.
Many arrived in town to wish Peres "mazal tov," from former U.S. President Bill Clinton to actress Sharon Stone to sexologist Ruth Wertheimer to the prince of Monaco, Albert II. Hundreds of other politicians, diplomats, businesspeople, artists, royals, thinkers and Jewish figures were in attendance as well.
All told, some 24 Emmy, Grammy, Nobel and Oscar winners were, according to the event’s organizers, at International Conventions Center for the gala event.
[...] Peres' speech concluded the event, saying it was "worth waiting 90 years" to hear the voice of Barbra Streisand and the "speeches of these great leaders."
[...] Streisand sang two songs: “People,” from Funny Girl, and, at the request of Peres, also “Avinu Malkeinu,” a song based on the Jewish prayer recited during services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. “This is a song that asks God to have compassion for us and our children,” she explained.
"All I can remember from yeshiva days is the ma nishtana," Streisand said in her speech before she sang.
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