Barbra Streisand earns honorary doctorate from Hebrew University

Barbra Streisand, Barbra Israel, Barbra Hebrew University

Barbra Streisand receiving an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, by University President Menahem Ben-Sasson, June 13, 2013. (Flash 90)

Mazel Tov to Barbra Streisand, who today accepted the honorary degree of “Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa” in front of a packed auditorium at Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, Tablet reports.

Streisand’s speech included references to her acting career, her connection to Judaism, and a visit to Israel 30 years ago when she dedicated the Emanual Streisand Building for Jewish Studies in honor of her father.

“I wish the world could be more like the Hebrew University where women and men, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians all sit together in classrooms and cafeterias,” she said.

It will be a busy trip for Dr. Streisand. Yesterday evening she visited the Western Wall, tomorrow night she will attend President Shimon Peres’ birthday party, and naturally, she’ll be performing, too. Her two Jaffa concerts, happening later this week, are all sold out, so don’t get your hopes up if you happen to be in town.

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