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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 6, 2014 | 12:37 pm

    Rita Yahan-Farouz, formally known as Rita, is an Iranian-born singer and one of Israel’s biggest divas. She was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. Her family immigrated to Israel in 1970 and lived in a suburb outside of Tel Aviv.


    She began singing professionally during her...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 11, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Expanding "Insights"

    The Israeli "Insights" project, which includes a special production of a song made entirely from Holocaust survivors' messages to the next generation, keeps growing. The Israeli Students Union and the Ministry of Senior Citizens has announced their...

  • Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performs at U.N.

    March 6, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    The Israeli-Iranian singer Rita performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall.

    Rita performed in Hebrew, English and Farsi at the "Tunes for Peace" concert on Tuesday night -- just the third full-fledged concert at the U.N. venue.

    The singer, who goes by just her first...

  • Iranian Jews and Muslims unite over Rita

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 20, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    It is not often nowadays that you find Jews and Muslims coming together to celebrate anything — especially when Israel is involved. The recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East makes such a harmonious scenario seem even more of a remote possibility.

    Yet this supposed...

  • Friends or foes?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 8, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    At first glance, this is a fairytale story coming true- an Israeli singer shining abroad. This story could have had a happy ending as well if it weren’t for politics raising its ugly head yet again.

    A couple months back I wrote about a Facebook campaign which changed my entire...

  • Reflections on the occasion of the New Year

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Summer Highlights

    The month of Elul is all about reflection. It's an opportunity to look back and discover more about ourselves, a chance to recognize how we were transformed by moments and people. Elul is like a spiritual film review, where the elements of our life story are...

  • Rita, Israel’s reigning diva,  plays intimate evening in L.A.

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Rita show in Rio de Janeiro this February
    Only Rita could have pulled it off. Her famous "One" concert was the first time any Israeli recording artist has attempted such an extravagant, multimedia performance. With its crew of 50 tumbling dancers, grandiose costumes,...
  • Diva Sings Out About Her Tour, Fans

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    In America, celebrity divas are instantly recognizable by their first names: Madonna. Britney.

    Israel has its own diva: Rita.

    Known only by her first name, Rita is as dramatic and flamboyant as a diva should be, but also soulful, with an intensity in her voice and performances...