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The center’s mission is the digital preservation of lyrics, documents, and other forms of media, highlighting the richness of Jewish song throughout history.
Activities and special events will be a focus of interest for diverse populations, both from Israel and abroad. Exhibitions and artistic creations in all matters relating to Israeli music will be on display, showcasing various items of historical and cultural significance.

קרדיט צילום- אילן בשור

Yehoram Gaon

Israel Prize Laureate and Chairman of Meitar
Yehoram Gaon is synonymous with the finest of Israeli culture. Since his appearance on the Israeli scene in the early 1960s as a member of the Nahal Entertainment Troupe, Gaon continues to be embraced across the board as an icon of music, stage, screen, television and radio by Israelis and admirers around the world. Through his involvement in numerous cultural organizations, and as a former member of the Jerusalem City Council, he continues to work tirelessly to promote Israeli arts and culture.
Since renowned Israeli/American entertainer, Mike Burstyn began performing on stage in Yiddish with his family at the age of three, his fame has skyrocketed. At home on Broadway, as well as Israeli and international screens and stages, his performances in numerous productions, including Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”, Nathan Detroit in “Guys & Dolls”, Mayer in “The Rothschilds” and the leading roles in “Jolson” and “Barnum” have won him critical acclaim. His performance in the Israeli film, “Kuni Leml” won him two Israeli “Oscars”. Mike continues to devote his time and efforts as a leader in artistic, cultural and humanitarian causes in Israel, the United States and internationally.

From the heartfelt psalms of King David and the singing of the Levites at the Temple, through the laments of Babylon and poetic masterpieces of the middle ages, and finally, to the revival of Hebrew song and Jewish ingenuity in music today, the spectacular soundtrack of the Jewish people has never ceased.

Ever-changing, ever-alive, the phenomenal story of Jewish song is that of faith, perseverance, and hope for a greater future.

Mike Burstyn

Chairman of The International Honorary Committee of the Jewish Music Hall of Fame

The Jewish Music Hall of Fame will be a spectacular meeting place with the Jewish spirit. A groundbreaking international center for Israeli and Jewish music, it will voice the untold glorious story of Jewish song throughout the ages.

The center’s mission is the digital preservation of lyrics, documents, and other forms of media, highlighting the richness of Jewish song throughout history. Activities and special events will be a focus of interest for diverse populations, both from Israel and abroad. Exhibitions and artistic creations in all matters relating to Israeli music will be on display, showcasing various items of historical and cultural significance.

Petah Tikva of the twenty first century is a leading industrial hub and a hi-tech power. It is a great honor for Petah Tikva, the fourth largest city in Israel, that the Jewish Muisc Hall of Fame will be constructed within it. I invite you to take part in the construction of the Jewish Music Hall of Fame, in which the eternal flame of Jewish creation will continue to spread light, joy and music for generations to come.

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Eitan Gafni

Founder

Rami Greenberg

Mayor of Petah Tikva

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קרדיט צילום- אילן בשור

Yehoram Gaon

Israel Prize Laureate and Chairman of Meitar
Yehoram Gaon is synonymous with the finest of Israeli culture. Since his appearance on the Israeli scene in the early 1960s as a member of the Nahal Entertainment Troupe, Gaon continues to be embraced across the board as an icon of music, stage, screen, television and radio by Israelis and admirers around the world. Through his involvement in numerous cultural organizations, and as a former member of the Jerusalem City Council, he continues to work tirelessly to promote Israeli arts and culture.
Since renowned Israeli/American entertainer, Mike Burstyn began performing on stage in Yiddish with his family at the age of three, his fame has skyrocketed. At home on Broadway, as well as Israeli and international screens and stages, his performances in numerous productions, including Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof”, Nathan Detroit in “Guys & Dolls”, Mayer in “The Rothschilds” and the leading roles in “Jolson” and “Barnum” have won him critical acclaim. His performance in the Israeli film, “Kuni Leml” won him two Israeli “Oscars”. Mike continues to devote his time and efforts as a leader in artistic, cultural and humanitarian causes in Israel, the United States and internationally.

From the heartfelt psalms of King David and the singing of the Levites at the Temple, through the laments of Babylon and poetic masterpieces of the middle ages, and finally, to the revival of Hebrew song and Jewish ingenuity in music today, the spectacular soundtrack of the Jewish people has never ceased.

Ever-changing, ever-alive, the phenomenal story of Jewish song is that of faith, perseverance, and hope for a greater future.

Mike Burstyn

Chairman of The International Honorary Committee of the Jewish Music Hall of Fame

The Jewish Music Hall of Fame will be a spectacular meeting place with the Jewish spirit. A groundbreaking international center for Israeli and Jewish music, it will voice the untold glorious story of Jewish song throughout the ages.

The center’s mission is the digital preservation of lyrics, documents, and other forms of media, highlighting the richness of Jewish song throughout history. Activities and special events will be a focus of interest for diverse populations, both from Israel and abroad. Exhibitions and artistic creations in all matters relating to Israeli music will be on display, showcasing various items of historical and cultural significance.

Petah Tikva of the twenty first century is a leading industrial hub and a hi-tech power. It is a great honor for Petah Tikva, the fourth largest city in Israel, that the Jewish Muisc Hall of Fame will be constructed within it. I invite you to take part in the construction of the Jewish Music Hall of Fame, in which the eternal flame of Jewish creation will continue to spread light, joy and music for generations to come.

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Eitan Gafni

Founder

Rami Greenberg

Mayor of Petah Tikva

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The centre is designed to be an educational centre and a meeting place for young people, from both formal and informal educational facilities, and to bring them closer to Hebrew music by means of lectures, viewing and listening and meetings with creators and performers. There will be performances and celebrations here with creators: composers, lyricists, arrangers, musicians, singers, producers and media people involved in the field of music. Everyone entering the gates of this centre to Hebrew music will be able to view holograms of the greats of Hebrew music. There will be temporary exhibitions in all matters relating to Israeli music: record and CD covers, notices and posters, musicians’ instruments, arrangement scores and song books. The artistic content of the Temple of Songs will express the great richness of Jewish and Hebrew music through the ages and the activities that will take place therein will be a focus for interest and attract many and diverse populations. The Temple of Songs as a centre for Israeli music: The Temple of Songs will collate achievements and activities relating to Israeli and Jewish music and will:

❖ Conduct the important ceremonies of the Israeli music industry – record launches, video clip launches, “People of the Year in Music” and more.

❖ Collaborate with international and Jewish entities who are engaged in similar activities in all matters relating to documentation and preservation of materials from the music industry.

❖ Hold conventions for the Israeli music industry – such as the “Tammuz” Convention produced by the Meitar Foundation as has been held in the past at Bet Gabriel (2006) and in Kfar Saba (2007).

❖ Hold the award ceremony for the Academy of Music – meaning: to once again hold the award ceremony for the Academy of Music and this time it will be held in the Temple of Songs.

❖ Hebrew poetry – to differentiate from Hebrew music which deals with songs, lyrics and tunes, poetry deals with poems that are written by poets not specifically to be set to music (poems of the Middle Ages, Bialik, Tchernichovsky, Rachel, Leah Goldberg, Natan Zach, Yona Wallach and many more).

❖ Religious song and music – in addition to the activity for Hebrew poetry, we will also include in the Temple religious poetry and music, which is gaining momentum in the Hebrew music, including events such as: “Communities Sing”, “My Friend, Have you Forgotten?” and similar. Activities to be held in the building:

❖ A multipurpose performance hall with 750 seats. There will be performances of Israeli music for seated and standing audiences.

❖ Auditorium – a performance hall with 300 seats.

❖ “The Shrine to Israeli Music” – holograms of TOP Israeli great performers. A hologram is a three dimensional presentation, which creates an illusion of the filmed original. Contrary to a regular photograph that records only light and contrast, the hologram also records the dimensions of the filmed article. The hologram includes information regarding the size, shape and dimensions in the space captured by the filmed object. The hologram is a kind of documentation and

storage of information and in our case – the likenesses of the selected artists. The holograms will be a focus of attraction and interest for those visiting the centre.

❖ “The Hall of Fame of the Jewish Music” – commemoration of Jewish music in all languages sung by Jews ( English, French, Spanish,Russion , Ladino, Yiddish, Arabic and more). Classical works and musicals that were written and composed by Jews; Jewish composers of light music – popular and classical; Jewish performers in the Diaspora.

❖ The Lobby – mosaic artwork on the walls of the building, composed on record covers of all times, CDs, notices and posters about festivals, performances, articles about performing artists, instruments and possessions belonging to artists. We will also hold receptions and events to welcome guests to the centre

❖ A coffee shop next door to the centre, a meeting place for artists, creators, musicians and visitors to the centre

❖ A permanent exhibition and temporary exhibitions.

❖ Festive and public events relating to Hebrew music and also those not relating to music.

❖ A Hebrew singing together club.

❖ Recording and television studios adjacent to the performance halls, that will provide services for performances, recordings and filming.

❖ Classrooms and computers rooms

❖ Lecture and meeting rooms

❖ Information centre for visitors

❖ Offices

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