FIDF Western Region Gala 2011

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

2025 Avenue of the Stars

Los Angeles, Calif.

December 8, 2011

Foster and Streisand on stage

Barbra Streisand joined David Foster & Friends and Master of Ceremonies Jason Alexander for the LA / Western Region Gala Dinner of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).

Barbra said to the audience that evening, “I also sang at the 30th anniversary of the State of Israel. And I had the privilege of speaking, via satellite, of course, with Prime Minister Golda Meir — and she knew then that our tradition teaches us that none of us can stand alone in this world. Judaism at its core is a religion of community, and, therefore, it propels us to live a life connected to … People. People who need people ...”

Barbra's set list:

Streisand and choir at FIDF Gala

Backed by a choir of ten on either side of her, Streisand concluded the evening with an extraordinary performance of the traditional Jewish prayer “Avinu Malkeinu.”

(Photo, below: Streisand and “Gala Chairs” Haim Saban.)

Streisand and Saban

According to their website, “FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs & facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland. FIDF also supports the families of fallen soldiers.”

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala 2011 poster

(Below: The National Director of Friends of the IDF, Maj. General (Res.) Yitzhak “Jerry” Gershon, Barbra Streisand, David Foster, Haim Saban and members of the Israeli Defense Force. Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld.)

group shot with Streisand at FIDF gala

David Robin Films filmed the event for posterity.

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