Last week Noa (Achinoam Nini), Israel’s leading international concert and recording artist, performed at an event with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in Vatican City.
The singer, who attended SAR Academy and the Ramaz Upper School in New York City, has performed all over the world and recorded songs in nine languages.
As Steve Lipman wrote in The Jewish Week,
Noa, who three decades ago became the first Jewish woman to perform in the Vatican for a pope — John Paul II — called Pope Francis, on her Facebook page, “an example for world leaders everywhere.Performing in front of a crowd estimated at 30,000, Noa and Bocelli sang Beautiful That Way in English, Hebrew, and Italian.
“Without the intervention of important religious leaders we will not have peace,” she said. “We can work on the political and the diplomatic level, on the social level, but it is really the religious leaders who must [each] call their constituency and tell them: ‘No more war in the name of God, no more hate in the name of God.’”
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