Introducing Great Israeli Singer:
Roberts Betrothed Hussein Dances
Slated for August
Esther Ofarim's Magnificent Recording to Mr. Nat Goldberg
Hora With Star
Philips Records have just issued vision shows in nine different coun-
a new recording featuring a great tries in the Free World.
of Israeli Troupe
Israeli star. Esther Ofarim in "Is
Her new Philips album, "Is It
It Really Me!" is introduced in
the following selections:
Earthquake, Somewhere from
"West Side Story," Old Devil Moon
from "Finian's Rainbow," Is It
Really Me from "110 in the Shade,"
Here I'll Stay from "Love Life,"
Night and Day from "Gay Divor-
cee," Speak Low from "One Touch
of Venus," Somebody, Somewhere
from "The Most Happy Fella," To
the Ends of the Earths, I Have
Dreamed from "The King and I,"
A Taste of Honey from "A Taste
of Honey," By Myself from "Be-
tween the Devil."
Bobby Scott arranged and pro-
duced this recording, and this
Philips Stereo may well be con-
sidered an introduction of one o!
the great stars of our time.
This is no exaggeration. The
very young Israeli Esther Ofarim
possesses such a fine voice, there
is such warmth in her interpre-
tive singing, that her collection
for which the title "Is It Really
Me!" has been used, will surely
bring many calls for her serv-
The diminutive Israeli songstress
has been singing for 15 years—a
decade as a professional.
But never before has the magni-
tude of the voice of the under-90-
pound girl been really captured on
Only 22, the development of this
"Bundle of Tinymite" began in
a kindergarten in Haifa in 1948.
Her mother, Zelda, and her lath-
er, Abraham, now retired, encour-
aged her singing early. While in a
Haifa elementary school, she audi-
tioned for the Bamatenu, which
translated means "Our Stage." The
trials included young talent up to
17 years old—Esther succeeded on
her first try when she was 12.
While she was finishing high
school, a young man, Abraham
Ofarim, came to the school as a
part-time instructor in the drama
department. Ofarim was an out-
standing young figure in Israel's
growing theater. He had a dance
studio in Haifa with over 120 pu-
pils. Still under 20, Abraham was
the mark of many girls in the area.
Esther admits she used a ruse to
obtain an introduction. She told a
girl friend, who was his pupil, that
she would like to get some dance
instruction in order to secure a
forthcoming production part, which
required terpsichorean experience.
Shortly after Esther began as a
student in Abraham's studio, she
was called for her regular term of
army service. She continued to see
Abraham and they became steady
dates. After she had served four
months in the Israeli army, where
she recalls she could hardly pack
the heavy World War I rifle, she
married the young instructor. Her
marriage automatically cut her
A month after the knot was tied,
the couple opened professionally
at Omar Khyam, a bohemian-type
of night club in Haifa.
A short time later, Esther en-
tered her first national Israeli
singing competition. She as-
tounded the judges by taking
first and second place. Frank
Sinatra chose her to work his
Esther went to Poland, repre-
senting the new country in the
International Music Festival at
Sopot. She won second prize and
was named "Miss Festival."
With a video audience estimated
at over 35,000,000 watching, in the
Eurovision content, our "Bundle
of Tinymite," representing Switz-
erland, sang "T'en Vas Das," which
translated means "Don't Go Away."
Philips of France sensed the in-
ternational discord. They immedi-
ately recorded the song. She re-
corded the song in several lan-
guages to capitalize on the inter-
national fame. The song became
No. 1 in Switzerland.
Esther played 25 important tele-
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
26—Friday, October 15, 1965
Really Me," was made in the U.S.
in May, 1965. It is the ninth album -
she has completed.
She did her first professional
work before a movie camera in
1960 in the film "Exodus."
On the Air
This Week's Radio and
HEAR OUR VOICE
Time: 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
Feature: "Fifty Golden Years"
is the title of this presentation,
featuring all the cantors of De-
troit in tribute to Cantor Jacob
Sonenklar of Cong. Shaarey Zedek
for his half century of service to
MISS NANCY ROBERTS
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Roberts of
Wisconsin Ave. announce the en-
gagement of their daughter Nancy
Ellen to Nat Goldberg, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Goldberg of Briar
Dr., Oak Park.
* * *
Miss Roberts is a senior in the
TO DWELL TOGETHER
college of education at Michigan
Time: 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
State University. Her fiance is a
senior accounting major at Ferris
Time: 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
Station: Channel 2.
The couple is planning an Aug.
Feature: "The Mountains
Skipped Like Rams," a program
devoted to the Bible, will be nar-
rated by Melba Winer as the first
in a series of five presentations
on great people and books in Jew-
ish literature. The series will con-
tinue with a look at the literature
Nathan Milstein, the noted violin-
of Israel, the classics of Yiddish ist who will play for the 33rd an-
writings and recent contributions nual Balfour Concert sponsored by
of the American Jewish author.
the Zionist Organization of Detroit,
* * *
to be held Nov. 21 at the Ford
Auditorium, has received from the
Time: 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Austrian Government the high dee-
Station: Channel 7.
Feature: "A Shadow on Israel"
is the third in a four-part drama-
tic series, 'Great Prophetic Con-
frontations." This segment tells
the story of Elijah and King
Ahab, in which the prophet teach-
es the king a lesson about the
sacredness of the rights of every
man. A chorus will enrich the
to Feature Milstein
* * *
MESSAGE OF ISRAEL
Time: 6 a.m. Sunday.
Feature: Rabbi Joel Y. Zion of
Temple Israel, Lawrence, L.I., will
COOLIDGE AT 9 MILE
By Sid Shmarak
Don McIntyre Jr. of SUPERIOR
OLDSMOBILE, Inc., 15000 W.
Seven Mile, announces the addi-
tion to his sales staff of JERRY
BASEMAN. Baseman has mer-
chandised automobiles for the past
19 years in the Northwest area of
Detroit, and Superior Oldsmobile
wants all of his friends and clien-
tele to know of his new associa-
MORRIS B. ABRAM, president
of the American Jewish Commit-
tee, has been appOinted by Presi-
dent Johnson as co-chairman of
the White House conference on
civil rights, which will be held
in November in Washington. His
co-chairman is William T. Cole-
man, a Negro lawyer, of Phil-
All the cantors of Detroit will
join in a song of tribute to Cantor
Jacob Sonenklar of Cong. Shaarey
Zedek, in honor of his half cen-
tury of service to the cantorate,
in a special radio presentation
11:30 p.m. Sunday on station
The program, "Fifty Golden
Years," will be featured on the
weekly "Hear Our Voice" broad-
cast presented by the Culture Com-
mission of the Jewish Community
Council of Detroit.
No other state has as many col-
lege and university faculty mem-
bers abroad on education missions
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Milstein's appearance here will
be one of 42 in 30 cities he will
make during his 1964-65 North
American tour under the aegis of
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another 30 to 40 concerts in West-
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Cantors to Pay Tribute
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The engagement of Moreen Ellyn
Antman to Marshall Irving Lett is
announced by her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jesse W. Antman of Ashton
Rd. The bridegroom-elect is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Lett of
Miss Antman and her- fiance, stu-
dents at Wayne State University,
plan an August wedding.
Time: 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
* * *
MISS MOREEN ANTMAN
discuss 'A Living Faith."
* * *
Feature: Paul A. Freund, con-
stitutional lawyer and Carl M.
Loeb Professor at Harvard Uni-
versity, will be interviewed by
Ben Grauer, NBC commentator, in
this - fourth progam of the series,
If they can't get to-
gether around the peace table,
Jordanians and Israelis may find
it easier to join hands in a hora,
according to a report by the North
American Newspaper Alliance.
King Hussein of Jordan, the re-
port said, danced the hora with a
statuesque Israeli dancer in a Paris
While his ambassador and burly
bodyguards shook with rage, King
Hussein ended a day of negotia-
tions with President de Gaulle by
joining members of Israel's Carmon
Ensemble of Song and Dance, who
were patrons at the St. Hilaire
Sarah Na'aman, the 22-year-
old star of the Ensemble, called
the Jordanian monarch "a real
gentleman, and he enjoys the
company of beautiful women.
He told me I was the first Israeli
girl he ever danced with."
Miss Na'aman told Hussein that
when she served in the Israeli army,
"I was looking at Arab men through
the optical sights of my rifle. The
king laughed and said he prefers -
to meet Israelis in a French night
club. He then autographed my
Israeli passport, after reading
what's written in Hebrew."
At first, Jordanian security
agents refused to let the Israeli
troupe enter the discotheque, but
King Hussein informed the man-
agement that he had no objection
to the presence of Israelis in the
"As soon as the bouncers let us
in," said Miss Na'aman, "King Hus-
sein got up and invited me to
"We first danced the shake, the
frug and letkiss, then a few Greek
folk dances. In the end we formed
a circle, sang Hebrew songs and
danced the hora. The king did
not let go of my hand, and I taught
him Israel's national dance." Hus-
sein is a good dancer, she said.
She said that "next time I hope
to meet President Abdul Nasser
in a Paris night club. Perhaps we
can discuss peace while dancing."
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