Singer and actress Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctorate degree when she visits Israel in June, reps for the longtime Malibu resident announced this week.
In honor of her “professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people,” the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will present the international star with an honorary Ph.D.
Streisand helped establish a Jewish Studies center at the school in 1984 in honor of her father, Emanuel Streisand.
“Barbra Streisand’s transcendent talent is matched by her passionate concern for equality and opportunity for people of every gender and background. Equally important, her love of Israel and her Jewish heritage are reflected in so many aspects of her life and career. We are deeply proud to honor an individual who exemplifies these values which we at the Hebrew University share and uphold,” said university president Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson.
Hebrew University was founded in 1918 by several renowned visionaries, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. The school has three campuses in Jerusalem.