Barbra Streisand to receive honorary PhD from Israeli university
Barbra Streisand attends the Governor's Ball following the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Vince Bucci / Invision)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, May 20, 2013 12:04PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, May 20, 2013 3:07PM EDT
JERUSALEM -- A leading Israeli university says it will present singer Barbra Streisand with an honorary Ph.D. when she visits Israel next month.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem said Monday it was granting the singer the degree because of her concern for human rights and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people.
Streisand, 71, is expected to perform at a June conference in honour of the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres. She will also appear in two public concerts. It will be the first time the Jewish singer performs in Israel.
The university's school of Jewish studies, established in 1984, is named after Streisand's father, Emanuel. Streisand also holds an honorary doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University in the U.S.