The Jerusalem Post reports on last night’s Hollywood bash for Israel.
If you’re the Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles and you want to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary with a big Hollywood-style bash and call it “Hollywood Salutes Israel,” then you’re going to have to pull out all the stops and reel in some big names.
On June 10, that’s exactly what Consul General Sam Grundwerg did – at a private VIP reception for 700 guests at Universal Studios in Hollywood.
Along with congratulatory video messages from Barbra Streisand, Robert de Niro, Michael Douglas, Bill Maher, Gal Gadot, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there was also some serious Hollywood wattage on stage, including Kelsey Grammar, Mayim Bialik, Metta World Peace and Billy Crystal.
Kelsey Grammer introduced the 1940s and the dream of the nascent state, accompanied by video footage of David Ben-Gurion declaring the establishment of the State of Israel. “With this declaration,” Grammer said, “the dreams of a hundred generations of Jews were realized: The modern State of Israel was established.”
Read the whole thing.
Here is video from the event, including Billy Crystal’s funny routine.
Israel's 70th Independence celebration LIVE from Universal Studios
Posted by Israel in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 10, 2018
And some photos from the evening:
What a night!
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— Karin Eliyahu-Pery (@KarinEPery) June 11, 2018