David Ben Reuven’s one-man show: Spirit of Israel

In his exciting/inspiring new one-man show for English speakers, The Spirit of Israel, the gifted Jerusalem singer-songwriter-guitarist David Ben Reuven presents an impressive selection of songs which singly and together exemplify aspects of the spirit of Israel through its history, culture, religion, geography, music, language and literature.

The stirring songs Herzl Had A Vision, Ben-Gurion and Hadegel (The Flag) reflect the importance of Zionism and leadership and patriotism in the history and development of the young State of Israel.

The songs Jerusalem Rock, Jerusalem of Old, Jerusalem of New, Naomi Shel Zahav and Yeled Leyad Hakotel (A Boy Beside the Kotel) all reflect the great importance and age-old attraction of Jerusalem as the center and capital of the State. Naomi Shel Zahav, sung to the tune of her Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, is a unique tribute to Naomi Shemer and her priceless contribution to the music and culture of the State.

The songs Anatoly’s Song, Return to Zion, Popeye Oleh LeYisrael, Oleh Hadash, focus on the continuing importance of Aliya and the major contribution of Russian and other Olim to the State.

The songs All The Little Children, The Rescuers, Raoul We Thank You, deal with the Holocaust and the major Holocaust Rescuers such as Raoul Wallenberg, and the enduring impact of the Holocaust on the modern State of Israel.

The songs Yismach Moshe, Adon Olam, Ester Malkat Yisrael and Shlomo Carlebach’s Song, HaMaccabim, Al Shlosha Dvarim HaOlam Omed indicate the major impact of Jewish religious belief and festivals on the day-to-day existence of the State.
Last, but by no means least, are songs from Ben Reuven’s Bible show: It Says So In The Bible, One Is the Lord, David King of Israel, Let’s Go to the Promised Land to show the Torah’s prominent role in modern Israeli life.

On a personal note, Ben Reuven pays tribute to his late beloved Mother, Rachel, in the song My Yiddishe Mama Mine, and through it to all the great Yiddishe Mamas in Israel and the Diaspora.

And finally, no start-up nation like Israel should be without its own legendary superhero, and indeed there is one named Sabraman, the comic book hero created by David Herman and Uri Fink in the late 1970’s and which has given rise to The Sabraman Theme Song.

To book the show for your group or event: 02-6536764

About the Author
London-born David Herman came on aliyah in 1966 after graduating from Cambridge University. In the 1960s, he founded the Good Times Publishing Company specializing in publishing newspapers in simplified English, French and Arabic for the Israeli school system. David currenty works as a translator, and is also very active in the field of songwriting and performing under the musical name, David Ben Reuven.