Naomi Shemer, 1930-2004

Singer-songwriter Shemer wrote “Jerusalem of Gold,” which became the anthem for a united Jerusalem after the June 1967 war. She also translated famous songs and poems into Hebrew and performed them, including The Beatles’ “Let It Be” (a response to the 1973 war) and works by Walt Whitman. She put to music many poems by Rachel Bluwstein and was buried near her at Kvutzat Kinneret.

Photo: Boris Carmi, Meitar Collection, National Library of Israel, Pritzker Family National Photography Collection, CC BY 4.0