Nechama Hendel

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Nechama Hendel
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Nechama Hendel in the mid 1960s
Background information
Born(1936-08-22)22 August 1936
Jerusalem, Israel
Died29 September 1998(1998-09-29) (aged 62)
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years active1957-1998

Nechama 'Nama' Hendel (Hebrew: נחמה הנדל‎; 22 August 1936 – 29 September 1998) was an Israeli singer.

She began in the IDF Nahal music troupe,[1] and came out of the Tsahal music scene in the 1950s, first in the duet "Ran veNama" – with Ran Eliran – then later as a solo act. In 1958, Ran Eliran and Hendel were introduced to American audiences by their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show performing "Tzena Tzena".

Hendel possessed one of the most beautiful voices in Israel. She became world-famous with her smash hit "Machar" ("Tomorrow")- composed by Naomi Shemer featured on the "Jerusalem of Gold" album.[2] She recorded many more of Shemer's songs.

Hendel recorded not only in Hebrew, but in Yiddish as well and was one of the artists included on a Yiddish compilation called "Songs of The Vilna Ghetto" for CBS Records in Israel.

In 1998, Hendel voiced Grandmother Willow in the Hebrew version of the animated movie Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, and also Grandmother Fa in the Hebrew version of the animated movie Mulan, which was released three months before her death from cardiac arrest on September 29.


External links[edit]

  • Daliot, Yisrael. "Nechama Hendel." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. March 1, 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. January 5, 2010