We have become accustomed to the names of streets, neighborhoods and cities being named after well-known people for the purpose of expressing respect and appreciation for their actions after their death. So, what was surprising was to find out that singer Jordana Arazi gained such impressive recognition while only 70 years old.
In the Givat HaZemer neighborhood in Haifa, which is currently under construction, a cornerstone was laid yesterday (Monday) for the street, which will be named after the singer, the bride of the “Violin of David” award and the first Eurovision host in Israel, Yardena Arazi.
At the ceremony, which was attended by family members, Haifa Mayor Einat Klish Rotem and City Council members Sigal Zioni and Nir Shovar, Arazi thanked the mayor for the welcome initiative to dedicate an entire neighborhood to Israeli culture and music and even noted that maybe one day she will move there. Arazi added that “four kilometers separate my childhood home on Arlozorov Street from the beautiful place we are now, I remember this hill as a scout girl who still loves to walk in nature.”
Yardena Arazi with the street sign Photo: Reuven Cohen, spokeswoman for the Haifa Municipality
Mayor Einat Kalish Rotem said: “Here, in the Givat Zemer neighborhood in the heart of the city, next to a park named after Efi Netzer and streets named after Yehoram Gaon and Ehud Manor and others, all listed in the list of great Hebrew singers for generations, we saw fit to name a street after you. “Jordan, because you are, without a doubt, at the top of this respectable list.”
Arazi was a member of the Nahal band, a member of the Mint Gum Chocolate Trio, and was crowned Singer of the Year in the song charts five times, the last of which was in 2013, and even hosted the European Singing Competition held for the first time in Israel in 1979.