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Rivka Zohar, 2010

Rivka Zohar (Hebrew: רבקה זהר‎; June 30, 1948) is an Israeli singer.



Rivka Zinati (later Zohar) was born and raised in Akko, Israel. Her father, Aaron Zinati, was a fire chief. Zohar studied in Akko, and in the agricultural school in Nahalal. Rivka's family is of Moroccan origins, having arrived in Haifa in the beginning of the 19th century.


As a child, she appeared on Tshuot Rishonot ("First Applause"), a radio program aimed at the discovery of young talent.

In 1967, Rivka auditioned to participate in Lehakat HaNahal, a popular Israeli army band, but was not chosen. Shortly thereafter, she successfully auditioned for the composer and producer Ilan Mokhiah.[1]

In the beginning of her military service, she performed in front of the Israeli navy, with the accompaniment of an accordionist. Those performances were well received by the soldiers, leading to the creation of Lehakat Heyl Hayam (The Navy Band), which immediately began rehearsing for the program Ve BaYom HaShlishi ("And On The Third Day"). During the band's rehearsals, Yair Rosenblum presented Rivka with the song "Mah Avarekh" ("With What Shall I Bless?"), composed to the lyrics of Rachel Shapira. Rivka was the soloist for the song, which became the show's greatest hit when it aired in 1968.[2]

In 1967, the Navy Band performed the song "Mah Avarekh" written by Rachel Shapira in memory of a young man from her Kibbutz fallen in the Six-Day-War. Yoram Taharlev (song writer) meets a carpenter carving a chair for Elijah the Prophet and inspired by him writes the lyrics of the song "Al Kapav Yavee". 1969. Rivka Zohar sang the song in the song festival; it was voted the "song of the year" and won the "David's Harp" award.

Natan Alterman, moved by her voice, added her to the musical "Tsats and Tsatsa" (1969). He wrote especially for her "Oriana" and "Zemer Shalosh Hatshuvot". She was also noted for performance of "Gedalya" and "BeKerem HaTemanim".

1970s and 1980sEdit

In 1972, she traveled to New York with her first husband and her little daughter Tamah. She worked at the "Finjan Club" in the Village where she met Ali, a player of oud and darbuka. They played together for seven years. The song "Haderech El Hakfar" brought the singer back to her homeland.

In 1988, Zohar met the philosopher and writer Shlomo Kalo, who wrote songs for her, among them "Avi Hatov Shebashamaim", "Sipur Al Tsipor", "Lichyot Otam Ad Tom."

1990s and 2000sEdit

In February 2007, "The Olive Tree" was published and in its strands the song "Ohevet Othcha"- "loving you" is recorded. In September 2007, for the first time in about 20 years, Zohar appeared on the stage of the Rishon LeZion Concert Hall, accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Rishon LeZion with the arranger and conductor Ilan Mochiach. Her show "Chelkat Elohim" combined old and new songs.


In 2012, On a gesture to composer Arye Levanon, came behind the stage a young singer Named Liron Lev and asks Zohar to listen to one of his songs that might suit her. From that moment they both attached and performed together in all of Israel with a show called "Lo kemo Etmol - Not As Yesterday". In the show they sing new songs in which Rivka for the first time in her life write lyrics and Liron Lev the music. Their first DJ is Tikun Klali.

In 2014, her husband Shlomo Kalo died while his wife near him all along. Zohar said about him that there is no one like him to show you your path.


  • "Rivka Zohar", 1970 (released as a CD in 1996)
  • "Rivka Zohar - Savta Rivka", 1971
  • "Evriya", 1987
  • "Hesed Mufla", 1998
  • Kalat Melekh, single, 2004
  • M'Breshit, collection, 2005
  • Ohevet Otkha, single, 2007
  • Not As Yesterday - With Singer/composer Liron Lev, Album, 2013

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Rivka Zohar-Kalo, 'The Olive Tree', 2007
  2. ^ Rivka Zohar-Kalo, 'The Olive Tree', 2007

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