Hagit Yaso, winner of the ninth season of “Kokhav Nolad,” the Israeli version of “American Idol,” performed at Towson University on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The event was sponsored by two groups from Towson: Hillel and Tigers for Israel in addition to Goucher Hillel and the Jewish National Fund (JNF).
Yaso, now 24, is originally from Sderot, a small city in Israel near the Gaza Strip. She began singing when she was eight years old and was in a band while she did her required service in the Israeli army.
After the army, she went on to win “Kokhav Nolad” and began touring. Yaso sings a combination of her own songs and covers. Currently, her popular single in Israel is “Killing Me Softly,” which she wrote about her broken heart. At the concert, she told the audience that it is her dream to perform with Justin Timberlake.
The concert was very well attended by both Goucher and Towson students, and Adi Snir, the Israel Fellow and Hebrew-English translator, liked how “so many groups came together for one event.”
Rabbi Josh Snyder, the Director of Goucher Hillel, was “enthused to see Goucher and Towson students from so many different backgrounds all brought together by music.” Snir agreed that “music is a bridge of culture and friendships.”
Giselle Rotenberg ’16, Goucher Hillel’s Israel Chair, aims to continue cultural programming throughout the year, and says, “it’s important to bring in someone with a different background,” like Yaso, who represents a diverse face of Israel that not everyone is aware of.