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Naomi Shemer
Birth name Naomi Sapir
Born July 13, 1930(1930-07-13)
Origin Kvutzat Kinneret, Israel
Died June 26, 2004 (aged 73)
Tel Aviv
Genres World
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals

Naomi Shemer (Hebrew: נעמי שמר‎; July 13, 1930 - June 26, 2004) was a leading Israeli songwriter hailed as the "first lady of Israeli song."



Naomi Shemer (Sapir) was born on Kvutzat Kinneret, a kibbutz her parents had helped found, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In the 1950s she served in the Israeli Defense Force's Nahal entertainment troupe, and studied music at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. She first married actor Gideon Shemer and had a daughter, Lali. They were later divorced; she went on to marry attorney Mordechai Horowitz, with whom she had a son, Ariel.[1]

Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer's grave on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)]. The stones were left by visitors, in keeping with an ancient Jewish custom

Shemer continued to write and perform until her death. She died of cancer in 2004 at the age of 73.

Songwriting career

Shemer did her own songwriting and composing, set famous poems to music, such as those of the Israeli poet, Rachel, and adapted well-known songs into Hebrew, such as the Beatles songs "Hey Jude" and "Let it Be" ("Lu Yehi"). Shemer's songs have contributed significantly to Israeli culture. Several of Shemer's songs have the quality of anthems, striking deep national and emotional chords in the hearts of Israelis.

She composed in 1963 Hurshat Ha'Eucalyptus (The Eucalyptus Grove), a song that evokes Kvutzat Kinneret where she was born [2].

Her most famous song is "Yerushalayim shel zahav" ("Jerusalem of Gold"). She wrote it in 1967, before the Six Day War, and added another stanza after Israel captured East Jerusalem and regained access to the Western Wall. In 1968, Uri Avnery, then a member of the Israeli parliament, proposed that "Jerusalem of Gold" become the Israeli anthem. The proposal was rejected, but the nomination itself says something about the power of Shemer's songs.


In 1983, Shemer received the Israel Prize for Hebrew song (words and melody).[3]


Tomorrow On The Jordan The White Town
A Chariot of Fire Lights Out Black Coffee
My Soldier is Back Fields at Sunset Green Meadows
Four Brothers Soldiers En Route A Song For Gideon
The Long Hike The Builders' Love Yesternight
Look For Me Men At Work! The Two of Us
We Are Starving! In Such a Night A Lament
An Umbrella For Two The Clown Just For You
My Dream House Ophelia Night on the Shore
Anniversary Song The Spy-Girl Answers
My Flute A Serenade A City in Grey
Twelve Months Flowers, Herbs, Etc. Jerusalem of Gold
A Short Walk The Market Song On Silver Wings
My Fathers Song Night on the Park Lullaby for Colors
  • The Second Book, copyright 1975, published by Lulav
Land of Lahadam Funny Faces For Children
Land of Lahadam Beautiful People Rosh-Hashana
Nachal in Sinai Sixteen Shlomit
Maoz Tsur Mr. Narcissus Aleph-Beit
The Sacrifice of Isaac The Witches When Adar Comes
Giora A Special Lullaby Let's Say
All We Pray For Shem, Cham, & Yefet I Have a Friend
A Song is Born The Shark On the Move
Things we Have Paranoid Summer Holiday
Bethlehem Two Street-Photographers Tall Stories
Why Did Michael Laugh How to Break a Chamsim
Yesh Li Chag
It's Late
Shalom Kitah Aleph
To Sing Like a Jordan
  • Number Three (Sefer Gimel), copyright 1982, published by Lulav
Songs Poems Imported Wine Children Everywhere Columns from Davar
AL Kol ELeh Omrim Yeshna Eretz Oifen Veg Stait a Bhoim Children Everywhere Shalom, Ida Nudel
Good People Hoi Artzi Moladti Si Tous les Oiseaux Grapefruit Pardes-Hanna
Shirat Ha'Asavim Come & Sing Le Testament Autumn It's Raining
Cheveley Mashiach Kinneret La Non-Demande en Mariage Our Benjamin Yehuda
Tapuach Bi'Dvash Begani Il n'y a pas d'Amour Heureux The Piano Vintage Days
New Babylon Zemer Un Amour de Vingt Ans
Yif'at Metai Les Souliers
Tammuz Rachel O Imitoos
Spring Parade Ki Sa'art Alai Sur le Chemin du Retour
The Eighth Day The Third Mother Barbara
Summer Your Lily-White Feet Dedication
Noa A Lament
Zamar Noded My Sudden Death
Landmarks Let's go to the Field
My Town in the Snow
Lots of Love
The party is Over
Ein Davar
El Borot Ha'Mayim
  • Book Four (Sefer Arbah), copyright 1995, published by Shva Publishers
Uncategorized 6 Songs for Yehoram Gaon 11 Personal Belongings for Moshe Beker 5 Songs for Rivka Michaeli Hebrew Versions 6 Children Songs Lyrics for Mattai Caspi's Music
Light Kemo Katsav Personal Belongings Street Musicians Musica Chanuka Shulamit
The Guest You Can't Beat Me Swan Girl Global Patrol Willow Songs Tu Bishvat Simchati
We Aren't There Yet You're the Best Old Flame Not Bialik Ne Me Quitte Pas Pesach Farewll
Ir Va'Em Good Morning Flower Never a Dull Moment One Little Kid
My Mother's Portrait Libavtini Prelude Upside Down
Noga Black Princess Sister
The Bread of Love Roof
After the Harvest Gai
Summer White Strawberry
The Flour Jar Time
Pardes-Chana II September First
I'm a Guitar
To Light a Candle
Your Sons From Afar
On the Boardwalk
Shana Tova
It's All Open
Cafe Tiferet
My Young Disaster

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