This Israeli songwriter is famous for lyrics of such songs as "Jerusalem of Gold" and "Lu Yehi"
Naomi Shemer's songs are sung by everyone--in kindergartens, schools, youth movements and army units, at events both of rejoicing and of mourning.
Her final piece, Ilan, composed just three weeks before her death, was a tribute to Israeli astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon (1954–2003), who died in the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003.
Naomi Shemer died on June 26, 2004 at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv from consequences of her long bout with cancer. She was buried at her birthplace, Kibbutz Kinneret, overlooking the lake of which she had so often sung. In fulfillment of her request, the mourners at her funeral--broadcast on national television--gave no eulogies; three of her songs were sung instead.
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