Europa Rossi


Also know as Madama Europa. She was a female singer in the Gonzaga family court of Mantua, Italy in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Europa was the sister of composer and musician Salamone Rossi, and the wife of the Jewish community leader David Ben Elisha. She had two sons, Bonaiuto and Angelo. She is considered to be the only professional Jewish female singer of her time, and the first to gain fame outside the Jewish community.

Late 16th-early 17th century

Nehama Lifshitz

Folksinger of Hebrew and Yiddish songs

Nehama Lifshitz was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and immigrated to Israel in 1969. She was perceived as the symbol of "the Jews of silence," which were not allowed to immigrate from the U.S.S.R. to Israel in the sixties and seventies.