Galia Albin, a former radio talk show host in Israel and now a philanthropist, is preparing for a live-satellite feed that will enable 300,000 people to join in singing the national anthem HaTikva [The Hope], marking a new record for the most people singing an anthem at the same time. The event is scheduled to take place next Monday night at 10:50 p.m. (3:50 p.m. EDT).
She has spent seven months on the HaTikva Project: Live HaTikva, aimed at uniting Jews around the world prior to next week's celebrations celebrating 60 years since the re-establishment of the Jewish state. President Shimon Peres will kick off the singing in Tel Aviv, and one satellite will feed will be set up in front of the United Nations in New York. The full live broadcast of HaTikva will last 90 minutes.
Albin explained that she dreamed up the idea after hearing several Arab Knesset Members proposing to delete the words Nefesh Yehudi (Jewish soul). "I believe that if we don’t preserve the Jewish state, it will not exist," she added.