Cher is much more than a singer and actress; she is also a philanthropist. In March, she co-founded a charity, the Polyphony Foundation, with Palestinian violinist Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar.
The organization provides underprivileged Arab-Israeli youth with a dynamic pathway towards equal opportunity and full participation in the building of a future civil society.
The foundation also established programs where youth are educated through music. Cher and Nabeel want to bridge the gap between Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities hoping to facilitate cultural exchange, dialogue and partnership.
“When I listen to these young people, I know that they’re standing and a spirit is coming through them,” Cher said. “It’s pureness.”
They created the charity after seeing the achievements of Nabeel’s Orpheus Foundation-Nazareth and the Barenboim-Said Conservatories.
“[Cher] loved hearing the kids, she thought this is a wonderful thing and she appreciated the talent and the commitment the kids have to playing music,” Nabeel said.