Israelis You Should Know: Dudu Fisher
The Fellowship | December 23, 2016
Name: David “Dudu” Fisher
Known for: Dudu Fisher is an Israeli cantor, singer, and stage performer, who is also an IFCJ Goodwill Ambassador.
About him: Born in 1951 in Petah Tikva, Israel, Fisher is the son of a Holocaust survivor. After three years of service in the IDF – including during the Yom Kippur War – he began studies to become a cantor. He held the cantorial position at Tel Aviv’s Great Synagogue, and has also served as cantor in South Africa and the United States.
Despite no prior acting experience, Fisher also played the leading role of Jean Valjean in the Israeli production of Les Misérables, from 1987 to 1990. He again played the role on Broadway in 1993 and 1994, and later in London, where he performed for Queen Elizabeth.
A one-man Off-Broadway show, Never on Friday, starred Fisher and detailed the difficulties of performing on Broadway for an observant Jew. He has also played for presidents, performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and headlined his own show, Jerusalem, in Branson, Missouri.
Dudu Fisher’s singing and charisma have charmed millions, and his friendship and role as IFCJ Goodwill Ambassador – he can be seen in the video above singing in the Holy Land with Rabbi Eckstein – has been a blessing to The Fellowship.