“Ritasue Charlestein touches the hearts of all those who hear her sing and speak of the remarkable encounters she has had in Israel.”
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Originally from North America, I am a storyteller and folk singer now living in Israel.
I began singing for wounded soldiers during the first Lebanon war in 1982, and as a result, my life has changed forever.
In 2005, I moved to Israel, fulfilling a dream, and beginning my full time career bringing comfort and healing to the wounded soldiers of Israel.
I spend every day in a different city in Israel, in a different hospital, working directly with the IDF and singing for every wounded and hospitalized soldier in the country.
In 2010, I was honored by IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, for contributions to the welfare of Israel’s wounded soldiers. In that same year I was invited by Chief of Staff Ashkenazi, to participate the IDF mission to Poland and the death camps. I was humbled and privileged, with guitar in hand, to sing the Hatikvah, in uniform, in a moving ceremony in the presence of hundreds of Israeli army officers. These are moments and memories I will cherish forever.
I spend each day in a different hospital, criss-crossing the country, working directly with the IDF. My role is to bring healing and comfort to the hearts and souls of Israel’s hospitalized soldiers.
I am an officially recognized member of the IDF medical corps and proudly wear my uniform when traversing the country to thank, salute, comfort, hug and sing for all of our soldiers.
I am a member of the national speaker’s bureau of UJA, Israel Bonds and Hadassah.
I have been featured in many national and international media publications and recently was honored as Israel’s “Hero of the Week” by Israel’s most widely watched and popular television talk show.