June 13, 1941
Zefat, Northern, Israel
Esther Ofarim (Hebrew: אסתר עופרים, born Esther Zaied, 13 June 1941 in Safed) is an Israeli female vocalist. She met Abi Ofarim, a guitarist and dancer, in 1959 and subsequently married him. With her husband and without him she began to sing Hebrew and international folk songs. In 1960 Esther got a small role in the film Exodus. In 1961 Esther won the Song Festival in Tel Aviv, where she sang "Saeni imcha bemachol" and "Neama". Two years later, Esther made the 2nd place at the Eurovision Song Contest with "T'en vas pas", representing Switzerland. From then on, her duo with her then husband Abi Ofarim began take off.