The blast at Hebrew University, which killed at least eight people, destroyed the Frank Sinatra International Student Center, a place where Israeli, Arab, and foreign students were safe to meet.
Frank Sinatra, an American icon, donated well over a million dollars to the American Friends of Hebrew University in the 1970's. Some of those in the Frank Sinatra International Student Center were foreign students taking summer school classes, including at least two American students who were killed in the attack. The building is next door to the Rothberg International School, where about 80 pupils from the U.S. and other Western countries arrived Wednesday to prepare for the fall semester.
In 1969, Frank Sinatra played a role as a Texas aviator in the Israeli Air Force in "Cast a Giant Shadow," filmed in Israel. He donated his salary for the part to the Arab-Israeli Youth Center in Nazareth, which focuses on co-existence programs for children.
In 1978, Sinatra went to Israel once again, this time to receive the National Scopus Award and the dedication of the Frank Sinatra International Student Center at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University (another building named for him is the Frank Sinatra Youth Center in Nazareth). At the Hebrew University campus, the names of a handful of past honorees are inscribed on a stone wall -- Frank Sinatra, Albert Einstein, Barbara Streisand, Steven Spielberg and others.
Sinatra also made a significant contribution to the making of "Genocide," a film about the Holocaust, and became a member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Board of Trustees. Thereafter, Frank Sinatra made numerous appearances for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust, and was directly responsible for raising additional funds for the film.