How are Dale and Barbra related?

February 6, 2011 - 9:55 AM by · 8 Comments
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Dale Streisand with his wife and daughter

I’m sure you’ve read about this — it’s hard to miss — but the uproar over the decision by Israel’s Interior Ministry and Jewish Agency to deny Dale Streisand’s request to make aliyah, continues. Dale Streisand is, yes, Barbra Streisand’s cousin, although I haven’t been able to figure out how they’re related. I did find out, however, that Barbra is distantly related to Karl Marx, so that’s something.

When Barbra may have still been hanging out with Dale, circa 1962

In any case, some folks in the Israeli government have determined that turning down Barbra Streisand’s cousin from coming to live in Israel is probably a bad PR move given her diva-like status and popularity, and, her major donations to all kinds of causes, including political parties, the environment, women’s causes and nuclear disarmament.

Their cousin, Karl?

The thing is, the Interior Ministry and Jewish Agency — a governmental ministry and quasi-governmental agency — that are charged with handling immigration issues for Israel, used Dale Streisand’s Facebook page to get a sense of the guy. Not surprising, given how we all Google and Facebook people we don’t know to get a sense of who they are.

On Dale Streisand’s Facebook page, he has only 15 friends, which is a very small list, including at least one of his five children, a rabbi and Chabad Philippines. He also lists Yentl as his favorite movie, clearly pointing out his relationship with his famous cousin and a page favorite, aliyah organization Nefesh b’Nefesh.

But if anyone can shed light on Dale and Barbra’s familial relationship, please chime in.


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