American pop icon Madonna launched her 2012 world tour on May 31 in Israel, performing before 30,000 fans at Ramat Gan Stadium.
While visiting Israel in early June to shoot a travel show, Hollywood actor David Arquette, 40, celebrated his belated Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Claire Danes, star of the Showtime series "Homeland," was in Israel earlier this year to film parts of the second season of the hit show, which is based on the Israeli television series "Hatufim" ("Kidnapped"). (Photo by Hadar Cohen / Haaretz)
Among the many American celebrities touring Israel in May was a group of TV stars including "ER" actor Mekhi Phifer, Paul Johansson of "One Tree Hill" and "House" star Omar Epps. The actors were hosted by America's Voices in Israel, a project of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.
Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos and noted filmmaker Robert M. Young traveled across Israel in May in order to research a new film. (Photo by Emil Salman / Haaretz)
Visiting Israel to mark her 42nd birthday, supermodel Naomi Campbell traveled to the Western Wall and celebrated with a party at Timna Park near Eilat. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)
Virtuoso vocalist, composer and conductor Bobby McFerrin, a multiple Grammy winner, performed in Tel Aviv in May as part of the White City Music Festival.
During his May visit to Israel as part of a group of actors from the award-winning crime shows CSI:NY and CSI:Miami, CSI:NY star AJ Buckley tweeted: "Israel is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been."
Harry Hamlin, Rob Morrow and Andrea Bowen were among a delegation of 21 Hollywood actors that toured Israel late last year as guests of the Creative Coalition and American Israel Education Foundation. (Photo by Hadar Cohen / Haaretz)
International superstars Lenny Kravitz and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the musical acts lined up to play in Israel later this year as part of their worldwide tours.