Rita Jehan-Forouz is Persian Jewish family. Her family immigrated to Israel in 1970 and lived in a suburb outside of Tel Aviv. She began singing professionally as a band member while in the Israeli Army during the 1980s, and rose to stardom quickly. Rita was married to singer, composer, and keyboardist Rami Kleinstein, with whom she has two daughters, Meshi and Noam. The couple performed together in 2001. In 2007, they announced they were separating. One of Israel’s most popular singers was hospitalized over the weekend for an unspecified infection. Rita Yahan-Farouz, known to her fans simply as Rita, was rushed to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital on Saturday after feeling unwell.