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Remembering Debbie Friedman: Evan Kent

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/debbie_friedman_tributes/article/remembering_debbie_friedman_evan_kent_20110110

Debbie's music provided the soundtrack for much of my adolescence -- my summers at camp and my years as a member of our synagogue's youth group. When I had the privilege of working with her for a week at the URJ Kallah in Santa Cruz, I truly gained insight into her genius and her creative process. I also realized that Debbie was one of the most spontaneous people with whom I have ever worked. Although song sessions and tefillot had been planned well in advance, what the congregation witnessed was never what we had discussed. She felt the mood of the congregation and on the spot would suggest we sing a different melody or prayer -- and she was always right -- she had this uncanny sense of being able to gauge the "kahal" and to adapt to the moment.

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