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Twitter, Wikipedia report that singer Debbie Friedman has died [DEVELOPING STORY]

by JewishJournal.com

January 9, 2011 | 11:26 am

[UPDATE] This story has been confirmed.  Click here for the complete article.

According to several Twitter accounts and the wikipedia page, popular Jewish musician Debbie Friedman has died this morning at 5:49am.  JewishJournal.com is looking into this developing story.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes of Congregation Or Ami writes on his Twitter page:

I am saddened to inform you that Debbie Friedman died this morning at 5:49am PST. The family has asked for people to respect their time…

Friedman had been in critical condition and was being held on a respirator in a medically-induced coma in an Orange County, California hospital. 

A healing service was scheduled for Sunday evening at the Manhattan JCC and was set to be viewed online. There is no word if the service will become a memorial tribute or not.
According to JTA, “Friedman, who was in her late 50s, is widely credited with reinvigorating synagogue music by introducing a more folksy, sing-along style to American congregations. In 2007 she was appointed to the faculty of the Reform movement’s cantorial school in a sign that her style had gained mainstream acceptance.”

Watch a video tribute to Debbie Friedman

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