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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