Jewish Journal

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi Paul Kipnes

    by Rabbi Paul Kipnes

    January 10, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    [UPDATE] Debbie Friedman’s Funeral - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 11 am [LIVE VIDEO] - available here.

    I read on Twitter that Debbie Friedman had died. The Jewish world has lost one of the leading lights in Jewish music. I am heartbroken. Debbie opened up my heart and soul to holiness...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Chazzan Danny Maseng

    by Chazzan Danny Maseng

    January 10, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    [UPDATE] Debbie Friedman’s Funeral - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 11 am [LIVE VIDEO] - available here.

    Yesterday morning, at 5:49 a.m., my friend and teacher Debbie Friedman left the world. I’m not sure what is an appropriate time to leave, but I’m quite certain she left too early....

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Aviva Rosenbloom

    By Aviva Rosenbloom, Cantor Emerita of Temple Israel of Hollywood, CA

    January 10, 2011 | 11:26 am

    I’ve always considered Debbie to be a genius – even when colleagues were putting down her music as “camp” music or “just for kids.” Her special knack as a spiritual songwriter was taking a Jewish practice, a holiday or a prayer, distilling its essence, and heightening the...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi Denise L. Eger

    by Rabbi Denise L. Eger

    January 10, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Debbie was an amazingly gifted singer and songwriter.  Most knew her through her incredible Jewish music.  I had the privilege of knowing her not only through singing and her music, but as my teacher.  When I was 12 years old, I was already teaching religious school music at Temple...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi Anne L. Brener

    By Rabbi Anne L. Brener, LCSW

    January 10, 2011 | 10:21 am

    For years, I would end my workshops on grief and healing with Debbie’s rendition of the Kaddish, one of her early and less well-known melodies. Her setting defies conventional understandings of the Kaddish, yet is indeed consistent with the Kaddish’s affirmation of life....

  • Turn my mourning into dancing

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    January 10, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My first encounter with Debbie was in 1986 at the Simchat Chockmah ritual for becoming an elder she helped create and lead for the feminist Biblical scholar, her friend, Savina Teubal.  Two moments in the ritual took my breath away.  The first was in the middle of the ceremony, when...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Michele Breslauer

    Michele Breslauer

    January 10, 2011 | 10:17 am

    I am a Debbie Friedman Jew.  There is no one who has influenced me more in my Judaism than Debbie.  I can remember 30-plus years ago, in my Shabbat whites, with my arms slung over my friends’ shoulders, swaying back and forth to Debbie’s music for six summers at Camp Hess Kramer. ...

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