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  • Say it with song: Children’s books for the Festival of Lights

    December 4, 2014 | 11:45 am

    “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel” by Caryn Yacowitz, illustrated by David Slonim (Arthur A. Levine Books). 

    It seems that old ladies don’t just swallow flies anymore. Comical illustrations, all satirizing famous paintings, are the stars of this funny book, beginning on...

  • Opinion: Debbie Friedman’s gift

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 18, 2012 | 11:01 am

    One evening last February, 1,500 people poured into the vast sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, filling every inch.

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein stood on the bimah and addressed them: “With the ashes of Auschwitz in our throats, it was hard to sing,” he said. “With the death and...

  • Clergy push Debbie Friedman song

    January 13, 2012 | 10:25 am

    About two weeks before she died, Debbie Friedman stood with Rabbi Joy Levitt at the piano in Levitt’s Manhattan apartment, and she shared with her friend a melody that the legendary singer and composer would never have the chance to record.

    It was a new version of “Shalom...

  • 2011’s Top 10 Jews in the news (Like them, or not)

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 26, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    Last year, we started our Top Jew of the Year list by featuring “Jews who embody the best in Jewish values.”  For 2011, however, we had to readjust our thinking a bit. Below, a list of Jews in the News, with the best of the Tribe up top, and the rest…well, you’ll see.


  • Notes from LimmudLA 2011 [VIDEO]

    February 22, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    If it was a bit easier than usual to find a seat or a parking spot at your synagogue over Presidents’ Day weekend, you may be able to thank the organizers of the LimmudLA conference. More than 500 Jews from Los Angeles and beyond traveled to the Hilton in Costa Mesa for the fourth...

  • 1,500 raise voices in song to remember Debbie Friedman

    By Rachel Heller

    February 15, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    As the piano struck the first notes of Debbie Friedman’s “Elohai N’Shama,” Cantor Linda Kates paused before the approximately 1,500 people gathered in the sanctuary at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) and recalled a story about how the late singer-songwriter energized a crowd of...

  • LIVE BROADCAST: Debbie Friedman Tribute at Valley Beth Shalom [SUNDAY, FEB. 13]

    By JewishJournal.com

    February 11, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    [UPDATE: This is a recording of a live broadcast from Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011]

    JewishJournal.com will livecast Valley Beth Shalom’s Debbie Friedman Tribute, “Lechi Lach,” on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 7:30pm.  Tune in to this page to watch performances by Craig Taubman, Sam Glaser, Julie...

  • Debbie Friedman honored by peers

    By Rachel Heller

    February 8, 2011 | 6:05 pm

    The music of Debbie Friedman energized generations of Jews across denomination lines. This weekend, a memorial concert to be held in the late singer-songwriter’s honor will attempt to do the same through a celebration of Friedman’s popular tunes.

    Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) will...

  • Letters to the Editor: Immigration, Debbie Friedman, Beatrice (Bea) Mazure and San Remo

    February 2, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    Israel can’t afford to grant asylum

    Janice Kamenir-Reznik is wrong to defend illegal immigration to Israel (“Israel Must Grant Entry to Asylum Seekers,” Jan. 28). It’s not about dealing without care for “asylum” seekers. It’s about Muslims infiltrating and undermining...

  • Reform cantorial school named after Debbie Friedman

    January 28, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    The Reform movement’s cantorial school has been named after the late Debbie Friedman.

    Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, made the announcement Jan. 27 in New York at a memorial tribute to Friedman, who died Jan. 9 at 59.


  • Lifting voices — and hearts — in song at Hava Nashira

    January 25, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    To those who love it, Hava Nashira is less a Jewish summer music workshop and more a calling. Even the name — translated as “come let us sing” — beckons.

    Started in 1992 by Debbie Friedman and Cantor Jeff Klepper, the sessions originally intended to train camp song leaders...

  • Debbie Friedman: She will be missed

    January 25, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Composer, Jewish liturgist, singer-songwriter, prayer leader extraordinaire, member of the lgbt community—Debbie touched our lives in ways too many to count.

    It was Debbie Friedman who taught the liberal Jewish world to pray for healing and just as there were special prayers offered...

  • In loving memory of our chazzan, Debbie Friedman

    January 20, 2011 | 5:19 pm

    When the New Reform Congregation [now Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills] was established in 1984, Debbie was our chazzan for 3 years. She responded, and the congregation was thrilled, as truly “the old dreamed new dreams and the youth saw visions.” Our shul was “alive to the...

  • Letters to the Editor: Debbie Friedman, The King’s Speech, Immigration

    January 19, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    Jewish Life Exists in San Gabriel, Pomona Valleys

    I was pleased to read the Jan. 7 article “University of La Verne Hires New Jewish President.” The University of La Verne is a wonderful asset for the greater Los Angeles area, and now, with Devorah A. Lieberman as the incoming...

  • Debbie Friedman Tribute Services in SoCal

    January 14, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 14 (Shabbat Shirah)

    Los Angeles area

    6:15 p.m.

    Temple Isaiah
    10345 W. Pico Boulevard
    LA CA 90064
    The service features Cantor Evan Kent, Cantor Lorna Lembeck, and our resident Jazz Band “Steve Fox and Friends”

    Cantor Evan Kent...

  • Debbie Friedman: Memorial donations

    By JewishJournal.com

    January 14, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    To all of Debbie’s beloved fans who have inquired about making donations in her memory:

    A number of years ago, Debbie established the Renewal of Spirit Foundation with the goal of manifesting her life’s work and all that she stood for. Now, donations to the Renewal of Spirit...

  • Debbie Friedman - Mourning into Dancing

    By Misha Henckel

    January 12, 2011 | 11:06 pm

    I didn’t know Debbie Friedman… I’d met her, and seen her perform a number of times. But I didn’t know her, not like those of my friends who’d spent many a day creating music with her, or learning from her, or sharing the bimah with her. But all week I haven’t been able to...

  • Debbie Friedman remembered at funeral in words and song

    January 12, 2011 | 9:51 am

    Singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman was eulogized at her funeral by friends, rabbis and fellow musicians in words and through her songs.

    Her acoustic guitar lay on top of her casket during Tuesday’s funeral service at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, Calif., the Orange County Register...

  • And She Shall Be a Blessing

    January 11, 2011 | 9:33 pm

    “I am a Jew because in spite of all the hatred and violence in this world, I believe we must hope and live together as if the world were sheltered beneath the wings of the Shekhinah,” Debbie Friedman wrote as part of her response to the final words of journalist Daniel Pearl in...

  • Goodbye Debbie

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 11, 2011 | 6:18 pm


  • Debbie Friedman Funeral - Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 11 am [RECORDED VIDEO]

    January 10, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    [UPDATE] This a recording of a live broadcast from Tuesday, Jan. 11.

    Debbie Friedman’s funeral will be live streamed from Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at 11am (PST) on this page.  Friedman died Sunday after being hospitalized in Orange County...

  • Debbie Friedman, inspired by the last words of Daniel Pearl

    January 10, 2011 | 4:01 pm

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

    Debbie Friedman, the popular singer and songwriter who died Sunday, wrote the following for “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” a collection of...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: A collection from community leaders

    January 10, 2011 | 3:39 pm

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

    Debbie was more than a singer, songwriter and performer; she was a teacher.

    I first met Debbie at the third Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education at UC Irvine in August,...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi John Rosove

    January 10, 2011 | 3:34 pm

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

    I have known Debbie for 35 years, since we were on staff together at Camp Swig. No one knew her at that time on the West Coast, and her music was only beginning to be known nationally....

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: 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

    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....

  • Singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman dies at 59

    January 10, 2011 | 1:56 pm

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

    Over the weekend, as singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman lay dying in a hospital bed in Southern California, the call went out to Jewish congregations around the world to pray for the...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Aviva Rosenbloom

    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...

  • Debbie Friedman on writing music, lyrics [AUDIO]

    January 10, 2011 | 10:39 am

    The following audio clip is a short statement recorded by Debbie Friedman for the Milken Archive in 1993. In it she describes her inspiration and her mission as a singer/songwriter.


  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: 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...

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