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  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Rabbi Anne L. Brener

    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

    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. ...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Evan Kent

    January 10, 2011 | 10:14 am

    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...

  • Remembering Debbie Friedman: Geraldine Mund

    January 10, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Today Debbie Friedman died and I am deeply touched by this.  Beyond a feeling of empathy of all that she went through in her life and the loss of her great talent, it makes me think of her impact on my own religious experience.

    I was born at a wonderful time and place in Jewish and...