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Debbie Friedman

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on January 13, 2011, immedately following the death of beloved Jewish musician Debbie Friedman, z"l.

Linda K. Wertheimer
Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.

Dawn Bernstein
Singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman strumming guitar

On the sixth yahrzeit of Debbie Friedman’s passing, I want to pay tribute to my amazing friend and colleague, and a gifted spiritual leader.

Cantor Ellen Dreskin

Four hundred people are joined together, eyes shining, faces bright, voices raised in a glorious chorus.

Cantor Rosalie Boxt

The first I ever heard of Debbie Friedman was to see her name printed on the inside covers of my synagogue’s prayer books, naming her the

Kate Bigam
Family celebrating a Bar Mitzvah

Like most parents, from the time we gave birth to our son, we had many hopes and dreams for him. We wanted him to have a good education, have friends and grow up to live a happy and prosperous life.

Paula Krone and Michael Faber

Abraham Joshua Heschel, in his writings just after the 1967 Day War asked “What part did the State of Israel play in the day-to-day life of the Jews outside the land until recent events?” It was an

Rabbi Daniel Allen

The one thing that I could relate to from the beginning was the melodies; they seemed to invite me to join in. Long before I had the courage to learn to read Hebrew or take Introduction to Judaism, I could sing along with the congregation.

Arlene Chernow

This past weekend, between all of our friendly banter, there were three current event topics that dominated our Shabbat table conversation - the passing of

Daphne Price
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