Posts Tagged: Debbie Friedman

URJ Books and Music Releases the Ultimate Debbie Friedman Anthology



URJ Books and Music is proud to release the ultimate anthology of the musical works of Debbie Friedman, z”l (1951 – 2011). Regarded as one of the most influential Jewish singer-songwriters in history, Debbie is known for her timeless Jewish folk music, filled with peaceful and universal messages, which have been adopted by Jewish congregations […]

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Community: Debbie Friedman’s Gift to Us



I thought I knew the work of Debbie Friedman.  Debbie, whose second yahrzeit we observed this week, was a beloved and familiar presence at URJ Biennials, in our congregations, and at our camps.  I know that many of the melodies we sing, the songs that, as much as anything, bind us together as a Movement, […]

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Remembering Debbie: The Music Lives On



by Karen Humphrey It was January 9, 2011. I was sitting at my computer, shocked and saddened, as I read the announcement that Debbie Friedman had died.  Like many, I felt as if I’d lost a friend and the world was a little darker. I joined with a virtual multitude that night as I tuned […]

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Havdalah: Transition, Separation, and Memory



By Liz Piper-Goldberg Quick! It’s Tuesday! If you act now, there’s still time to participate in the beautiful ritual of Havdalah, the ceremony marking the end of Shabbat. According to Jewish tradition, the Havdalah service may be recited through the following Tuesday. Nevertheless, Havdalah is most often observed on Saturday evening, marking the end of the […]

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A Life of Jewish Music



by Cantor Rosalie Boxt Four hundred people are joined together, eyes shining, faces bright, voices raised in a glorious chorus. I am sitting in a small concert hall, eyes darting between the sheet music in my open binder and the brilliant conductor on stage. It is my first time attending the North American Jewish Choral […]

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A Jewish Mother’s Lasting Influence



by Rabbi Larry Karol This past Friday night, I planned for an early Simchat Shabbat service with the inclusion of some of my favorite melodies. Julie Silver’s “Shir Chadash” melody began our worship, with Debbie Friedman’s recent “Shalom Aleichem” tune preceding the chatzi-kaddish. When we came to the prayer for thanksgiving in the T’filah/Amidah, I […]

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An Uncommon Debbie Story



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 author of the modern Mi Shebeirach tune. Growing up, that was all I ever knew of her – just a name above the words on a page. I grew […]

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The Bar Mitzvah of Benjamin Avi Faber



by Paula Krone and Michael Faber 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. We also had dreams of our child being brought […]

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Rabbi Eric Yoffie

2011 URJ Biennial – Presidential Shabbat Sermon



National Harbor, MD December 17, 2011 We gather again on this Shabbat as a Reform family – experiencing together these precious hours of sacred time, praying as only we know how. Shabbat, above all, is a time for celebration and praising God – and that is what we have done. As usual at these services, […]

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The Voice of a Woman Singing – Debbie Friedman



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 appropriate question for the times. His view was that too many Jews took the existence of the State […]

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To Inspire & Be Inspired…



With a glance at my calendar I quickly compute a number of dates and times with my finely-tuned “breast cancer calculator”.  In just a week it will be my 1-year “anniversary” of the day my life changed forever. It was early last November when I walked into my OB-Gyn’s office for my yearly pilgrimage that […]

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Entering into a Shabbesdik Mood with Melodies



by Cantor Alane Katzew There are so many ways to transition in life. We have our daily rituals that accompany us from waking to work and back again to our home life. Once we bid Shabbat goodbye at Havdalah by extinguishing the braided candle in wine at the moment of separation between holy and mundane, […]

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Jewish Music – An Entry Point for Jewish Identity



by Arlene Chernow “When I first attended Friday night Shabbat services, it was all so confusing: the Hebrew, the prayers, the standing and sitting. 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 […]

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Memories of Debbie



by Cantor Rebecca GarfeinSenior Cantor, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York, NY I was a young girl the first time I heard Debbie Friedman. I had found a record of her song, Arise My Love, in my home in Tallahassee, Florida and I played the record over and over again in my parents’ living room. I […]

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