Debbie Friedman: Singing Unto God

A Jewish musical phenomenon

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In 1995, Debbie achieved a career watershed, selling out Carnegie Hall in celebration of her 25th year as a performer and releasing a two-record set of the event. In 1998, she recorded a pop album titled  It's You, produced for Sounds Write Productions by the music director of  The Manhattan Transfer. In 1999, Hallmark released a line of greeting cards, the "Tree of Life" collection, based on her lyrics, with five cards for Rosh Hashanah, five for Hanukkah, and two for Passover. And her 20th album, "The Water in the Well," released December 2001, is rapidly becoming her most successful.

Debbie Friedman's work is a testament to her passion for "bringing people together" and the power of community united in song.

In January 2011, after a bout with pneumonia, Debbie Friedman died at the age of 59.

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Hank Bordowitz

Hank Bordowitz, corresponding secretary of the Reform Temple of Suffern, N.Y., is the author of Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival.