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A Tribute to Popular Jewish Composer

Temple Beth-El, HWS Hillel and The Abbe Center for Jewish Life will host a tribute service to the late composer and singer Debbie Friedman on Friday, Feb. 18, at Temple Beth-El, 755 S. Main St. The service will feature Freidman’s music with reflections offered by Lindsey Hagan ’12 and Jenna Lohre ’12. The tribute will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat (dessert reception).

Friedman was a popular composer and singer of Jewish music. She was born in Utica, N. Y., and moved with her family to Minnesota at age 5. She is best known for her setting of “Mi Shebeirach,” the prayer for healing, which is used by hundreds of congregations across America.

“Ms. Friedman’s contributions to the world of Jewish music as well as prayer and community have been tremendous and are truly without measure.  I know that she delighted in all who were inspired and influenced by her music,” says Rabbi David Reiner of Temple Beth-El.

Between 1971 and 2010, Friedman recorded 22 albums. Her work was inspired by such diverse sources as Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, and a number of other folk music artists. Friedman employed both English and Hebrew lyrics and wrote for all ages. Some of her other songs include: “The Aleph Bet Song,” “Miriam’s Song” and the Hanukkah songs “Not By Might” and “I am a Latke.” She also performed in many synagogues and concert halls.