i grew up thinking that the music of debbie friedman was what jewish is. seriously. each summer i sang her music at the top of my lungs at some midwestern jewish summer camp. just this friday night i sang the mi shebeirach with my congregation at sha’ar zahav. i celebrated havdallah on the banks of the mekong river with strangers that sang her words with me. seriously, i bet in my lifetime of 33-years i have not had a full 5 days go by without singing one of her songs. debbie friedman to me is what i know of being jewish. and sadly, this hero, this singer, this songwriter, this leader, this feminist, this legend, has passed on. may the memory of not only her work but of debbie be a blessing.
if you would like to see more, you can watch a clip from a journey of spirit, a documentary about debbie friedman, within the jewish women’s archives multimedia exhibition jewish women and the feminist revolution.