Debbie Friedman

Applying Jewish Values On A Mission To Liberia

07/16/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Who would want to go to Africa in June? The American Jewish World Service, that’s who, and the 30 people, myself included, who -- despite three connecting flights, the height of the rainy season, and temperatures in the 80s -- signed up for its Liberian study tour.

A Brand New Day For The Reform Movement

06/13/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Hundreds of us – Jews of all ages, nationalities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds – moved in unison. Our right arms reached backwards towards the past, then we each moved both hand, reaching forward toward the future, grasping at it, and bringing it close to our hearts. Choreographer Liz Lerman led the group in a symbolic dance that expressed many of the feelings of the group as we celebrated the installation of incoming URJ President, Rabbi Rick Jacobs.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows.

The Power Of The Music Of The Night

01/12/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

So, you know how there are tons of melodies for “Adon Olam?” You may not have ever thought about it before, but there are so many out there. Yes, each congregation may default to one or another, but the words to “Adon Olam” can be fit into many modern tunes. As rabbinical students in Jerusalem, we used to do a sing-down game where two teams would compete to see how many melodies to “Adon Olam” we could come up with (yes, this is what we did for fun).

Rabbi Bellows serves as rabbi of Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh. A graduate of Brandeis University, she was ordained in 2004.

Patrilineal Dissent

I’m still getting caught up after last week’s trip to L.A. Which, like every trip I take, was an important reminder that life (even Jewish life) does exist beyond metropolitan New York.

Given that I grew up in Houston and Pittsburgh, went to college in Ohio, spent a year and a half in Israel and more than three in Michigan, you’d think I wouldn’t need such reminders.

A Name That Sings

02/01/2011
Editorial

Three years ago, singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman officially joined the faculty of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in New York. Now, that same school, which ordains Reform cantors, will bear her name.

Reform Cantorial School Named After Debbie Friedman

01/28/2011

(JTA) -- The Reform movement’s cantorial school has been named after the late Debbie Friedman.

Rabbi David Ellenson, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, made the announcement Jan. 27 in New York at a memorial tribute to Friedman, who died Jan. 9 at 59.

Friends of the late singer-songwriter have made possible an endowment to the school, which will henceforth be known as The Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, Ellenson said.

Debbie Friedman Talks About Being Gay

I left out any mention of Debbie Friedman's romantic history in my farewell piece. (Correction: Debbie Friedman was born in 1951, not 1952 as reported).

 I spoke about this topic with Debbie enough times to know that she wasn't interested in that aspect of her private life being discussed in print.

My Memories Of Debbie Friedman, And Her Memorable Words

01/12/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

I wish Debbie Friedman had been alive to hear what was said about her at her funeral.

A similar thought occurs to me when I attend other people's funerals but never did I feel it so acutely as I did this past Tuesday as I watched the live-streaming of Debbie's memorial service on-line along with seven thousand other people who, like me, were singing and crying at their desks, on their iPhones, in their living rooms, and sending messages to each other simultaneously of sorrow, comfort, and gratitude for her life.

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