Shabbat Shira 2021


Film Screening: A Journey of Spirit

RSVP to watch the film with us on Thursday, January 14 at 7:00p.


Shabbat Shira Service

Friday, January 29 at 6:30 pm

Join us for this virtual Shabbat celebration honoring the music and extraordinary spirit of singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman on the occasion of her 10th yahrzeit. Sing along at home as our talented musical clergy and choirs inspire our worship with Debbie’s well-loved melodies, from the poignant “Mi Shebeirach” and gentle “You Shall Love” to the exuberant “Miriam’s Song.” With special guest speaker Jeff Klepper, renowned cantor/songwriter and Debbie’s longtime friend.

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An Interview with Filmmaker Ann Coppel

The setting would have been inconceivable a generation before: In 1996, or 25 years ago this month, Debbie Friedman played to a sold-out Carnegie Hall. The era’s most prolific and influential innovator in Jewish liturgical music had arrived at the pinnacle of music performance.

For filmmaker Ann Coppel, who at the time had known Friedman for 25 years already, a lightbulb went off that night. She felt a sudden urgency to commit to a documentary on Friedman’s life.


An Interview with Cantor Jeff Klepper

Cantor Jeff Klepper first met Debbie Friedman in 1969 at a National Federal of Temple Youth music summer camp in Warwick, N.Y. He was 15, sent there by his synagogue after having attended a similar program the summer before and, in his words, “apparently showed some talent.” Friedman was 18, already an instructor at the camp in her second year, and one of three song leaders.

Those early summer camp experiences, he says 50 years later, were the turning point in his life, and Debbie Friedman was the main reason.

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