- Posted on Jan 10th 2011 4:00PM by Mike Ayers
"She was a musician and a composer and traveled a great deal and fatigue is a normal course of that lifestyle," Jerry Kaye, a family spokesperson said. "She was looking for ways to better understand them herself and by doing that, she made it so much more available to anyone."
Throughout her recording career, Friedman released 20 albums, with her work receiving international attention with its incorporation into modern day synagogue traditions. The Minnesota native worked to blend folk music, a la Joan Baez, with traditional Hebrew styles, and she's best known for her musical version of 'Mi Sheberach' (the Prayer for Healing).
In 2010, Friedman released 'As You Go on Your Way: Shacharit-Morning Prayers' and worked as a teacher. She was scheduled to appear in Dallas, Texas and Charlotte, N.C. at the end of March and beginning of April.
"Twenty-five years ago, North American Jews had forgotten how to sing," said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism. "Debbie reminded us how to sing, she taught us how to sing. She gave us the vehicles that enabled us to sing."
She is survived by her mother and two sisters. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11, in Santa Ana, Calif.