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Deborah Lynn 'Debbie' Friedman (Composer)

Born: 23rd February 1951, Utica, NY, United States

Died: 9th January 2011, Mission Viejo, California, United States

Nationality: American

Deborah Lynn "Debbie" Friedman was an American singer-songwriter of Jewish religious songs and melodies. She is best known for her setting of "Mi Shebeirach", the prayer for healing, which is used by hundreds of congregations across America. Her songs are used by some Orthodox Jewish congregations, as well as non-Orthodox Jewish congregations. Friedman was a feminist, and Orthodox Jewish feminist Blu Greenberg noted that while Friedman's music impacted most on Reform and Conservative liturgy, "she had a large impact [in] Modern Orthodox shuls, women’s tefillah [prayer], the Orthodox feminist circles....