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Press Release: Debbie Friedman Memorial Service

JANUARY 10, 2011 (NEW YORK CITY) — IJPA, the International Jewish Presenters Association, the Fifth Annual Schmooze Conference and City Winery join the community at large in mourning the loss of the legendary Jewish performing artist, Debbie Friedman, who passed away Sunday from complications of pneumonia. Debbie will be missed for the truly talented artist and visionary she was for more than half a century.

Debbie was scheduled to perform at IJPA’s annual conference in New York City January 11th – 12th at City Winery. The IJPA community of artists, presenters and admirers remains deeply saddened by her passing.

To honor her memory, IJPA will be holding a musical memorial service with Schmooze Keynote Speaker and Israeli rock-star David Broza on Tuesday January 11th as the opening ceremony of the annual Schmooze conference. Other performers include Neshama Carlebach and Paul Shapiro. Reflections will be shared by Moishe Rosenfield, Debbie’s longtime booking agent and close personal friend for decades.

“Debbie embodies the work of many of the people of the Schmooze conference and it is truly fitting that we honor Debbie and her legacy by sharing her music, as performed by her peers and friends.” said Michael Dorf, Chair of IJPA and founder of City Winery in paying homage to Debbie and her lifelong contribution to the Jewish and Israeli artistic community.

“Debbie Friedman embodied a generosity of heart, love and spirit,” said Schmooze Director and IJPA Executive Director David Franklin. “Although she had no biological children of her own, she helped uplift and nourish the countless Jewish souls who were touched and inspired by her music. She was courageous as a performer, inspiring her audiences to open their hearts.”

“Like Shlomo Carlebach brought shul into camp, Debbie Friedman brought camp into shul. Debbie will be sorely missed but her heartfelt lyrics and melodies, which are so beloved throughout the world, will continue to shine her light forever,” said Schmooze Assistant Director Lisa Alcalay Klug.

For more information and press passes to attend the memorial, please contact David Franklin:  (917) 362-9013.

IJPA, housed online at JewishPresenters.org, is a vibrant community of individual Jewish artists of all genres and presenters–representatives of Jewish cultural venues, including JCCs, synagogues, festivals and more.

155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013, (917)-362-9013  Schmooze 11: Jewish Culture Conference, January 11 & 12, 2011, NYC


Twitter: @jewisharts

contact: david@oyhoo.com, 917-362-9013

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