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August 22, 2014 | 26th Av 5774

URJ Books and Music Releases the Ultimate Debbie Friedman Anthology

Contact: Annette Powers
212-650-4154
apowers@urj.org

April 10, 2014, New York, NY – URJ Books and Music is proud to release the ultimate anthology of the musical works of Debbie Friedman, z''l (1951 – 2011.) Regarded as one of the most influential Jewish singer-songwriters in history, Debbie is known for her timeless Jewish folk music, filled with peaceful and universal messages, which have been adopted by Jewish congregations and summer camps around the world. Now, for the first time, that music has been gathered together in one definitive, comprehensive collection--Debbie's original works, preserved just as she created them.

Sing Unto God: The Debbie Friedman Anthology is a tribute to Debbie's life and music, featuring every song she wrote and recorded (plus more than 30 songs previously unavailable) in lead sheet format, with complete lyrics, melody line, guitar chords, Hebrew lyrics, transliteration, and English translation. This incredible collection of more than 215 songs was meticulously edited by composer and publisher Joel N. Eglash, formerly managing director of Transcontinental Music Publications and URJ Press, with assistance from Debbie's sister Cheryl Friedman and other family, friends, and lifelong colleagues. The book includes more than 400 pages of music, photographs, biographical information, memories of Debbie, and tributes to her legacy.

"Part of the Jewish revolution of the late 1960's and 70's was a return to Hebrew as the primary language of Jewish singing. But Debbie's unique contribution was the courage to blend Hebrew and English in the same song, using spiritually clear and poetic English to bring meaning to a Hebrew text or concept," said URJ Senior Vice President and a close friend of Debbie's, Rabbi Daniel Freelander. "Debbie's reclamation of the vernacular to express our deepest aspirations was a tipping point in contemporary Jewish music, a profound change that has created the sound and substance of American Judaism today. My life – our lives – have been spiritually enriched by her contributions, which will continue to bless as future generations sing her songs." 

Debbie once stated, "My work is my joy. It is what drives me and keeps me alive." This collection is Debbie's final gift to song leaders, cantors, choir directors, musicians--all who breathe new life into her music, keeping her legacy alive as they "sing unto God."

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FACT SHEET

Debbie FriedmanTitle: Sing Unto God: The Debbie Friedman Anthology

Editors: Joel N. Eglash / Cheryl Friedman

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 416

Age Range: Adult

Categories: Music, Judaism

ISBN: 978-0-8074-1357-9 Item Number: 993517 Price: $69.95

140 Character Review

Sing Unto God: The Debbie Friedman Anthology is a tribute to Debbie's life and music, featuring every song she wrote and recorded.

About URJ Books and Music
URJ Press is the book publishing arm of URJ Books and Music, an independent publisher of books and music of Jewish interest and the official publisher of the Union for Reform Judaism. URJ Books and Music produces textbooks, program guides, children's books, non-fiction titles, songbooks, CDs, e-books, MP3s and other digital content used in religious schools, day schools, synagogues, and homes throughout the Reform community and the larger Jewish world.

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