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October 4, 2015 | 21st Tishrei 5776

Jill Morales-Ratner, Congregation B'nai Israel, Sacramento, CA

Debbie, your music and blessings touched and lifted people (Jewish and non Jewish) around the world. G-d sent you and your angelic voice to us to comfort us when we are down, lonely, sad, in pain or in sorrow. You also lifted our spirits with joyful sounds and brought us together as a community.

I loved playing your music to my Pre K class when I taught at my synagogue. At CAJE 2000 at Hofstra University, I had the amazing chance to be part of the Chorale. It was so uplifting. At the end of our last practice, I went up to you to tell you how your music touched the children I taught. I told you how one of "my kids" loved Miriam's Song so much (we sing it during Tefillah at Religious School every week), that she would sing it to herself during her nap time at her secular pre school. Your music touched her and so many other children's lives. We are grateful for all you have given us. G-d gave us you, and now we are sending you back to G-d/Shehechinah so you can be in a Heavenly Chorale with my beloved Cantor, Carl Naluai Junior. We know you are always with us, and we will always hear your music and blessings throughout the generations. We love and miss you Debbie.

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