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October 4, 2015 | 21st Tishrei 5776

Ethel Liebman, Boynton Beach, FL

I first met a very young Debbie at Camp Eisner during the summer when my daughter was a CIT and Debbie was the song leader. As a child, I attended camps where singing was very much an integral part of everyday camp life, but I can vividly recall the solemn joy that I had never before experienced when I heard Debbie leading the children in the prayerful songs she had written. I immediately became a fan. In later years I watched Debbie perform at several of the UAHC (now URJ) Biennial Conventions that I had attended, and was privileged to share the stage with her on several occasions – first as a member of the very first volunteer choir to sing at the San Francisco Biennial at the conclusion of Shabbat Services, and later when Debbie performed a concert at Florida Atlantic University in Florida and had invited members of the audience to join her on stage. Debbie's voice will be missed, but I have no doubt that her creative music and lyrics which have been indelibly etched into the psyche of Jews of every denomination will live on forever.

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