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September 30, 2014 | 6th Tishrei 5775

Cheryl Cohen, Temple Beth Torah, Pleasanton, CA

Debbie not only touched the lives of individuals but whole families as well.

She touched those who could hear her music and those who could not! Since 1997, my family had the honor of seeing Debbie in concert,spending time personally and learning from her at CAJE Conferences, Biennials, Hava Nashira, and Carnegie Hall. Her music and personality has touched each of us in a different way. I will never forget experiences of interacting with Debbie at CAJE, most especially the energy of the attendees, performers and Debbie while being on stage with her as she sang Those Who Sow during closing ceremonies of CAJE 30 when I was Co-chair along, with my friend and mentor Iris Koller. My husband, Jeff and children, Marissa, Jamie, Josh and Ashley each have their own memories as well. My son Josh, 20, is now a songleader and songwriter who learned so much from Debbie and he will continue to sing and teach her music and lessons. My oldest daughter Marissa who is Deaf, learned from Debbie thanks to ASL Interpreter, EJ Cohen. While Marissa never heard a word of Debbie's music, she understood the message. Marissa wrote this poem for Debbie about 10 years ago:
I cannot hear your music.
I watch your body language and I follow signing hands.
I wonder about G-d, prayers and being Jewish.
Your soul touches mine as I feel your music. Your body, soul and music help me understand!


Thank you Debbie for all you taught us and the many memories we hold near and dear.

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