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October 9, 2015 | 26th Tishrei 5776

Lauren Deutsch, Los Angeles, CA

I just realized that Debbie succeeded me (by many years) as song leader / counselor @ Camp J & B Harlam in PA. She is quoted as saying that she composed many songs so that there were other, Jewish songs to sing besides the "folk" / camp songs of the times. Yes, of course. From that point onward contemporary Jewish folks could feel proud of an updated expression of Jewish joy and happiness, the concerns we had at the end of the 20th Century and into the 21st because of Debbie's recognition of the power of song. The JTA posting described her work as "folksy", and in fact she found a place were we could be deeply informal ... and yet profound. The Lost Chord was heard and sung. Debbie ... I know what you did and thank you for doing it.

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