Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
(Here’s a press release for the great Debbie Friedman and an honorable cause. — JM)
“DEBBIE & FRIENDS:” CONCERT TO BENEFIT HUC-JIR AND ITS SCHOOL OF SACRED MUSIC
– Launching of National Cantorial Scholarship Initiative
On Thursday, November 12, 2009, legendary American Jewish composer, singer, and recording artist, Debbie Friedman, will be the featured performer at a concert to benefit Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and its School of Sacred Music (SSM).
“Debbie & Friends” will also include performances by The Afro-Semitic Experience, HaZamir (the International Jewish High School Choir), The Western Wind, HUC-JIR Alumni, Faculty and Students, as well as surprise guests. All will be performing the music of the woman who the Jerusalem Post has called a “phenomenon” and the New York Times has lauded for creating “a powerful and euphoric body of work.”
In 2007, Debbie was appointed to the Faculty of the Hebrew Union College – School of Sacred Music and the fact that the concert is a benefit in support of HUC-JIR and the SSM is something that is of great importance to her. “My love for the students of HUC-JIR is beyond what I can describe,” she said, “and I will support them in any way that I can.”
The “Debbie & Friends” Concert will also launch the “Cantorial Invest-in-a-Student Campaign.” Cantorial alumni are supporting the education of their emerging colleagues and successors through this initiative in which donors sponsor students for their five years of study at HUC-JIR, from the Year-in-Israel through investiture. The public is invited to support this important campaign.
Founded in 1875, HUC-JIR is the nation’s oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. The School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR in New York is the only Reform Jewish cantorial school in North America and the nation’s oldest institution dedicated to training cantors. Since its founding, the SSM has trained 451 cantors who serve communities throughout North America, Israel and around the world.
The November 12th concert will be held at Central Synagogue in New York City (Lexington Avenue at 55th Street) at 6 pm. To purchase tickets, contact Maria Vento at 212-838-2660 ext.16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.