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Israeli singer Bat Ella to bring her Hebrew versions of Debbie Friedman's songs to NYC

(New York Jewish Week) - After she finished her compulsory military service as a singer in an IDF performing arts troupe, Israeli folk singer Bat Ella wasn't sure how she would incorporate music into the rest of her life.

That is, until she met Debbie Friedman, the American singer-songwriter who revolutionized Jewish prayer services by translating popular prayers and setting them to unforgettable melodies.

"She wrote melodies that are simple, catchy and touch your heart right away," Bat Ella, 55, said of Friedman's impact. "She realized the power of the sing-a-long, of voices coming together,...


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