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


Bat Ella (l) met Debbie Friedman (r) more than 30 years ago. Today, she is trying to continue the singer's legacy by translating her music to Hebrew and spreading her egalitarian message across Israel.

(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 toget...

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