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Debbie Friedman Havdalah service and songs of healing to be held at UMC memorial site

In addition to the tragic shootings that occurred at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress on Your Corner” event last Saturday, the Jewish world experienced the untimely loss of a beloved star, composer and performer, Debbie Friedman, 59.  She was best known for writing music that expresses healing and accessibility to Jewish prayer.

Join Jewish musicians Lori Sumberg, Julie Zorn and Scott Zorn at the UMC memorial site as they end this tragic week and welcome the new one with a Debbie Friedman-style Havdalah service and “Mi Shebeirach” song of healing.

“The event will honor Friedman and send healing to the victims of the shooting as we begin a new week of peace, or shavua tov,” says Julie Zorn.

For more information, contact Julie Zorn at 661-7761 or [email protected]

Hebrew High, a program of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s Coalition of Jewish Education,  has offered a refuah shlema, or prayer for complete healing,  in the Federation lobby for the shooting victims.  Individuals can take a petal from a bouquet of flowers, place them in the basket provided, then silently reflect on their own prayers for peace, recovery or comfort. Baruch dayan emet, may the deceased be blessed.

The following quote from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is displayed next to the flower vase:  “We know that silence equals consent when atrocities are committed against innocent men, women and children. We know that indifference equals complicity when bigotry, hatred and intolerance are allowed to take root. And we know that education and hope are the most effective ways to combat ignorance and despair.”