A Journey of Spirit is a documentary that tells the story of the remarkable singer, songwriter and guitarist Debbie Friedman. One of the preeminent women in contemporary Jewish culture, Debbie has integrated contemporary melody with Jewish liturgy to transform Jewish sacred music, making the text accessible to a large and diverse audience. A Journey of Spirit explores the tremendous power this artist and leader has to promote spirituality, healing, and community.
This 75-minute documentary explores the transformation of liberal Jewish worship, the growth of the new profession of Jewish singer/songwriter, and humanity’s need for healing. Viewers are treated to a lively and heartfelt exchange as A Journey of Spirit places the debate about contemporary versus traditional prayer music squarely on the table.
January 9, 2011: Beloved Jewish Singer/Songwriter Debbie Friedman Dies: Thousands mourn the passing of Debbie Friedman (z”l), legendary performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and passionate Jewish visionary who so profoundly influenced and enriched contemporary Jewish music. Debbie, as all who knew her, changed the face of Jewish liturgy throughout the world and shared her talent with all who would Sing Unto God.
“Many Thanks” to all who have supported the journey of making this documentary.
Awards & Press
FROM AROUND THE WORLD
November 27, 2005 “Charleston Post and Courier” Charleston, SC –Jewish Music Film About Community
November 2005 “Argentina International Jewish Film Festival Brochure” About the film “A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT”: When the soul can sing (translated from Spanish)
February 11, 2005, “Jewish News of Greater Phoenix” Phoenix, AZ – Old Friends Team Up For Musical Documentary
February 2005, Jerusalem Report Jerusalem, Israel Chords of Reform
December 2004, Jerusalem Post Jerusalem, Israel Debbie Friedmans Spiritual Undertaking
Check the Film Festival Screening Schedule to find out when A Journey of Spirit is playing in your town.
“In time, I hope that all congregations interested in growth will get to see the film. It can be a dynamic educational tool, a trigger to discussions about nusach, change, courage of ones convictions, and Jewish continuity.”
— Judy Aronson, Chairperson CAJE 28