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Welcome to the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association! 

We are committed to fostering a vital relationship between our alumni, our beloved school, and the students who study on the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem and the New York campus. We hope that you will visit us often, offer your feedback, and keep connected, helping us to grow stronger as an organization and in our support of our alma mater.

Mission

The mission of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association is to create a web of lifelong supportive connections among alumni, students, faculty, and the school.

Working Groups

Cantor Penny Kessler, '93, Co-Chair, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association
Cantor Fredda Mendelson, '96, Co-Chair, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association
Cantor Elizabeth Sacks, Immediate Past Chair, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association

Works in cooperation with the College-Institute to encourage a community comprising the Alumni, students and College-Institute, overseeing all the Working Groups.   

Community Building Working Group (CBWG):
Cantor Penny Kessler 
Cantor Sandy Sherry-Pilatsky '90
Cantor Carla Reynolds '89
Facebook Administrators: Cantor Donna Azu '10 and Cantor Star Trompeter '10

Meets our alumni on Facebook; reaches out to alumni on memorable milestone occasions, helping to foster a sense of community comprised of the Alumni Association, the alumni and the College-Institute.

Outreach to Students Working Group (OSWG): 
Cantor Inbal Sharrett-Singer '15
Cantor Fredda Mendelson
Cantor Lucy Fishbein, MARE '17
Cantor Amanda Kleinman '15

Serves the DFSSM and its students. This group reaches out to students in many different ways: events, letters, gifts, and other worthy projects that benefit the students and connect them to the Alumni Association from their very first year in Israel to their 5th year before Ordination.                     

Recruitment Working Group (RWG): 
Cantor Sara Hass '15
Cantor Joshua Breitzer '11
Cantor Rayna Green '15
Cantor Emma Lutz '17
Cantor Lauren Goodlev '17

Works very closely with the College-Institute. Admissions and Recruitment staff and the DFSSM Director attend our meetings. We brainstorm ideas and support the DFSSM and the College-Institute in recruitment efforts. We have recommended alumni as recruitment ambassadors. We make presentations at URJ camps, Hava Nashira and other Jewish musical and Reform venues. Finally, we guide prospective DFSSM students through the application process.