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Adrienne Cooper, 1946 - 2011

I first met Adrienne on erev Nitl, Christmas Eve, 1987, and saw her for the last time on khamishi shel khanike, the night of December 24 of the calendar year just ended. Jeffrey Shandler has written in an obituary that he published last week that “Adrienne taught us all to sing.” I was one of her less successful experiments. I don’t sing, I could speak Yiddish long before I met her.

Adrienne Cooper at KlezKanada, August 19, 2008

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Adrienne Cooper, accompanied by pianist Marilyn Lerner, performing a selection from "Every Mother's Son: Jewish Songs of War and Peacemaking" at KlezKanada 2008's Tuesday night staff concert, held August 19, 2008 at Lantier, Quebec, Canada.

Photo: Alan Lankin, via Flickr.com.

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Adrienne Cooper, accompanied by pianist Marilyn Lerner, performing a selection from "Every Mother's Son: Jewish Songs of War and Peacemaking" at KlezKanada 2008's Tuesday night staff concert, held August 19, 2008 at Lantier, Quebec, Canada.

Photo: Alan Lankin, via Flickr.com.

Used by permission.

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Adrienne Cooper and others at KlezKanada, 2010

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Adrienne Cooper at KlezKanada, 2010.

Left to right: Tine Kinderman, Sarah Mina Gordon, Adrienne, Joanne Borts, Frank London.

Photo by Bob Blacksberg. Used by permission.

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Adrienne Cooper at KlezKanada, 2010.

Left to right: Tine Kinderman, Sarah Mina Gordon, Adrienne, Joanne Borts, Frank London.

Photo by Bob Blacksberg. Used by permission.

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Julie Rosewald

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Julie Rosewald in unknown opera role, possibly Prascovia in L’Étoile du Nord,.
Photo from A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-Seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life, Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore, eds. (Buffalo: Charles Wells Mouton,1893), 1812.
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Julie Rosewald in unknown opera role, possibly Prascovia in L’Étoile du Nord,.
Photo from A Woman of the Century: Fourteen Hundred-Seventy Biographical Sketches Accompanied by Portraits of Leading American Women in All Walks of Life, Frances E. Willard and Mary A. Livermore, eds. (Buffalo: Charles Wells Mouton,1893), 1812.

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Alicia Jo Rabins and Etta King

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Musician Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls in Trouble (left) and JWA's Etta King (right).

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Musician Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls in Trouble (left) and JWA's Etta King (right).

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Debbie Friedman

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Singer, songwriter, composer, professor, and educator, Debbie Friedman (1951–2011).

Photo by Limmud.

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Singer, songwriter, composer, professor, and educator, Debbie Friedman (1951–2011).

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