Deborah Zecher Celebrates

the American Songbook

Response to my Artist-in-Residence Weekend in Champaign, IL:


We invited Rabbi Deborah Zecher for a very special weekend at our temple and were so pleased with the outcome.  She began as cantoral soloist for our Shabbat service and her warmth, lovely voice, and choices of her favorite Shabbat melodies made the service so beautiful!  On Saturday evening, she performed her inventive and witty cabaret "Broadway Bible" which was, in a word, charming.  Everyone had such a good time recalling the greatest of show tunes reflecting the poignant moments of Biblical characters!  Deborah was so gracious to lend her talents on Sunday morning to our religious school students.  We would recommend her highly for your congregation!.


Andrea Klein, co-chair, Glaser Family Weekend,

Sinai Temple, Champaign, IL



Response to a June 2015 Program in Philadelphia


At our 2015 Closing Luncheon, we were led down memory lane by Rabbi Deborah Zecher's "Songs and Stories of Beloved Jewish Female Musical Theater Composers and Lyricists."  We learned,  we enjoyed, we were invited to sing along and we had fun as we delighted in  Rabbi Zecher's beautiful voice and were the recipients of a small sampling of her vast knowledge - we were truly charmed.  What a treat!  Personally, I found Rabbi Zecher's program to be the best I can remember in my 5 years as a member of  the Greater Philadelphia  Section of The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW),

Sandy Fryer
President
NCJW Greater Philadelphia Section.

Responses to my January 2015 program, Sermon in a Song:

One of the highlights of our recent NAORRR Conference was a Saturday evening cabaret program given by our own Debbie Zecher. She is a real pro, has a beautiful voice, and developed a unique program of weaving sermon themes into popular cabaret music. It was top-notch, and I would highly recommend her for congregational programs.
        -Rabbi Jeff Stiffman

Debbie Zecher is a true gem as a person, as a colleague and as a talented singer and musician. Her program at NAORRR was more than entertaining; it was interactive with the audience and thoroughly engaging.
       -Rabbi Don Berlin

She will delight synagogue audiences with her combination of rabbinic insights with her knowledge and performance of Broadway show tunes. I wish her well in her new career life as she pursues her musical career after an amazing tenure as a pulpit rabbi. 
        -Rabbi Ralph P. Kingsley



Response to Great Collaborations:  The Music of Kander & Ebb, Maltby & Shire,

June 2016


Don’t be fooled! Yes, she is a Rabbi.  Yes, she and her voice are absolutely lovely.  But Debbie Zecher’s interpretations of the American Songbook pack a wallop—sophisticated, insightful, charming and witty, with smart and captivating back stories in the tradition of the best chanteuses.


Sybil Pollet


Responses to my Artist-in-Residence Program at Temple Israel, Columbus, GA, Jan 2017


Members of Temple Israel were delighted by the programs Rabbi Zecher shared with us in January, 2017. We listened to songs from the cabaret repertoire and matched them with sermon ideas, found new perspectives on the Bible through the music of Broadway, and discovered connections between prayer melodies and secular music traditions. We especially loved talking about Judaism and music together, and singing with Rabbi Zecher. She has such a warm and welcoming presence and commentary often became a conversation. In other words, Rabbi Zecher was a hit! Raves all around!