ON PURPOSE made its first trip beyond NY to Congregation B'nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT.
Folks at B’nai Israel are still talking about your cabaret presentation here at the congregation last month. We are grateful to you and Tracy for bringing your talents to Connecticut and for making our Hanukkah Celebration all the more special.
As you know I had seen you perform “On Purpose” at Don’t Tell Mama’s in New York City and enjoyed it thoroughly the first time. Seeing it again and being able to bring it to B’nai Israel was a true delight. It traveled well and worked perfectly outside the walls of an intimate club space. Even an audience not made up with friends, family and colleagues appreciated the song selections and the “patter.” The story you wove with both humor and poignancy about your journey to the rabbinate (and beyond) engaged both those who have followed your career and those who were meeting you for the first time. Needless to say the musicality was terrific and your warm and welcoming persona has a way of drawing everyone near. All who attended had a wonderful evening.
Rabbi James Prosnit
Congregation B'nai Israel, Bridgeport, CT
Artist-in-Residence as part of Temple Beth David's yearlong celebration of their 50th Anniversary
Temple Beth David, Cheshire, CT, October 2018
Rabbi Zecher was our Artist-in-Residence during our temple’s 50th year celebration in October 2018. We could not have been happier. From the first conversation we had with her and over multiple phone calls and emails to plan the weekend events, we sensed her warmth, commitment, and knowledge. We knew we had invited the perfect artist for our celebratory weekend.
It was truly a “feel good weekend.” Rabbi Zecher added spirituality, fun, education and celebration for our congregation the entire weekend. Rabbi Zecher and her accompanist Barbara Orwick exceeded all our expectations. It was truly magical for everyone who attended Friday Shabbat Services, which Rabbi Zecher led, including her interactive “Sermon in a Song” that engaged our entire congregation. On Saturday evening, Rabbi Zecher entertained our community with her cabaret performance featuring “Jewish Caroling.” We learned, we sang along and we were entertained. Responses were overwhelmingly positive. On Sunday morning, Rabbi Zecher presented her “Broadway Bible” to temple youth engaging everyone present in learning bible stores through Disney and popular Broadway songs. The children were dancing, singing and learning. Community members were in awe watching the children.
As we wrap up celebrating 50 years of our temple, Rabbi Zecher’s weekend program for our community will long be remembered. We cannot “sing” enough praise for Rabbi Zecher.
Larry and Sarah Erwich
Temple Beth David
Artist-in-Residence for Shabbaton, Temple Israel, Tallahassee, January 2018
Our congregation loved having Rabbi Zecher participate in our Shabbaton! Her combination of talent, clever presentations, humor and warmth were so engaging. Our synagogue’s accompanist, a wonderful musician, even thanked me for the chance to work with Rabbi Zecher, as he enjoyed her so much professionally and personally.
Rabbi Jack Romberg
Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat at Temple Beth Tikvah in Madison, CT
“Debbie’s performances were absolutely exhilarating! She brings an energy into the room that is infectious. Each of Debbie’s programs were entertaining and educational. Never had so much fun learning. I heartily encourage all rabbis to take advantage of the opportunity to have Debbie as their Scholar-in-Residence. Our congregation fell in love with her and her teachings.”
Rabbi Stacy Offner
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
National Council of Jewish Women 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),
NCJW Greater Philadelphia Section.
And here's a link to Six Questions from NiteLife Exchange about the Four Women, Four Stories show that I'm part of with Helane Blumfield, Lynda Rodolitz and Peggy Schwartz: https://nitelifeexchange.com/six-questions-with-peggy-schwartz-lynda-rodolitz-deborah-zecher-of-4-women-4-stories-playing-september-18-at-dont-tell-mama/
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway world writer Stephen Mosher began creating what he called Pandemic Playlists. Every few days, he would feature the work of different members of the cabaret community to provide cabaret lovers with access to music and whole shows. I was honored to be featured on both Pandemic Playlist 15 and 19! Here's a link to Pandemic Playlist 15: https://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/BWW-Feature-Stephen-Moshers-Pandemic-Playlist-Number-15-20200403