Bat Ella first met Debbie Friedman during a Havdalah ceremony led by the late star at Camp Olin Sang Ruby in Wisconsin. Friedman’s incredible charisma and and the energy of her spiritually uplifting songs caused the walls to tremble. She had the enormous fortune to not only appear with Friedman on tour in the United States and Europe, but to know her personally as a friend. Friedman’s beautiful singing and simple, but captivating melodies revolutionized the world of Jewish music, making Jewish prayer and scripture accessible to many in a new way. Bat Ella deeply admired Friedman’s ability to make Jewish song a meaningful and powerful communal experience, and the way she bonded with her audience, chatting and joking between songs. With the album “L’chi Lach,” Bat Ella has realized a longtime dream of singing Friedman’s songs in Hebrew to share their beauty with Israeli audiences. This heartfelt tribute to Debbie Friedman is a new and exciting way, too, for North American Jews, who have recited prayers to her melodies in many congregations for many years, to experience her music.
Bat Ella is a secular Israeli sabra who is very proud of her Jewish heritage and believes that Judaism is a treasure that belongs equally to all Jews. She presents pluralistic, egalitarian and Israeli Judaism.
Bat Ella is a singer and a graduate of the IDF Performing Art Troupe “L’hakat pikud Darom”. Through her performances of songs of prayer and liturgy from the Jewish sources in melodies and arrangements that express the rich musical tapestry of the Israeli melting pot, Bat Ella makes the “Jewish Bookshelf” accessible to a diverse audience. These performances have the ability to bring elation, joy, optimism and hope – a performance of “Israeli soul music with Jewish flavor”.
As a spiritual music leader, Bat Ella conducts moving musical experiences on themes from the Israeli-Jewish culture and heritage, that invite and encourage audience participation – children and adults. Bat Ella is the “signature” singer and leader of Jewish spiritual music in the network of schools of the “Tali Foundation”, that includes 300 schools with 45,000 children and 400,000 graduates in Israel. Some of her music has become anthem-like among thousands of Israeli families, including “Helelu”, “T’filat Haderech” and “Tfilati”.
Bat Ella has to her credit two solo albums : “ T’filati” (My Prayer; 2010) and “L’chi Lach”(2015) – a musical production devoted to the renowned American singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman. Both albums are produced and arranged by Amos Ben-David.