Jewish music

Judith has for many years led the music for Or Shira services on Shabbat (Friday) evenings and for special family services at Westminster synagogue.

Occasionally, she has also this role at Finchley Reform Synagogue for Bar and Bat Mitzvah services.

She is periodically invited to various Liberal, Masorti and Reform communities and events to (re)inspire singers and teach new settings of prayers to beautify and vary services.

Shira Britannia
In 2011, having attended what was then called the MRJ (Movement for Reform Judaism) Music conference and is now called Shirei Chagigah, Judith co-founded Shira Britannia. This co-operative of British Jewish composers, creating contemporary settings of prayers and songs inspired by Jewish teachings/ideas, has been meeting and sharing songs and ideas since then, with the aim of sharing our pieces with Jewish communities worldwide. David Hoffman, Dean Staker, Alexander Massey, Jess Gold, Joseph Finlay, Alex Knapp, Emily Rose  and Alan Byers are all contributors to the group and anyone who composes Jewish music is welcome.

Conference presentations
Judith is a regular presenter at Limmud conferences and regional days and was also on the faculty of Hava Nashira and the Women Cantors’ Network Conference in summer 2014 and 2015.

Two of Judith’s Jewish pieces – Gesher and Brich Rachamana   – were selected for the Shalshelet Festival in New York, December 2010 and feature in that year’s songbook. In 2016, Oseh Shalom and Angel Blessing/I Walk In Beauty were selected. The festival was held in Philadelphia and Judith attended; and these songs feature in the 2016 songbook.