Jewish music

For many years Judith led the music for Or Shira services on Shabbat (Friday) evenings and for special family services at Westminster synagogue a role she has also taken at Finchley Reform Synagogue and many other communities around the UK for various services including for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.

She is periodically invited by various Liberal, Masorti and Reform communities and events to (re)inspire singers and teach new settings of prayers to beautify and vary services. Above all, her enabling and supportive attitude is always welcomed, to build confidence and bring out the best in those who learn from her.

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 in the UK and has also been on the faculty of Hava Nashira and the Women Cantors’ Network Conference in the US a number of times.

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.

2020 Commission
Judith was commissioned by Kolot HaLev Jewish choir in Maryland to compose a setting of Eshet Chayil for a concert due to happen in May. Because of Covid this was postponed, but Judith has worked remotely with the choir and they are now preparing a virtual recording of the second half of the piece to be premiered at a lecture on British Jewish music Judith is giving, alongside their conductor, Cantor Ramòn Tasat on May 23rd 2021.