Music at Judea Reform

Music is an integral part of the worship and learning life of Judea Reform Congregation. Rabbi Bach and our new Education Director, Rabbi Nelson, both bring musical leadership and vision to the Congregation and strongly believe in the ability of music to create community and holiness in our midst. All Congregants are encouraged to participate in worship services through sung prayer.  Shabbat evening and morning services are led in part by lay worship leaders or Shlihei Tzibur who are members of the congregation. Our clergy and Shliehei Tzibur strive to infuse the services with simcha (joy) and kedushah (holiness). Services at Judea Reform feature high-quality contemporary and traditional Reform music in tune with the meaning and message of the particular service. Congregants of all ages participate on the bimah in almost every service, enhancing worship with their vocal or instrumental offerings or by chanting Torah.  

In addition to Shabbat services, congregation members help to provide music for Holiday and life cycle events such as High Holiday services, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim, and weddings.

Judea Reform presents a series of concerts and special musical evenings through the year  Guest Artists have included Julie Silver, Rosalie Boxt, Rick Recht, Noam Katz, and Dan Nichols. Stay tuned for more information on this year’s series: Shir Simcha.

Congregants may also participate in our informal singing group, Shir Chadash, which meets twice a month to sing together and learn new melodies. Shir Chadash (literally, “new song”) is Judea Reform’s informal singing group. It is open to everyone, with no attendance requirement. We gather at Judea Reform two times each month for an hour to sing with Rabbi Bach and Music Director Allan Friedman. The ability to read music or Hebrew is not a prerequisite for joining, and singers of all ability and experience levels are most welcome as we create community through joyful singing and learn more about Jewish music. Occasionally the group is also asked to sing as a part of Shabbat or Holy Day worship with appropriate rehearsals. Feel free to attend when you see a rehearsal on the Judea Reform calendar, or contact Allan Friedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to see you!

For more information on becoming involved or to make a suggestion about music at Judea Reform, please contact Music Director Allan Friedman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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