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Music is an integral part of the worship and learning life of Judea Reform Congregation. 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 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.  

The Prayers & Tunes of Judea Reform Series

Learn the prayers & tunes we sing at services through a video series launched in July 2018: The Prayers & Tunes of Judea Reform, created by Music & Worship Summer Intern Lily Posner-Hess. Click here or scroll down to view the series.


In addition to Shabbat services, congregation members help to provide music for holidays such as High Holy Days services, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, and our annual silly Purimspiel. 

Special Concerts

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. Watch the JRC calendar and our weekly eNotices for upcoming concerts.

Shir Chadash

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. 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 Music Director Allan Friedman at 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

The Prayers & Tunes of Judea Reform Video Series

Music and Worship Intern Lily Posner-Hess is creating a series of videos of the prayers and tunes that are often sung during Shabbat services at Judea Reform. The purpose of these videos is to teach our community about the prayers and provide recordings of many of the tunes that we sing during services. Videos will be posted here as well as on the Judea Reform Facebook page and Judea Reform's YouTube channel.


Thank you to the composers of these tunes, who are listed in the details below each video on YouTube and in the video itself. Judea Reform has a licensing agreement to use these songs in an educational capacity.


1) Sh'ma

The three versions of Sh'ma that we typically sing are by Tzvika Pik, Solomon Sulzer, and Debbie Friedman.


2) Mizmor Shir

The first version of Mizmor Shir that we sing is a traditional tune, and its composer is unknown. The second version of Mizmor Shir is by Allan Friedman, Music Director at Judea Reform.


3) Shalom Aleichem

The four versions of Shalom Aleichem that we typically sing at Judea Reform are by Israel Goldfarb, Shmuel Brazil, Debbie Friedman, and Allan Friedman (Music Director at Judea Reform).


4) L'chah Dodi

Beloved, come to meet the bride; beloved come to greet Shabbat. The three versions of L'chah Dodi we sing at Judea Reform include an Ashkenazic melody, a version by Abie Rotenberg, and a Sephardic melody. ​​​


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