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Safety Harbor, FL

 

Judith Ovadia received her Master of Sacred Music and was Invested as Cantor from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in 1996. She  served as cantor of Temple Shalom of Newton, Massachusetts from 2007 to 2011.  Cantor Ovadia blogs about a variety of subjects, from sacred music to professional sports.  She is currently working on a memoir about the crisis of faith she faced when her husband was diagnosed with cancer the day before their second child was born.  Cantor Ovadia was an adjunct faculty member at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton Centre.  Currently, she is serving Temple B'nai Israel in Clearwater, Florida.  

 

Judith Ovadia's Voice

Honoring Debbie's Legacy

Honoring Debbie's Legacy

The Jewish world lost a pioneer of music and modern liturgy with Debbie Friedman’s untimely death this past Sunday.  Friedman, who succumbed to pneumonia at the... Read More
Posted in: Arts & Culture
Birth and Other Fatalities

Birth and Other Fatalities

  A friend of mine died recently, unexpectedly, at age forty-seven.  He was celebrating the end of summer, riding a bicycle with his two daughters... Read More
Posted in: Lifecycles
Clearing the Path to Bikkur Cholim (Visiting the Sick)

Clearing the Path to Bikkur Cholim (Visiting the Sick)

Many people avoid visiting friends or family members who are in the hospital because of fear of contracting illness, unpleasant memories of previous experiences, or... Read More
Judith Ovadia

Invoking the Family: The Naming -- Galeet Dardashti

  No one may accuse Galeet Dardashti of slacking off.  The composer and vocalist serves as cantorial soloist and offers lectures and performances throughout the... Read More
Posted in: Arts & Culture
Legislating Happiness

Legislating Happiness

    Every week during the school year I take out the Torah from the Ark in our sanctuary, roll it to the proper column,... Read More
At A Theater Near You:  "100 Voices:  A Journey Home"

At A Theater Near You: "100 Voices: A Journey Home"

  Catch a special screening of this new documentary about the largest group of cantors ever to return to Poland since World War II, as... Read More
Posted in: Arts & Culture
Ki Tetzei:  Correction, Not Perfection

Ki Tetzei: Correction, Not Perfection

  My son is turning fifteen this week.  I can't wrap my brain around that number.  Somehow, fourteen still seemed like a child, but fifteen... Read More
Posted in: Kids & Parenting
Vidui - 'Fess Up

Vidui - 'Fess Up

(Adapted from an essay originally published in the American Conference of Cantors' Koleinu) I have a confession:  there have been times when, between ensuring that the... Read More
A Red, Hot, Yiddishe Mama

A Red, Hot, Yiddishe Mama

Brassy, bountiful, and blessed with talent, Sophie Tucker dreamed of a life  "beyond the cook stove and the kitchen sink."   Mary Callanan's portrayal of... Read More
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Judith Ovadia commented on Err on Side of Participation at Funerals written by Jewish Muse