Judith R. Cohen

Judith R. Cohen is a Canadian ethnomusicologist, medievalist, and performer, specializing in music of Sephardic Jews, music among the Crypto-Jews of Portugal, and related topics. The latter include medieval music; music of the Balkans, Francophone Canada, Spain and Portugal; and pan-European balladry. She combines research and fieldwork with singing, storytelling, and leading workshops in several countries.

Articles by this author

Women and Sephardic Music

Ladino or Judeo-Spanish Sephardic songs are primarily a women’s repertoire. The two main traditions are that of northern Morocco and the Eastern Mediterranean, primarily today’s Turkey, Greece, the Balkans.

Rezadeiras among Bene Anusim in Portugal

The rezadeiras, prayer-women, began to play an important role in crypto-Jewish practice after the late fifteenth-century Expulsions from Spain and then Portugal forced anyone who wanted to live as a Jew to do so in secret.  


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