Indiana University

Judah M. Cohen

Judah M. Cohen is the Lou & Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture and Associate Professor of Musicology at Indiana University. He has written the books Through the Sands of Time: a History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, USVI (Brandeis University Press, 2004), The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor: Musical Authority, Cultural Investment (Indiana University Press, 2009), and Sounding Musical Tradition: The Music of Central Synagogue (Central Synagogue, 2011); and he co-edited The Culture of AIDS in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2011). His research addresses Jewish liturgical music, musical theater, popular music, and opera.


  • Debbie Friedman as Liturgist, Composer, and Musician
  • Anne Frank:  A Musical Legacy
  • Jewish Life in St. Thomas:  Putting The Marriage of Opposites in Context
  • Adding the Soundtrack:  A New View on American Jewish Liturgy
  • The Cantor in American Jewish Life
  • What We Can Learn from Holocaust-themed Musicals
  • Rethinking Jewish Music: Exploring New Paradigms
  • Emerging American Jewish Sounds: The (Intentionally) Forgotten 19th Century