Cantor Judith Ovadia hails from Lower Merion, PA, just outside Philadelphia. She began singing and playing guitar at the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (now URJ) Camp Harlam. Cantor Ovadia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where she was a soloist with the college chorus, under the direction of Harold Aks. She attended the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music, where she received her Master of Sacred Music degree and was ordained as a cantor.
Cantor Ovadia's essays and articles appear in the ACC’s "Koleinu" and in Living Torah - Selections from Seven Years of Torat Chayim, published by URJ Press. She is a featured blogger on JewishBoston.com. Currently, she is working on a memoir entitled Embraceable World.
Cantor Ovadia has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Israel. She is the immediate Past President of the Bay Area Cantorial Association in Tampa, Florida and serves on the communications committee of the American Conference of Cantors. She taught on the faculty of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA.
Cantor Ovadia has served congregations in El Paso, Texas, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newton, Massachusetts and Clearwater, Florida. She enjoys dancing, swimming, and watching football and baseball games in her spare time. She lives in Boynton Beach, Florida, with her three children.