Call for Submissions: Adding Our Voices: The Torah of Jewish Women in Song

Posted by Rabbi Goldie Milgram |


Provisional Book Title: Adding Our Voices: The Torah of Jewish Women in Song

This will be a volume of sheet music documenting the evolution and restoration of Jewish women's voices, visions, views and values in Jewish song. We anticipate jurying all entries before the end of 2017.

Editorial Team: Rabbi Geela Rayzel Raphael, Prof. Dr. Sarah Ross, and Rabbi Dr. Goldie Milgram. Graphic by Jackie Olenick

Categories to Consider:

Women in Jewish History
Biblical, Talmudic Women
Rites of Passage (across the spectrum of gender)
Jewish Holy Days
Rosh Chodesh
Prayers and Blessings
Parenting and more!


What to Send:

1. Lyrics for review
Feminist, feminine, and/or gender-balanced God and subject language are most welcome. Compositions that use only male G*d or male grammar or male topic language are not elligible. 

2. Sound files, if you have them. 

3. Sheet music, if available. We will let you know if the lyrics/sound files are a fit before asking for sheet music for the jury process.


Submissions are due no later than July 1, 2017. The volume will be juried over the fall so that production can begin.

Composer Rights:
Composers retain the copyright for all submissions and works accepted into this volume. 

Composers of works published in this volume will not receive free copies, but rather something rare in this industry-- 40% off on every copy so you can resell the book at whatever the retail price turns out to be kand eep the balance for yourself or sending it in by check to Reclaiming Judaism, and noting it is for the: Jewish Feminist Music Program Scholarship Fund (to ensure we can get you out there for programs and concerts to schools, camps, conferences, etc.)

c.  No free copies are being made available because we are all volunteers creating this and have no way to fund a free copy for you. Sales will go to underlying printing/publicity expenses first and then to funding scholarships for promotional educational programs associated with the volume. 

d. Composers have the right to republish any of your own works that appear in this volume so long as you cite this volume as the first point of publication (if it is so for your piece(s).

Composer Responsibilities:

a. To secure sheet music in unlocked Finale files (so we can make the manuscript pages work together) for any works that are accepted into this volume.
We will let you know of people who can be helpful if you are not accustomed to creating your own sheet music.
    Or, you can find or create your own sheet music so long as it can be opened by us in the Finale musical compsition and publishing program so that we can harmonize formatting for the entire volume.
   Please let us know if you are experienced in sheet music creation so that we can include your name in our list of those capable of helping with this. 

b. To promote the volume when it is ready via your networks.

c. To do your best be available to donate time to offer your piece(s) in concert at gatherings we  may be able to organize to promote the book and attendant values in your region. We anticipate that you will get great, well compensated work for yourself coming out of this project!

d. To recommend to your denominations, local Limmud and other gatherings that the volume be made available and that those in it be invited to lead sessions and concerts.  

Send submissions to: Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Editor-in-Chief, Reclaiming Judaism Press: