Jessica Roda is an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist trained at the
Sorbonne and University of Montreal. Having worked on Judeo-Spanish music
in France and Moroccan Jewish culture in Montreal, she is currently a postdoctoral fellow at McGill’s Department of Jewish Studies and Concordia’s Curating and Public Scholarship Lab. Jessica is undertaking an ethnography of Ultra Orthodox subcultures of Montreal and New York City. Her first book will be published this spring.
Hasidic Pop Music
Dr. Jessica Roda
Lipa Schmeltzer—the “Hasidic Lady Gaga”—is recognized as a star
who created a bridge between Ultra Orthodoxy and the secular world through the use of popular music. In this session, Dr. Jessica Roda explores the politics of pop stars in religious settings, with a
particular focus on the way popular music is used to renegotiate Ultra-Orthodox Jewish norms.
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Markham Street Synagogue (Shaarei Tzedec)
397 Markham Street
This program presented in partnership with the Jewish Music Forum, a project of
the American Society for