Published Writings

Articles and Contributed Chapters

Judith's essay on dance in traditional Jewish communities appear in the program for "Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World," international conference held at Arizona State University, October, 2018. See Pages 76-78.
Link to "Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World" Program Program


For Judith's article about body image and the dancer, see the August 2017 MN Women’s Press.

MN Women's Press co-editor and co-publisher, Norma Smith Olson said the essay was "one of the ‘most read’ stories on the website for MN Women’s Press" the week it was published.

Judith is featured as a Jewish dance expert in news article about the Mizinke Dance, a traditional wedding dance in Jewish Action magazine.

Judith covered the 2016 International Dance Exposure Festival. Read "Pardon Me but Who Knows One or two or three?" on

Judith Brin Ingber with Ohad Naharin

Judith with Ohad Naharin, House Choreographer for Batsheva Dance Co.; see her article below about Batsheva's 50th anniversary tour.

Read Judith's latest article, Bravo and Mazel Tov, covering the Batsheva Dance Company's 50th anniversary published in the double issue of the Dance Critic Association's newsletter (fall/winter 2014). Judith attended the Tel Aviv University conference about the company, a unique gallery exhibition about its new on-line archives, rehearsals and the Gala performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House. Thanks go to the Dance Critic Association and the DCA newsletter editor Robert Johnson.

Judith's review of choreographer and MN native Ralph Lemon's recent book, Come Home, Charlie Patton, is published in the Dance Critics Association newsletter. Spring 2014.

Judith contributed two articles for the blog "Dance in Israel":

Judith Brin Ingber's columns on Jewish dance and dance in Israel appear in The Forward

Judith's columns on Jewish dance and dance in Israel appear in The Forward (

  • January 6, 2012, "From Neve Tzedek to a Theater Near You in 2012," (
  • August 22, 2003, "Unlikely Pair Brings Jewish Dance to Poland," about Jacek Luminski and Zvi Gotheiner.
  • October 17, 2003, "A Modern-Day Miriam, Dancer and Choreographer Yehudit Arnon Basks in Long Overdue Recognition,".
  • December 19, 2003, "A Legend Dances through the 'Rusty' Years" about Felix Fibich,
  • March 2003 special on Ruth Goodman and the Annual Israel Folk Dance Festival.

The Second Edition of the Encyclopedia Judaica, published by Keter in Jerusalem, 2010, includes many expanded articles and a new focus that includes many Jewish women previously omitted from the original encyclopedia. The dance section is found between pages 409 and 416 and includes an essay "Contemporary American Dance" by Judith Brin Ingber. Essays on individual dance artists also include her entry on Pearl Lang.

Jewish Week March 13, 2009, "Pearl Lang and the Choreography of Prayer"

Sara Levi-Tanai's book, A Creative Life

Sara Levi-Tanai: Haim Shel Yetzira (A Creative Life), edited by Henia Rottenberg and Dina Roginsky, Resling Publishers, Tel Aviv, 2015. In Hebrew, includes Judith's chapter "Turning Assumptions Upside Down" about working as Sara Levi-Tanai's assistant in the 1970s.

Download a PDF of Judith's chapter (in English) here.

Picture of Judith with Sara Levi-Tanai from 1974 when Judith was assistant to Sara, founder and choreographer of Inbal Dance Theatre.

Dance Discourse in Israel Dance Discourse in Israel (in Hebrew), edited by Dina Roginsky and Henia Rottenberg, Resling Press, 2009, includes Judith Brin Ingber's chapter "Who's Right? Whose Rite? American, German or Israeli Views of Dance," reflecting on Israeli folk dance creators and theater choreographers.



Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice Dignity in Motion-Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice, edited by Naomi Jackson and Toni Shapiro-Phim, Scarecrow Press, 2008, includes Judith's chapter "If I Survive," about Yehudit Arnon, who survived Auschwitz, other death camps and a Nazi death march. She later reached Israel and founded the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company at Kibbutz Ga'aton. Brin Ingber interviewed the internationally renowned Arnon over a period of several years and the essay is based on those interviews.


Sephardic Identity, including an essay called Is Sephardic Dance Too Sexy? Sephardic Identity: Essays on a Vanishing Jewish Culture, edited by George Zucker and published by McFarland, 2005 includes Judith's essay, "Is Sephardic Dance Too Sexy?" It is based on her own experiences performing in Voices of Sepharad and her research about dance in Sephardic communities.



Jewish Women's Archive Essays by Judith on Jewish women dancers in the United States as well as Yehudit Arnon and Yardena Cohen in Israel, can be found on the website for the Jewish Women's Archive, in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. The essay on American Jewish women dancers was originally found in the next entry.

Choreographer and MN native Ralph Lemon's recent book, Come Home, Charlie Patton, is reviewed by Judith Brin Ingber on his publisher's website, here. Summer 2013.

Dance Magazine column, "Teacher's wisdom," featuring Judith's interview with Bonnie Mathis. July 2004, vol. 78, no. 7, p. 48-49.

Judith Brin Ingber, "Vilified or Glorified? Views of the Jewish Body in 1947,"Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, Summer 2000. This article juxtaposes the development of Israeli folk dance in British Mandate Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s simultaneously with Nazi rulings to annihilate Jews and Jewish culture including dance. The article also documents the tour of kibbutz dancers in 1947 and their meetings with Holocaust survivors in European Displaced Persons camps. An updated version of this appears as ""Vilified or Glorified? Nazi Versus Zionist Views of the Jewish Body," in Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, see above.

"Felix Fibich, Dancer and Choreographer," Excerpts from an Oral History for the New York Public Library's Dance Division, interview conducted by and article written by Judith Brin Ingber in "Jewish Dance," The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review,. vol. 20 #1-2, 2000, 78-86. An updated version of this appears as "The Unwitting Gastrol", see Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance, above.

The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, published by Yale University Press and YIVO. The two volume encyclopedia includes an article on Theatrical Dance and also a biography of Felix Fibich by Judith Brin Ingber.

Judith Brin Ingber, American Biography, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. See her articles on George Amberg. 400-401; Fred Berk,. 645-646; and Lillian Shapero, 713-714.

Judith Brin Ingber, "Ze'eva Cohen: Dancer, Choreographer, Educator," International Dictionary of Modern Dance, Detroit: St. James Press, 1998. This extensive biographic article on Israeli-American choreographer and creator of the Princeton University dance program , Ze'eva Cohen also lists Cohen's choreographic works.,135-138.

International Encyclopedia of Dance Judith Brin Ingber and Giora Manor, "Israel: An Overview," International Encyclopedia of Dance. 6 vols., edited by Selma Jeanne Cohen, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Ingber also wrote the articles on Fred Berk, Sara Levi-Tanai and Gurit Kadman.

Judith Brin Ingber, "Dance," The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion. Editors R.J. Zwi Werblowsky and Geoffrey Wigoder. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Judith's article, "Jewish American Women Dancers," discusses choreographers, performers and critics in American theater dance and their intersection with Jewish culture. Jewish Women in America, An Historical Encyclopedia, 2 vols. , New York and London: Routledge, 1997, edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore.

Judith Brin Ingber, "The Priestesses, Yardena Cohen and Sara Levi-Tanai." Dance Chronicle: 18, #3 (Winter 1995), 453, 39-58. This is not only a biography of Yardena Cohen and Sara Levi-Tanai, but ties them to the ancient Temple of Solomon with their priestly inheritance indicated by their last names, Levi and Cohen.

Judith Brin Ingber, "Jewish Dancers in America," Jewish-American History and Culture, An Encyclopedia. Editors Jack Fischel and Sanford Pisker. New York and London: Garland, 1992. This article includes information on Jewish dancers in American ballet, American modern dance, and Yiddish theater.

Judith Brin Ingber, "Fred Berk: The Metamorphosis of a European Dancer, 1939-1949." Dance Chronicle 7.1, 1984, 1-32.

Judith Brin Ingber wrote, The Gamin Speaks: Conversations with Gertrud KrausDance Magazine, March 1976, "The Gamin Speaks: Conversations with Gertrud Kraus"

"The Gamin Speaks" is a fully illustrated portrayal of Gertrud Kraus, Viennese modern dancer who was prescient about the doom of Jewish life in Europe, moving to Tel Aviv in 1935. One of Israel's seminal founders of modern dance, she performed, choreographed, and then taught and sculpted until her death in 1977. Ze'eva Cohen, featured on the cover (soloist, famous Anna Sokolow interpreter and founder of Princeton University's Dance Program) grew up in Gertrud Kraus's Tel Aviv studio.

Judith Brin Ingber and Giora Manor, The Israel Dance Annual, edited by both beginning with the first issue published in 1976. For information about articles by Judith Brin Ingber in the Annual, contact Ruth Eshel, editor of Israeli dance magazine heir to The Israel Dance Annual or Judith.




Seeing Israeli & Jewish Dance book cover

Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance.

Do you want to find out about:

  • the Hora,
  • Jewish wedding dances,
  • Shorashim, or the roots of Jewish folk dance,
  • Jewish modern dancers in Europe or America,
  • mitsveh dances, or mitsveh tans,
  • Batsheva Dance, and
  • Ohad Naharin (inventor of Gaga)?

Get expert information and writing about these subjects and more in Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance.

Leading Judaica publisher Wayne State University Press ( produced Judith's remarkable art-size anthology on the diversity of dance in Judaism and in Israel in June, 2011. The contributing writers, experts from Israel, Europe and the United States, reflect in their essays the diverse views of dance historians, critics, ethnographers, sociologists and dancers. The essays are divided into unusual visual, dance-minded chapters including, "In the Spotlight," "Zoom in and Then Pan, " Cut Back to Europe;" "Going Live" and "Split Screen," illustrated with 182 remarkable photographs.

The authors and their essays include:

  • Gaby Aldor ("Naming It Jewish: The Dichotomy Between Jewish and Israeli Dance");
  • Felix Fibich ("The Unwitting Gastrol: Touring the Soviet Union, France, the United States, Canada, Israel, South America, Europe and Back to Poland);
  • Zvi Friedhaber ("The Bride and Her Guests: The Dance with the Separating Kerchief");
  • Jill Gellerman ("Rehearsing for Ultimate Joy Among the Lubavitcher Hasidim: Simchas Bais Hasho'eva in Crown Heights);
  • Ayalah Goren-Kadman ("Feet on the Ground: Experiencing Kurdish Jews Through Their Dance");
  • Yehuda Hyman ("Three Hasidic Dances: a Personal Journey");
  • Judith Brin Ingber ("Introduction: Coming into Focus" ; "Shorashim: The Roots of Israeli Folk Dance"; and "Vilified or Glorified? Nazi Versus Zionist Views of the Jewish Body");
  • Naomi M. Jackson ("Searching for Moving Metaphors: Jewishness in American Modern and Postmodern Dance");
  • Elke Kaschl ("Beyond Israel to New York: How to Perform ‘Community' Under the Impact of Globalization";
  • Sara Levi-Tanai ("From Street Urchin to International Acclaim: A Personal Testimony");
  • Dawn Lille ("Ethiopians in Israel: Their History and Their Dance from Ethnic to Contemporary");
  • Giora Manor ("Extending the Traditional Wedding Dance: Inbal Dance Theatre's Yemenite Wedding and the ‘Dance of the Beggars' in Habimah National Theatre's Dybbuk);
  • Josh Perelman ("'I'm the Everybody Who's Nobody, I'm the Nobody Who's Everybody': How Sophie Maslow's Popular Front Choreography Helped Shape American Jewish Identity");
  • Dina Roginsky ("The Israeli Folk Dance Movement: Structural Changes and Cultural Meanings");
  • Janice Ross (("Jewish Culture and Identity in the Russian Ballet: The Case of Leonid Jacobson");
  • Barbara Sparti ("Jewish Dancing-Masters and ‘Jewish Dance' in Renaissance Italy: Guglielmo Ebreo and Beyond");
  • Nina S. Spiegel ("Cultural Production in Tel Aviv: Yardena Cohen and the National Dance Competition of 1937"); and
  • Shalom Staub ("Wedding Dances of a Yemenite Jewish Village in Israel: Repertoire, Values, and Social Meaning").

Judith Brin Ingber with Wayne State University Press's Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wildfong, at the Association of Jewish Studies Conference. Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance is available through Wayne State Univ Press and also Amazon for less than $40.00.

Judith with her editor, Wayne State University Press's Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wildfong, at the recent book exhibition of the Association of Jewish Studies Conference.

For further information, including photos, see the page for Judith's book, Seeing Israeli & Jewish Dance.

See also Judith's Facebook Group for upcoming book tours and events.


Victory Dances: The Story of Fred Berk, A Modern Day Jewish Dancing Master

Victory Dances: The Story of Fred Berk, A Modern Day Jewish Dancing Master

This duo-language text in both Hebrew and in English, published in Tel Aviv by The Israel Dance Library, 1985 is the official biography of Fred Berk by Judith Brin Ingber. It is the exciting story of Berk's life; began his dance career in Vienna with Gertrud Kraus, escaped the Nazis and eventually created the Jewish Dance Division at the 92Y in New York City. He was seminal to the introduction of important Israeli folk dance creators and Israeli folk dance in the United States.



'Jewish Dance,' The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, vol. 20 #1-2, 2000, guest edited by Judith Brin Ingber "Jewish Dance," The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, vol. 20 #1-2, 2000, guest edited by Judith Brin Ingber.

Shorashim: The Roots of Israeli Folk Dance Dance Perspectives "Shorashim: The Roots of Israeli Folk Dance", Dance Perspectives 59, Autumn 1974, Pp. 1-60, richly illustrated. This monograph by Judith Brin Ingber in the important dance series created by Selma Jeanne Cohen, is based on interviews of Israel's decisive folk dance creators conducted when many were remembering back to their pioneering work in the 1930s and ‘40s. An updated version appears in chapter 6 of Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance.

Dancing into Marriage: Jewish Wedding Dances Judith edited the Congress on Research in Dance's special "Dancing into Marriage: Jewish Wedding Dances," Dance Research Journal 17/18 (Fall 1985/ Spring 1986). The issue includes several articles by authors including LeeEllen Friedland, Shalom Staub, Giora Manor and others on different Jewish wedding dance subjects. The authors originally presented their research at a dance conference accompanied by wedding dance workshops held at the Minneapolis Jewish Community Center as a regional Congress on Research and Dance conference. A Video tape transferred to DVD, edited by Judith Brin Ingber and Alice Bloch, from the 1982 conference "Dancing into Marriage: Jewish Wedding Dances," held at the Jewish Community Center of Minneapolis in 1982 includes excerpts from some of the papers and workshop demonstrations of Yemenite wedding dances (taught by Shalom Staub), Hasidic wedding dances (taught by Jill Gellerman), Eastern European, wedding dances (taught by LeeEllen Friedland and Persian Jewish wedding dances (taught by Dorna Nili and Sima Askari). If interested in purchasing the DVD ‘Dancing into Marriage: Jewish Wedding Dances" send inquiries to