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FRANKEL--Judy Bradbury, passed away March 20th in San Francisco. To our beloved friend with the beautiful voice. We will miss you every day. Durme, durme, hermoza donzella. May your memory be for a blessing. Barbara Litt, Dulce Moche and Anne Treseder

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Published in New York Times on Apr. 6, 2008.
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March 31, 2019
Hard to believe another year has passed. Karen and i think of our cousin as we ride the train from Porto to Lisbon, Portugal. Love you cuz.
Steve Bradbury
December 7, 2016
Cuz, we miss you.
Steve Bradbury
December 6, 2016
una voce "grandiosa", un esempio positivo per le giovani generazioni di "Cantori" di Ladino
riccardo pedini
February 16, 2010
Just stumbled across news of Judy's death and wanted to express my gratitude for her songs and the love that radiates through them. I had always hoped to hear her sing live on the East Coast. My husband remembered meeting and hearing her in the sixties in Worcester. Walking on the brilliant snowy Atlantic beach this morning, walked a spiral trail for the voices and melodies that coninue-- . zikhrona l'vrakha.
jerusha korim
September 18, 2009
Judy was a magnificent singer and a compassionate person. I met her in 1987 and interviewed her in 1989. She honored the songs taught to her by the women at Mt.Zion and rendered them in a way that represented not only Sephardic Jews but an entire people. She was a true artist in every sense of the world and her art was not ego driven but done out of sharing and love.
Marek Breiger
June 1, 2009

A year ago today we celebrated your life. A year later the joy you brought has not left anyone.
Steve Bradbury
July 7, 2008
Zichronah l'brachah.
Lisa Berkelhammer
May 28, 2008
We were shocked to learn of Judy's passing. I had the honor to present Judy many times in concerts in the San Francisco Jewish community and always loved her music and devotion to preserving this music and honoring the tradition bearers. We heard her perform in Atlanta only a few years ago and realized that her artistry had reached the peak of perfection. She was such a lovely soul; we mourn and will miss her. The singer has passed but the songs live on. May her memory be for a blessing always.
Jeffrey Sokolow
May 26, 2008
The always classy Judy, Sept. 2004
Judy, we were sort of thrown together to sing (or some would say, screech) Beethoven and first talked when you hummed, in rehearsal, a rock tune few knew, but I did, and that began a 35 year friendship based on song and enriched by your warmth, your intense interest in others, your unique talent and searching intelligence, and your kindness.

I will always remember you, keeping in mind a favorite poem, probably by Mary Frye and written for a friend:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the Gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Andrys Basten
May 18, 2008
Although I am Judy's cousin I had only met her on a few occasions. Reading all these thoughts and stories about her makes me feel like I have a connection I did not have before.Thanks for your insightful and intimate details of my wonderful cousin
maurice (mickey) moskovitz
May 14, 2008
The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies has named the concert by a musical performer that takes place at our annual conferences after Judy. So the first annual Judy Frankel Memorial Concert will take place on August 3 at our annual conference in Phoenix. Judy performed many times at our conferences through the years and we will miss her warm and talented presence among us.
The Spring 2009 issue of our publication, HaLapid, carried a tribute to Judy. You can read it on our website after May 18:
Dolores (Dolly) Sloan
April 24, 2008
It was such a joy to meet Judy, to harmonize and perform with her a few years ago when she came to our Temple. This encounter opened up the whole world of Sephardic music to me and since that time I have enjoyed learning and performing this haunting repertoire whenever I can in Temple services and concerts. It took Judy to remind me that it is part of my own heritage as a Sephardic Jew. I'm so glad I had a chance to meet and work with this special and talented person.
Rachelle Shubert
April 24, 2008
Thank you so much for putting my poem "O mes hermanos" to music. Your voice and your music gave the words deep meaning your soul truly felt. My new friendship with you introduced me to all the songs you sang. The sephardic songs are unexcelled. Your generous, reaching out to all composers and musicians have made all grateful and happy they knew you. A perfect artist in voice and expression. Your place in so many hearts keep you alive. Con Amor, Jennie Tarabulus
Jennie Tarabulus
April 22, 2008
Judy was my first cousin (her dad and my dad were brothers). We re-connected and became very close the last several years. Judy provided a compassionate and loving yet sober voice as I dealt with the loss of my dad. She was a great listener and always seemed to find the sunshine poking through the clouds. We had the great fortune to visit together several times the last couple of years including last May when she met my fiancee and we ate at Judy's cafe on Chestnut Street near her home. Looking back, this was such a special treat for all three of us. I miss her a great deal and will always cherish the connection we had.
Steve Bradbury
April 21, 2008
I had the great privilege to know Judy and see her perform. She was a wonderful artist and person. I will always remember her and her beautiful voice.
Yanina Nemirovskaya
April 21, 2008
glen yuke
April 20, 2008
Norm Gan & Judy Bradbury-
It is unbelievably sad and painful to have to say goodbye to such a wonderful and talented soul like Judy (Bradbury) Frankel.

Judy and I were friends going all the way back to Belmont Junior High School in Belmont, MA, although we really became part of each other’s lives in the mid 60s, when we discovered we both loved and had been performing folk music separately; and decided to sing together professionally, under the very creative name of Norm & Judy.

We became part of the folk scene in 1965, around Boston, Harvard Square, Beacon Hill, and Cambridge’s exploding folk music community, and enjoyed our success and the music tremendously, playing regularly at such clubs as Club 47 and The Loft, and eventually expanding by adding two wonderful musicians...Ken Frankel, who played everything (guitar, banjo, mandolin) incredibly well, and another fellow MIT student with me and Ken, Carey Mann...a talented bassist.

As everybody knows, Judy and Ken eventually married, and when they moved to California, Norm & Judy ended, leaving wonderful, life-long, happy memories. If anybody would like to hear her in the 60’s, I’ve uploaded a .zip file of .mp3 music of Norm & Judy from 1965 here:

http://homepage.mac.com/WebObjects/FileSharing.woa/38/wo/IoUpcHbWQwnIX7V1.1/ Music-Norm & Judy 1967&templatefn=FileSharing2.html

A stunning loss, I know we’ll all miss her forever.
Norman Gan
April 20, 2008
Your music fills our home with your beautiful voice and you remain forever in our hearts. We will continue to remember you as a gentle loving soul.
Rufina Bernardetti Mausenbaum
April 20, 2008
Judy and I met at age 13 in the Belmont, MA, school system. We clicked and stayed in touch for 52 years! While I did not share her musical and artisitic talents, we had many other areas of mutual interest and passion. Her passing on leaves a huge hole in my life and my heart. I will treasure her memory and carry it in my heart forever. Joan Burgomaster
Joan Mathers Burgomaster
April 19, 2008
Judy, I will never forget our "Prayer 39" ad...we got a lot of miles...and also some good times out of that one. I will always remember the laughter and fun times on our trips. Your voice was like an Angel. Your generous heart and soul will be missed by all.
Brenda Burnett-McKown
April 18, 2008
I thank Judy for keeping a Heritage alive. She helped preserve the music of the people that I grew up with.
I will forever be in debt to her for this
Arthur Benveniste
April 15, 2008
Judy, what can I tell you but that we miss you? Your music, your
songs, your smile, your soul, and your life were a blessing to so many.
You were there, with your beautiful voice, remembering the great
Holocaust Saviour Aristides de Sousa Mendes, when, after long
neglect, he was first remembered and recognized in his native Portugal.
And you were there when the neglected and forgotten were victims of
persecution and genocide. The people of East Timor, among others, owe
you a debt of gratitude for your solidarity when their fate was a 'lost cause' to the world.

And you were there singing and reviving the Sephardic music and language
that time, space, and persecution had threatened to erase.
So it turned out that Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sarajevo, the United States and so many other places embraced inside your heart, and became beautiful songs, in a world of suffering and hope.

We remember and miss you.
joão Crisóstomo
April 14, 2008
Thank you for keeping alive the words and music of my mother and her sisters and cousins with your interviews and performances of authenticity and beauty.
Rochelle Hasson
April 13, 2008
Your music sustained you and gave pleasure to all who heard your exquisite voice. You gave generously to other artists and leave a legacy of joy to all lovers of Ladino music. I'll miss you - your voice, your laughter, your spirit.
Rena Down
April 12, 2008
You will always be in my heart. How fortunate I am to be able to listen to your songs with that beautiful voice. They will bring a smile to my face as I think of you.
Gail Kossowsky
April 9, 2008
"The lady with the golden voice"
You inspired my study of music and I'll never forget you.
Jan Thornburg
April 8, 2008
You will always be in my heart, Judy, and your voice will always fill my life with joy.
Raachel Bortnick
April 8, 2008
I cherish memories of your beautiful spirit. Fair thee well, dear friend.
Isadora Alman
April 7, 2008
Tres hermanicas eran
Tres hermanicas son
Isabelle Sandoval
April 7, 2008
It was my honor to be her cousin (on the Bradbury side) and her friend.
Joyce Blumenthal
April 7, 2008
Thank you for the many insights and words of wisdom you shared. Your life, your music and your spirit continue to inspire me! Thank you! I will listen to the music!
kate regan
April 6, 2008
I will miss you, dear Judy, your beautiful voice, your beautiful spirit.
Adio, Querida.
bonnie burt
April 6, 2008
I will miss her always!
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