Girls in Trouble is an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of women in Torah. With this project, Alicia draws on her unique background as a musician, writer and feminist Torah teacher to mine the complex and fascinating stories of Biblical women, exploring the hidden places where their lives overlap with our own.
Note: this page is just an overview; Girls in Trouble has its own website, which is the place to hear songs, download study guides, and more!
“Beautiful…Girls in Trouble puts a fresh twist on ancient stories, as well as folk music in general.”—Popmatters
Originally begun as Alicia’s thesis for a Masters in Jewish Women’s and Gender Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Girls in Trouble draws on her background as a classically trained violinist and poet, as well as diverse influences including orchestral indie-rock, feminist spirituality, Appalachian ballads, and a deep devotion to studying and teaching ancient Jewish texts.
Alicia tours internationally as Girls in Trouble and has released three full-length albums of songs about Biblical women: Girls in Trouble (2009), Half You Half Me (2011) and Open the Ground (2015).
Curious about the stories behind the songs? Thanks to the support of The Covenant Foundation, Alicia has created the Girls in Trouble Curriculum, a series of in-depth study guides about women in Torah through her Girls in Trouble song and as well as visual art. You can use them to teach a class or just to go deeper into the stories behind the songs on your own. Check them out!