CantorEmilyWigodPincusCantor Emily Wigod Pincus is very excited to have the privilege of serving Beth-El as a full-time cantor. Her responsibilities include: leading all Shabbat and Festival worship, including family services and the preschool; tutoring B'nai Mitzvah students; preparing High Holy Day and Shabbat chanters; participating at life cyle events as well as other pastoral work; teaching the sixth grade trope and blessings class; adult education (this year, an adult trope class); co-teaching religious school music; conducting the adult and youth choirs; and, in general, using music in any way that enriches Jewish spiritual and cultural life at Beth-El. Through prayer, teaching, life cycle events and concerts, she works to bring Jews of all ages together.

A native New Yorker, Cantor Pincus studied voice at Manhattan School of Music and at La Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid and received a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University. While studying at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she served as student cantor for Congregation Beth-El in Forth Worth, Texas, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue in Brooklyn, New York and Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, Massachusetts. During her student year in Israel, she participated in a concert for Yom HaShoah that featured members of the Israel Philharmonic, for which she received a favorable review in the Jerusalem Post. A former opera singer, she has sung with Tulsa Opera, El Paso Opera, Sarasota Opera, and New Jersey Opera Festival, among other companies.

She was invested as Cantor in 2008, and her Master's Thesis title was "Hugo Weisgall, a Jewish Modernist". While a cantorial student, she garnered numerous awards and prizes in the performance of both traditional hazzanut and contemporary Jewish music, including the Women of Reform Judaism Award, the Cantorial Alumni Association Prize, the Guild of Temple Musicians Prize, and the Reuben Peretz Abelson Prize. Upon investiture, she served Har Sinai Temple in Pennington New Jersey from 2008-2011. She now lives in Metuchen with her husband Drew, stepchildren Alexie and Bennet, and the family's newest blessing (2/18/09), Nathaniel.

If you would like to contact the cantor, you may call her at 908-722-0674, ext. 315, or you may send Cantor Pincus e-mail.