WEST HARTFORD — Congregation Beth Israel will welcome Cantor Stephanie Kupfer as a new clergy member this summer.
Kupfer will help lead worship services, conduct adult and children’s choirs, and teach religious school classes.
Kupfer earned a master’s degree in sacred music from the Academy of Jewish Religion, Los Angeles, where she was ordained as a cantor in spring of 2018. Previously, she studied at the Academy of Jewish Religion, New York, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where earned a master’s of music degree in vocal performance, and Pepperdine University. During her cantorial studies, she worked as a Cantorial Soloist. She has served as assistant cantor/cantorial intern for multiple congregations. She has experience working with children’s and adult choirs, leading services and Torah study for all age groups, directing Purim shpiels, and performing in professional opera productions.
Kupfer writes: “I am thrilled and honored to be chosen as the next Cantor of Congregation Beth Israel. As a member of the clergy, it is my job and duty to create a kehila kedosha, a holy community, in which each individual is respected and appreciated for their contributions and insights. At CBI, I will encourage a sense of belonging, provide an avenue for support, and create opportunities for spiritual growth.”
Congregation Beth Israel is a Reform Jewish synagogue of over 700 families, tracing its history to 1843, when Jews were first given the legal right to establish a synagogue in the state of Connecticut. Today, Congregation Beth Israel is a welcoming community where people of all ages and backgrounds can deepen their spirituality and engagement in the world through prayer, celebration, learning, and efforts to repair the world. For more information, please visit www.cbict.org.