For Cantor Emily Wigod Pincus, creating community through music is foundation of her cantorial work. Finding the right music, poetry, and prayer that leads to a soul connection is her passion.
In addition to leading the congregation in prayer, Cantor Pincus oversees the b’nei mitzvah program; teaches music and trope to religious school students and adults; conducts the temple’s choirs and bands; officiates at life cycle events; and engages in traditional pastoral work. To enrich this work, she recently participated in an 18-month Clergy Leadership Program with the Institute for Jewish Spirituality which consisted of silent meditation, text study, and prayer.
Under Cantor Pincus’s enthusiastic teaching, Temple Beth-El has grown into, what she calls, a “chanting congregation.” Each year, more than fifty congregants—young and old—chant from the Torah at Shabbat and High Holy Day services. This congregational participation has strengthened the already strong communal character of worship Temple Beth-El deeply values.
A native New Yorker and former opera singer, Cantor Pincus studied voice at Manhattan School of Music and at La Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid. While studying at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she served as student cantor for congregations in Texas, New York, and Massachusetts. Cantor Pincus has also garnered numerous awards and prizes in the performance of both cantorial and contemporary Jewish music. Her investiture as Cantor in 2008, culminated a love for both music and Judaism that extends back to childhood.
Cantor Pincus and her husband, Drew, live in Metuchen. Between them, they have three children, Alexie, Bennet, and Nathaniel. In her free time, Cantor Pincus enjoys foreign language movies, all kinds of music, art, theater, and reading.
You can reach Cantor Pincus at 908-722-0674, ext. 315 or via email.