Temple Sholom of West Essex Welcomes New Cantor

Cedar Grove, NJ – Temple Sholom of West Essex is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Kupfer as their new Cantor. Cantor Kupfer joins Temple Sholom from Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut where she has been instrumental in bringing the community of all ages together, building strong interpersonal relationships, and creating a wide spectrum of meaningful musical programs including both the adult and children’s choirs.

A native of Los Angeles, CA, Kupfer received her bachelor’s degree in Music from Pepperdine University and earned a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Cantor Kupfer began her studies for the Cantorate at the Academy of Jewish Religion in New York. She received her Master’s in Sacred Music and was Ordained as Cantor at the Academy of Jewish Religion in Los Angeles in 2018.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cantor Kupfer to Temple Sholom. Her energy, warmth, beautiful voice, and her experience working with people of all ages, from preschoolers to adults, will be a blessing for our congregation,” said Rabbi Laurence Groffman, rabbi of Temple Sholom.

Cantor Kupfer, a descendant of Holocaust survivors, is passionate about social justice and educating others about antisemitism. She brings her love for Israel and support for feminist causes to Temple Sholom of West Essex. In her free time, Cantor Kupfer can be found traveling in search of new culinary delights, baking, reading and exercising.

“I am excited to be the Cantor and to help continue the sacred work of creating a kehila kedosha, a holy community at Temple Sholom” said Cantor Kupfer.

Cantor Kupfer’s first service at Temple Sholom is Friday, July 1st at 7:30 pm. For more information, please call the Temple at 973-239-1321 or office@sholom.net

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