Rabbi Michael Pincus
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Rabbi Michael Pincus joined Congregation Beth Israel in 2004 as its Assistant Rabbi and assumed the responsibilities of Senior Rabbi in 2011. Inspired to become a rabbi because of his love of Jewish stories and music, and the power of Judaism to guide his life, he is committed to helping create a warm and welcoming community for all where they can find opportunities for spiritual growth and engagement with the world.
Rabbi Pincus was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2004. His studies followed those at the University of Virginia, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master’s Degree in elementary education and secondary social studies. During his years at HUC, Rabbi Pincus served as a student rabbi in Fredericksburg, Virginia, River Edge, New Jersey, Newton, Massachusetts and as the family educator at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills, New York. Since arriving to West Hartford, he has served on the Commission of Jewish Education and Leadership, Hartford Hospital’s Pastoral Advisory Committee, University of Connecticut’s IRB panel, and the Greater Hartford Rabbinic Association.
Rabbi Pincus is married to Randi, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and NYU Law School. They have three sons, Jonathan, Ari, and Benjamin. When he has time, he enjoys hiking, camping, cooking and travel, and is still trying to learn how to play the guitar.
Rabbi Andi Fliegel
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Rabbi Andi Fliegel joined Congregation Beth Israel in July of 2016. She was ordained in May 2016 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she received Masters degrees in Hebrew Letters and Religious Education. She grew up in the Reform movement in St. Louis, Missouri and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Reflecting on her educational experience at Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Fliegel commented, “I embarked on a journey that would enable me to explore my passions as an educator, pastor, and pursuer of social justice through various internships and fellowships in congregations, camps, hospitals, and campus Hillel work. These opportunities have broadened my sense of spirit, sense of self, and my sense of the rabbinate.”
Cantor Lauren Phillips
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Cantor Lauren Phillips joined Congregation Beth Israel in July of 2016. She comes to us from Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she served as its Cantor for the past three years. While at Congregation Sinai, she founded an award-winning “Sinai in the City” program for young professionals and developed “Itsy Bitsy Sinai,” a program for children under four and their families. She has a strong background in community engagement and congregational work with all age groups. Cantor Phillips was ordained by the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013. She completed undergraduate studies at Tufts University and earned a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at The Boston Conservatory.