Engaging Prayer Leader
Praised for her “blithe, welcoming voice,” (Chicago Classical Review), Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman has proudly served Temple Israel of Northern Westchester (TINW) in Croton-on-Hudson, NY since 2018.
Cantor Fogelman was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2013 and holds degrees from Tufts University and The Boston Conservatory. She previously served Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, Connecticut, Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, WI, and as student cantor at Union Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, NY. Career highlights include leading TINW’s choir, Hallel B’Shir, to a triumphant performance at the North American Jewish Choral Festival; founding the award-winning Sinai in the City program for young professionals (winner of a Union for Reform Judaism Belin Award for Membership and Outreach); and singing the National Anthem at a Milwaukee Brewers game.
In addition to being an accomplished prayer leader and musician, Cantor Fogelman has a diverse portfolio of expertise in many areas including B'nai Mitzvah preparation, pastoral counseling, and media relations. She mentored teenagers on a National Federation For Temple Youth (NFTY) trip to Israel, Poland, and the Czech Republic in prayer and service leadership, guiding them towards creating meaningful moments of communal worship. She also served as chaplain intern in the Breast Cancer and Gynecology Unit at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, helping patients cope through some of life's most difficult challenges. Her musical compositions are published by Transcontinental Music Publications and her writing appears frequently at ReformJudaism.org
At HUC-JIR, Cantor Phillips presented a capstone thesis and recital called, “A Stranger Here Myself: The Postcard Project as an Exploration of Jewish Musical Identity.” The program explored an initiative from the 1930s in which prominent Jewish composers arranged Israeli folk songs that were printed on postcards by the Jewish National Fund. The postcards were created to inspire Jews in the Diaspora to make aliyah, and the songs were among the first examples of secular Hebrew music to reach Europe. She has lectured on this topic frequently, including appearances at Limmud Chicago and the North American Jewish Choral Festival. She would be delighted to share her research with your community.
As a performer, Cantor Fogelman has appeared on stages across the United States, Italy, and Israel. She performed as a recitalist at Manhattan’s renowned 92nd Street Y and appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center as an alumna of Hazamir: The International Jewish High School Choir. Favorite operatic and musical theater roles include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ado Annie (Oklahoma!) and Martha (1776).
Cantor Fogelman lives in Croton-on-Hudson with her husband, Dan, and young sons, Alex and Evan.