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Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford Announces New School Principal

Barbara Fink has been named principal of the Emanuel Synagogue's religious school in West Hartford. Submitted photo

West Hartford resident Barbara Fink has been named principal of Emanuel Synagogue’s religious school.


The Emanuel Synagogue is proud to announce Barbara Fink as its school principal.

In this newly-updated leadership position, Barbara will direct the Synagogue’s award-winning religious school and young family programming. She will also take a leadership role in Shabbat and holiday religious programming for children and families. A core mission of The Emanuel Synagogue is to provide engaging and inspiring life-long Jewish learning that speaks to 21st century Jews and we know Fink will lead our school in this important way.

Fink brings extensive experience in both formal and informal Jewish and secular teaching including her many years of cutting age leadership at Camp Ramah. She looks forward to “creating a hands on, experiential approach to teaching so that we can create a lifelong love for Judaism in our students.” Fink, her husband Jonathan, and their two children are West Hartford residents and active in the community.

Dr. Sheila Silverman, Synagogue President, is pleased to announce Fink’s appointment after an extensive search. Silverman said, “Barbara brings a refreshing combination of passion, knowledge and boundless energy to our religious school. She will lead by using her vision and teaching experience to stimulate lifelong Jewish learning.”

Rabbi David Small, spiritual leader of The Emanuel Synagogue, expressed enthusiasm for the congregation’s new school principal. “Barbara has all the tools and knowledge to meet the challenges of raising a generation of students who are motivated, happy, and knowledgeable and love being Jewish. Her warmth, creativity and knowledge inspire all around her, including our dedicated faculty, to provide a meaningful and joyful experience for our young people and their families.”

A leading, vibrant, egalitarian congregation, The Emanuel Synagogue strives to be a caring and inclusive contemporary Jewish community of meaning, relationships and sacred purpose. For more information on The Emanuel Synagogue School, contact Barbara Fink at 860 233-2774, [email protected] or visit www.emanuelsynagogue.org.

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