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Cantor David Mintz, Director, Center for Prayer & Spirituality

Cantor David Mintz joined B’nai Jeshurun in July 2017, coming to us from New Orleans, LA, where he served as cantor of Touro Synagogue since 2014. While at Touro, he created a variety of initiatives to develop a culture of communal singing as spiritual practice. In addition, he reimagined young family Shabbat programming and oversaw the community’s 26-year tradition of Jazz Fest Shabbat, collaborating with renowned jazz musicians such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Cleary, Sunpie Barnes, and the Panorama Jazz Band of New Orleans.  

As an educator, Cantor Mintz has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Louisiana and has taught at Limmud, BIMA at Brandeis University, and URJ Mitzvah Corps in San Francisco. In 2013, was the recipient of a Fischl-Kohn Memorial Grant to travel to Prague with the Defiant Requiem Foundation to research his cantorial thesis on the music of Theresienstadt.

Cantor Mintz received ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2014. As a student, he was a recipient of the Tisch Leadership Fellowship, a program meant to foster transformational Jewish leaders. While studying at HUC-JIR, he served as the cantorial intern at Central Synagogue and Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Cantor Mintz holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University and Manhattan School of Music, respectively.

Cantor Mintz is married to Deborah Sacks Mintz, a musician and educator who will be beginning rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary this fall. Together with their son, Nadav, they look forward to returning to New York this summer.