When Benjamin Kintisch showed up for his audition to be Columbia Jewish Congregation's new cantor, he wore a suit and tie. The formal wear drew jokes, he said, but the audition, in which he led a service on his guitar, convinced him that the job was a good fit.
"The room just filled with song in the most inspirational and moving way," Kintisch said. "Clearly this is a congregation filled with singers and lovers of Jewish music. They responded so nicely to the energy I put forth."
On July 14, Kintisch joined Rabbi Sonya Starr to lead his first Friday evening Shabbat service as the Reconstructionist synagogue's new cantor.
Kintisch, who has a background...