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Guitar in tow, Cantor Benjamin Kintisch joins Columbia Jewish Congregation

Guitar in tow, Cantor Benjamin Kintisch joins Columbia Jewish Congregation

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...

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