David Mintz

(978) 727-2405
Congregational Leadership
Cantor, Touro Synagogue; New Orleans, LA 2014-present
  • Partnered with rabbis in all elements of worship, including musical leadership and giving sermons.

  • Built a multi-generational community of Torah readers for Shabbat and holidays, as well as creating a community of chanters proficient in Megilat Esther, Kohelet and Shir Hashirim trope systems.

  • Launched a rebranded and expanded Shabbat program for young families, in partnership with Director of Lifelong Learning.

  • Reimagined more engaging and musically participatory High Holy Day services with the implementation of the new CCAR machzor, Mishkan Hanefesh. 

  • Directed congregational choir, arranging and selecting new repertoire for performance in worship and concert settings.

Program Development
  • Jazz Fest Shabbat: Produced annual large-scale celebration of New Orleans jazz through the lens of Shabbat worship.

    • Booked and coordinated appearances of musical artists, commissioned new musical works to be debuted annually, implemented a PR and marketing strategy, empowered lay leaders to take ownership of multiple areas of production, and coordinated all event logistics. 

    • Successfully reimagined fundraising potential for Jazz Fest Shabbat, netting a 250% increase in revenue over the course of two years.

  • Shabbat Kumzits: Launched and developed these monthly evenings of communal singing, featuring guest musicians, as a mechanism for enhancing participatory congregational prayer.

  • Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Programming: Created, developed and successfully fundraised for residencies in collaboration with local synagogues and youth groups. Events included residencies with Rick Recht and Joey Weisenberg.

  • Simchat Torah in the Park: Developed this multi-generational holiday celebration outside the synagogue walls. This annual event features a pot luck picnic and dancing to the sounds of the Panorama Jazz Band.

2010 - present

2010 - present

  • Visioned, implemented and administered B’nai Mitzvah program. 

  • Developed a religious school t’filah curriculum for Pre-K through sixth grades, in which students built a foundation of prayer literacy and its choreography, created personal meaning and a language for discussing spiritual concepts.

  • Created a 6th grade Religious School curriculum that centered around prayer leadership and Torah trope proficiency.

  • Transformed the structure of the Adult B’nai Mitzvah program to a chevruta (partnered learning) model, allowing students to work towards B’nai Mitzvah while giving them the opportunity to actively shape their experience and build relationships through the learning process that extend well beyond the culmination of the program.

  • Taught adult classes on a variety of topics, including: Hebrew decoding, ancient and classical texts, and Jewish music.

Pastoral and Lifecycle
  • Developed and implemented conversion studies program that featured weekly one-on-one learning covering the Jewish calendar, mitzvot, theology, social justice, and the breadth of Jewish practice through text study, community engagement and personal reflection. 

  • Officiated full range of lifecycle events. 

  • Provided ongoing pastoral care and engaged in senior outreach campaign.

Related Professional Experience

2012-2014, Cantorial Intern, Central Synagogue, New York, NY

2011-2013, Cantorial Intern, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York

2011, Community Educator, BIMA at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

2010-2011, Student Cantor, Adat Chaverim, Plano, TX

2010-2011, B’nai Mitzvah Tutor, Temple Shaaray Tefila, New York, NY

2010, Educator, Bay Area Mitzvah Corps, San Francisco, CA

2007-2009, Membership Marketing Coordinator, JCC Manhattan, New York, NY

2006-2008, Cantorial Soloist, Temple Judea, Massapequa, NY

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY
  • Cantorial Ordination, 2014

  • M.M. in Sacred Music, 2013

  • Masters thesis: Voices of Spiritual Resistance: Music of the Terezin Ghetto

Honors and Achievements
  • Cantorial Fellow in Bonnie and Daniel Tisch Leadership Program at HUC-JIR

  • Palm Beach Liturgical Cultural Foundation Prize

  • Cantor Israel Goldstein Prize in Hazzanut

  • Cantor Debra Stein Prize in Hazzanut

Continuing Education
  • Clergy Leadership Training Program, Institute for Jewish Spirituality, New York, NY

  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY

  • Mental Health First Aid Training, National Alliance on Mental Illness, New Orleans, LA

  • Singing Communities Intensive, Hadar Institute, New York, NY

  • Hava Nashira Songleading Workshop, Oconomowoc, WI

Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
  • M.M. Cum Laude in Vocal Performance, 2006

Boston University, Boston, MA
  • B.M. Cum Laude in Vocal Performance, 2004

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