Adam Davis steps into cantor role Temple Beth Torah

For years, Adam Davis had dismissed the idea of becoming a cantor. Friends, family, and even the chair of his musical theater program at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music all thought his booming voice and deeply felt faith made him perfect for the bima. Still, he demurred. “I always resisted,” he says. “I felt like… Read More

Lindsay Kanter stays musical Temple Emanuel

At home, Temple Emanuel’s new cantor, Lindsay Kanter, often breaks out the guitar and sings Beatles songs to her 14-month-old daughter, Zoheret. “She’ll clap along and dance,” Kanter says. “So music is very much a part of our life.” Ordained this year at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion, Kanter came to Temple… Read More

Ben Kintisch looks to spread Jewish values through music Columbia Jewish Congregation

Cantor Ben Kintisch says he looked at synagogues across the country. The best fit: Columbia Jewish Congregation. Kintisch became the Reconstructionist congregation’s cantor in July. He succeeded retiring Cantor Jan Morrison, who was with Columbia Jewish Congregation since 1994. The search for a new cantor took nearly a year. Kintisch moved to Columbia from Cranford,… Read More

A homecoming for Saul Oresky Mishkan Torah

Rabbi Saul Oresky’s coming to Mishkan Torah was less of a new adventure than a homecoming. After more than 30 years as a congregant, tutor and teacher at the Reconstructionist and Conservative synagogue in Greenbelt, he’s pretty familiar with the congregation. “Maryland and Mishkan Torah are an old home, actually. This is the congregation we… Read More

Local day schools stress STEM

  STEM is the word — or acronym — of the year at area Jewish day schools. As the school year begins, they are launching or furthering science, technology, engineering and math initiatives and integrating technology into the classroom. The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, for example, is in the middle of… Read More

Rabbis among 3,000 ministers marching for justice

  Washington-area rabbis were among the 3,000 members of the clergy who marched Monday from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the Department of Justice to protest inequality and injustice on the anniversary of the reverend’s “I Have a Dream” speech. “Sometimes, it can be lonely being a congregational rabbi,” said Rabbi John Franken… Read More