DEBORAH SACKS MINTZ

Musician. Prayer Leader. Educator.

ABOUT DEBORAH

A transformative prayer leader and musician, Deborah Sacks Mintz has served innovative institutions around the country as a teacher of Torah and communal Jewish music. As the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, Deborah serves as a resource to those seeking to cultivate the grassroots musical and spiritual creativity of the Jewish people.

 

In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a myriad of musicians and ensembles. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

 

MUSIC AND PRAYER

As an experienced ba'al tefilah and leader of communal prayer, Deborah seeks to support communities in unlocking their own abilities to lead and empower their spiritual selves. Through composing and sharing new liturgical music, Deborah offers a fresh take on a deeply traditional sound.

A sensitive vocalist with a passion for thoughtful harmonies, Deborah is a sought-after collaborative musician. Her ease and versatility in a broad range of styles (from Ashkenazi nigunim and Sephardi piyyutim to chazzanut and contemporary folk) has led her to become a frequent collaborator of some of the leading voices in Jewish music. She has performed and recorded with innovative artists including Joey Weisenberg, Noah Aronson, Basya Shechter, and Josh Warshawsky.

Shir Hamaalot, Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble

Lincoln's Nigun, Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble

Min Hametzar, with Rabbi Yosef Goldman

Pitchu Li, with Shani Ben Or

Anim Zemirot, written by Josh Warshawsky

Makom Bina, performed with Shir Yaakov Feit

Shiru Ladonai (Ps. 96), B'nai Jeshurun, New York, NY

Featuring Dan Nadel, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, and Hazzan George Mordecai.

Mizmor Shir, Cantor Julia Cadrain, Central Synagogue, New York, NY

Adapted from Makom Bina, by Deborah Sacks Mintz

 
 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you are a layleader or clergy member, song facilitator or participant, Deborah will partner with you to explore and deepen the skill set of empowered prayer and connective song through her dynamic and innovative workshops.

 

Click here for Deborah's full range of workshop offerings

 

CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 6-8                      Scholar-in-Residence, Congregation Torat-El                      Oakhurst, NJ

September 17                       The Convening - Jewish Women's Foundation of NY          New York, NY

September 21                        Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble in Concert       New Rochelle, NY                             

September 21                         Musical SelIchot, Beth El Synagogue Center .                     New Rochelle, NY

September 23                         Pre-High Holiday Lecture Series, Hadar Institute                 New York NY

September 29-October 9       High Holiday Shaliach Tzibbur, B'nai Jeshurun                    New York NY

NOVEMBER 2019

November 1-3                      Scholar-in-Residence, Congregation Shomrei Emunah           Montclair, NJ

DECEMBER 2019

December 6-9                       Artist-in-Residence, USCJ Biennial                                          Boston, MA

December 7                           Melaveh Malkah Concert (USCJ Biennial)                                Boston, MA

December 8                           Josh Warshawsky in Concert (USCJ Biennial)                          Boston, MA

December 9                           Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble in Concert           Boston, MA

CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 6-8                      Scholar-in-Residence, Congregation Torat-El                      Oakhurst, NJ

September 17                       The Convening - Jewish Women's Foundation of NY          New York, NY

September 21                        Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble in Concert       New Rochelle, NY                             

September 21                         Musical Selichot, Beth El Synagogue Center .                     New Rochelle, NY

September 23                         Pre-High Holiday Lecture Series, Hadar Institute                 New York NY

September 29-October 9     High Holiday Shaliach Tzibbur, B'nai Jeshurun                    New York NY

OCTOBER 2019

October 12                         Artist-in-Residence, Congregation Beth Israel                    Worcester, MA        

October 19                         Dwelling in Song:  Sukkot Concert at Beloved Brooklyn    Brooklyn, NY        

NOVEMBER 2019

November 1-3                      Scholar-in-Residence, Congregation Shomrei Emunah           Montclair, NJ

DECEMBER 2019

December 6-9                       Artist-in-Residence, USCJ Biennial                                          Boston, MA

December 7                           Melaveh Malkah Concert (USCJ Biennial)                                Boston, MA

December 8                           Josh Warshawsky in Concert (USCJ Biennial)                          Boston, MA

                                                  (USCJ Biennial)

December 9                           Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble in Concert           Boston, MA

December 22-25                   Hadar's Rising Song Intensive, Faculty                                    New York, NY

December 25                         Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble in Concert           New York, NY

JANUARY 2020

January 10-11                        Artist-in-Residence, JCP Downtown.                                       New York, NY

January 12-14                        Deborah Sacks Mintz Live Album Sessions                              Philadelphia, PA

January 24                              Havdalah Concert with Chava Mirel, Elana Arian.                   Summit, NJ

                                                  and Deborah Sacks Mintz

 
 

CONTACT

TESTIMONIALS

Deborah has a voice that can melt your heart. Her prayer leading is deep and soulful and her teaching is inspiring.

Rabbi David A. Schuck

Beth El Synagogue Center, New Rochelle, NY

 

Deborah is an amazing singer, composer, spiritual leader, and musical collaborator who brings her creative energy to the Jewish soundscape.  A skilled leader, harmonizer and listener, she and her music shine both in and out of the spotlight. With her rich singing in the Hadar Ensemble, Deborah has already shaped the sound of many of our albums, and is now bringing her musical-spiritual vision and melodies to communities throughout North America as a traveling scholar/consultant with Hadar’s Rising Song Institute.  Bring Deborah to your community soon!

Joey Weisenberg

Creative Director, Hadar’s Rising Song Institute

As a workshop facilitator, Deborah creates a safe space in which failure feels like an opportunity to grow. She takes the time to learn from each of her students, and encourages them to share. Deborah has the ability to find a balance in gently holding space and empowering participants to feel confident in sharing music or Torah, regardless of their background. As she holds a wealth of knowledge in both rabbinic & musical study, Deborah is incredibly gifted at simplifying challenging information to a size that feels digestible, without making her students feel inadequate, nor losing any of the nutrients of the topic. She possesses humor, grace, and the ability to welcome anyone with warmth and meet them where they are - all of which allow her to be a great educator and musician.  

 

Aleya Schwartz

Prayer Leadership Workshop participant

Deborah has an enormous natural talent that was easily and effectively applied to the education of my community. She energized us through her innovative programs, great music, and inspiring personal presence.

Rabbi Ethan Linden

Director, Camp Ramah in the Berkshires 

 

Deborah did an incredible job crafting and leading Shabbat morning services and Hallel for our son's Bar Mitzvah. The davening was just magical.  It is not just that her voice is beautiful, but she davened with such meaning and kavanah that the service became a true spiritual experience.  For me, and for all those who attended from across the religious spectrum, her leading just cannot be eclipsed...it is truly the way prayer is meant to be prayed.

Jeff Feig

New York, NY

 

Deborah is a creative, dynamic, and spiritual leader, and excellent family educator. As an experiential educator, Deborah has a unique ability to inspire parents and children to build more meaningful relationships with each other and with Jewish tradition as they engage in Jewish life and learning.

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein

Executive Director, 14th Street Y

deborah.s.mintz@gmail.com

Photography by Shulamit Seidler-Feller, Aleya Cydney Photography and Clever Sangalaza