Hazzan Matthew Austerklein is the cantor of Beth El Congregation in Akron, OH. He received his cantorial training and Master of Sacred Music degree at the H.L. Miller Cantorial School (JTS) in 2011. He is a clergy educator and researcher, and has mentored young cantors from across the denominational spectrum. The views expressed in his blog are his own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the congregation.