Mendel Mintz (b. April 18th, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York) is an ordained Chabad Rabbi. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen, Colorado, Chabad Jewish Community Center (JCC).
Mendel Mintz holds a degree in Judaic Studies from the Rabbinical School and was ordained in 1996. His primary religious studies were completed at Oholei Torah, the premiere center in the United States for future rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders.
Founded in 2000, the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Aspen was the first center of its kind in the Aspen Valley. Mendel Mintz founded the Center along with his wife Lieba Mintz. In addition to daily operations of the Community Center, Mindel Mintz overseas the nonprofit humanitarian organization Ski to Live (Golshim L’chaim).
Mintz is credited with managing the fund-raising efforts of the Jewish Community Center and for coordinating the campus’s construction. When complete, the 16,000 square foot center will house a sanctuary, a childcare center, and a mikvah, among its many community features.
Mendel Mintz is married with five children and resides in Aspen, Colorado.
Mendel Mintz knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a spiritual leader. After high school, he attended the Oholei Torah.
Mendel Mintz was ordained in 1996 in Brooklyn, New York, by the Chabad Yeshiva and later in Israel by the Chief Chabad Rabbi. Here, he spent much time studying the Torah in order to gain a deeper understanding of the Jewish philosophy, specifically Chabad Philosophy – which suggests that humans are intellectual creatures with the facilities of wisdom, knowledge, and comprehension and that these facilities may coexist with the spiritual. Mendel Mintz is well versed in all issues of Jewish faith and follows the Chabad-Lubavitch movement of Judaism.
In 2000, along with his wife Lieba, Mendel Mintz moved to Aspen, Colorado, and laid the foundation for the Chabad Jewish Community Center. Through the JCC, Mendel Mintz conducts educational symposiums and classes. Notably, he hosts and instructs a Hebrew language reading course aimed at teaching this 5,000 year old language in six lessons. The JCC has an open door policy and welcomes all members of the community, despite level of commitment or religious affiliation.
The JCC led by Mendel Mintz hosts a number of events throughout the year including a traditional communal Seder.
Rabbi Mendel Mintz and Lieba Mintz have organized a Women’s Inner Circle and the Chabad Hebrew School. Under their guidance, the school strives to educate young Jews in the Hebrew language, the Torah, Israeli heritage, Jewish history and values, and Shabbat and other Jewish celebrations. The motto of the school is “Educate your child…Educate a generation!” Mendel Mintz also offers new Jewish parents the opportunity to participate in “Mommy & Me” classes at the Jewish Community Center.
Mendel Mintz is known throughout the Aspen Valley Jewish community as a natural leader with a soft spoken nature and ability to help others overcome personal struggles. He is readily available for consultation by those at any level of faith and those considering conversion to Judaism.
Rabbi Mendel Mintz has spearheaded a number of projects for the Jewish people in his community. The Jewish Community Center has the highest visibility and is slated to be one of the most impressive centers of its kind in the Western US.