Rabbi Lewis Mintz served as spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Elohim for 40 years, retiring from that position on June 30, 2017. He became Rabbi Emeritus on July 1, 2017.
Rabbi Mintz nurtured the growth of our community from a small congregation of 85 families sharing a space in Maynard, to a substantial community of over 300 families, in a building enlarged twice to accommodate the community's growth. He was active and well known, not only as a spiritual leader, but as an extremely knowledgeable and talented teacher, and was a resource within the larger Acton community on any matter of Jewish interest.
He studied at Brandeis University, concentrating in Near Eastern and Judaic studies and received a Masters Degree in counseling from Antioch University. When he started leading services and teaching students at Congregation Beth Elohim, he was also chaplain to Jewish students at Wellesley College and at Bentley College. In 1980, he began his studies in rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and was ordained rabbi by the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. During the 1990’s Rabbi Mintz served for eight years on the Academy's Board of Trustees and, at its Ordination Ceremony in 2003, he was honored with the Academy's Alumnus of the Year Award.
In May 2017, a gala celebration honored Lewis and Naomi Katz Mintz for over four decades of dedicated service to our Congregation and community.
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Tribute Book Contribute to this beautiful memento
After the gala celebration on May 6th we will present Lewis and Naomi Mintz with a Tribute Book that will outline Lewis' history with us and provide them with a beautiful collection of remembrances and photos of their years at CBE. The full-color, hardbound book will be a gift from the congregation, and will also be available to all as a downloadable eBook. We ask that you help us by contributing a personal tribute about what Lewis has meant to you and to our congregation, along with any photos or other remembrances.
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We ask that parents of former B'Nai Mitzvah share this with your children, so that they can be included in the special Todah Rabah page of former B'Nai Mitzvah.
We thank you for sharing your stories. If you have questions, or photos of Rabbi Mintz or life cycle events that you would like to submit for inclusion in the Tribute Book, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.