Rabbi Mendel Mintz is executive director at Chabad Jewish Community Center. As Rabbi Mintz explains, the center strives to include Jews of all backgrounds and levels of observance, with programs geared toward education and spiritual growth. In this brief Q&A, Mendel Mintz answers questions about The Chabad Jewish Community Center.
Q: The Chabad Community Center is part of the Chabad Movement. Could you tell us a little about that?
Mendel Mintz: The Chabad Movement goes all the way back to the 18th century, embracing the “Ahavet Yisrael” philosophy, which translates to “love for your fellow.”
Q: Who is welcome at the Chabad Jewish Community Center?
Mendel Mintz: Our membership is a mix of Jews that live in the Aspen Valley, with Jews of all backgrounds welcome. Our goal is to serve and educate, never to judge.
Q: Are most of your members Orthodox, Conservative or Reform?
Mendel Mintz: Anyone who attends one of our programs will find that most of our participants are all of the above.
Q: How are the activities of Chabad Community Center financed?
Mendel Mintz: Even though we’re part of a larger organization, each center is responsible for its own fundraising. All funds are raised locally and all monies stay local, keeping Chabad Community Center a true community organization.
Q: Are women welcome at Chabad Community Center?
Mendel Mintz: Absolutely! Chabad believes women are the cornerstone and Foundation of the Judaism. We work hard to combat old stereotypes of Jewish women and to uplift them within our organization.
Q: Are Shabbat Services held at your center?
Mendel Mintz: Yes, we offer Shabbat Services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings.
Q: Do you offer services for beginners?
Mendel Mintz: The Friday night service is geared toward beginners. It begins at 7 p.m.
Q: Where is the Chabad Jewish Community Center?
Mendel Mintz: We’re located at 435 West Main in Aspen, Colorado.
Q: How can I learn more about the Chabad Community Center?
Mendel Mintz: We have information on our website, as well as a knowledge base with articles. Our website is located here: www.jccaspen.com.
Rabbi Mendel Mintz is the Aspen, Colorado-based leader of the Chabad Jewish Community Center. If you’re interested in Chabad, Mendel Mintz encourages you to stop by for a visit.