Best Pillar of the Community

Yocheved Mintz


On paper, Yocheved Mintz has got it all: rabbi of Congregation P’nai Tikvah; first female president of the Las Vegas Board of Rabbis; board member of the local Interfaith Council. On top of that, Mintz was a Jewish educator for more than 55 years, overcame breast cancer, had four kids and 14 grandkids, commuted to Los Angeles regularly to study at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and was finally ordained in 2004. In 2005, she took over P’nai Tikvah, where she welcomes all walks of life. But what truly makes Mintz a gem is a reliable set of moments like this: On a rainy night in December when social workers are holding the annual outdoor memorial service for deceased homeless people, when the cold sets in, the host is feeling sick and the P.A. system is on the fritz, Rabbi Mintz stays. She steps up to offer prayer. In small places like this that matter more than we sometimes see, she’s present for the whole community.

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