Rabbi Mindie Snyder
Rabbi Mindie Jo Snyder brings over thirty years of experience in arts, health and human services and is an award-winning artist, designer, therapist and community organizer. She has been a program innovator, organizational executive, consultant to corporations, state and national agencies and a requested media spokesperson for issues of aging, end of life, at risk youth and families, among other social and public health issues. She has attended to the creative, psychological and spiritual needs of people across the lifespan, building bridges between cultural and religious boundaries in rural and urban environments. Additionally, Rabbi Snyder was a creative participant in the ELOPE Project, an international, interdisciplinary program in Switzerland which sought to align hospital philosophies with environmental design, treatment services and spiritual care, improving quality of patient and staff experiences.
Rabbi Snyder completed rabbinical studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion CA (AJRCA), with additional inter-religious specialization at Bayan Claremont and Claremont School of Theology (CST). As a result of the intersection of these multi-religious programs, building upon a long history of multi-cultural work, Rabbi Snyder facilitated a variety of scholarly and creative community gatherings in addition to developing the first interreligious conference: Transporting Our Traditions, in February of 2014. She also collaborated with the Institute of Jain Studies to create the first inter-religious service at CST as part of the Ahimsa Day celebrations. Other inter-religious programs include The Planetary Dance/ Earth Run, which Rabbi Snyder introduced to the Claremont interreligious community as an annual event.
Rabbi Snyder holds other degrees from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and Lesley College (now Lesley University) in Cambridge, MA. She is listed in the National Register of Outstanding College Graduates. Carnegie-Mellon University’s Hillel stands upon the Jewish programming Rabbi Snyder initiated there in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Rabbi Snyder is completing a doctorate with the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland, investigating expressive arts applications and social change. Her current research focuses on the revitalizing, life affirming, relationship building powers of hospitality in contrast to the public health hazards of hostility and hate. Rabbi Snyder’s goal is to integrate the arts with religion and culture, enhancing well-being, understanding and sensitivity within relationships, among families, organizations and communities, while infusing the world with acts of genuine caring: those cultural imperatives within Judaism, along with similar community values inherent among various traditions.
An artist, expressive arts therapist, dancer, performer, poet, Rabbi Snyder has pioneered creative Jewish ritual for over 35 years. She has contributed her design, marketing, public relations, fundraising and development, volunteer and leadership training skills to Jewish and secular non-profits, such as Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Furthermore, she has contributed her therapeutic skills to the Maccabiah Games and creative programming to Jewish day and overnight camps. Regarding Jewish education across the life span, Rabbi Snyder has been able to design dynamic Jewish learning environments combining creative talents and skills, with knowledge of behavior, development, learning styles, neurological and other health related concerns.
Rabbi Snyder lives in Flagstaff.