Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served for over 20 years. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem in 2004. Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride and is an open ocean swimmer. She is the Mom of Elijah and Gabriel Newbrun-Mintz. She loves Chicago Pizza.