Rabbi Etan Mintz, who has shepherded the downtown Baltimore congregation B’Nai Israel for the past four-and-a-half years, welcomed a new addition to his growing family over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Mintz, 38, and his 33-year-old wife Tammy — who earned her doctorate in child psychology from the University of Virginia — have been married for nine years. Their new baby girl is the young couple’s fourth child and will be named at shul during Shabbat on Saturday, Dec. 10, exactly two weeks after her auspicious birthday.
“Our children have all been born on Jewish holidays,” Mintz said. “So it was special to have a child who was born on Shabbat and to be connected in that way.”
Mintz added that Tammy and his daughter’s having been born over Thanksgiving weekend also made for an especially felicitous occasion.
“It was a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving,” Mintz said.
As they needed to remain close to Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital, where his wife would end up giving birth, Mintz said that Tammy, his other children and he were not able to attend their yearly gathering with the rest of his family in New Jersey for Thanksgiving.
But the serendipitous birth made for what Mintz said was “definitely a Thanksgiving weekend to be remembered.”
He added, “It’s a miraculous feeling. I have a lot of admiration for my wife and also acknowledge these everyday miracles. I have a lot of gratitude for that.”
Mintz continued that the other members of his family are grateful, as well, particularly his older daughter who is excited to have a sister after being an only girl with two brothers until now.
“They all want to hold the baby,” Mintz said of his other children. “They all want to make sure they are attentive to her when she cries; they run over to her.
“It’s a very beautiful thing to watch, the way that my children interact with each other.”
Tammy and the baby are both healthy, with Mintz affirming, “Thank God, everybody is good.”