Mr. Nadav & Mrs. Katie Minkin

Nadav and Katie Minkin moved to Providence ten years ago, and their decision to remain in town was, in large part, due to the arrival of the Providence Community Kollel and its impact on the Jewish community. Nadav graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 1997 with a B.A. in business management. After working in the financial planning and insurance industry for a few years, Mr. Minkin turned one of his passionate hobbies into a business. Along with his business partner, he launched an indoor rock climbing company, now known as Rock Spot Climbing, which currently has four locations in Rhode Island and Masachusetts. As a young entrepreneur, Mr. Minkin earned the Small Business Association Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2002. In 2000, Katie received her degree in social work from University of Southern Maine. Mrs. Minkin then worked as a social worker in numerous mental health agencies and in clinical research.

Since their arrival in Providence, the Minkins’ involvement in the Jewish community has blossomed. They are staunch supporters of the Providence Community Kollel, Project Shoresh, New England Rabbinical College and Providence Hebrew Day School. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Minkin were involved in the formation of Congregation Sha'arei Tefilla, as founding members and as its president. Their active participation in the Jewish community has been strengthened by their close relationships with rabbanim, lay leaders and community members, who have impacted their growth and love for Yiddishkeit and have made an indelible mark on their lives.

Mr. and Mrs. Minkin served as boarding parents for high school students for several years, and they greatly treasure their relationships with their former boarders and other NEAT students. Mr. Minkin currently serves on the school’s executive committee, and Mrs. Minkin has volunteered on PTF for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Minkin have given so much of their time and energy to enhance Jewish life in Providence.

Mr. and Mrs. Minkin have seven children, Ezra, Levi, Yehudah, Eliyahu, Nechama Leah, Shoshana and Tehilla Ester, five of whom are currently enrolled at PHDS.

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