The Jewish community of North Fulton has embraced Devora Leah Minkowicz with open arms and an abundance of southern hospitality following her marriage last month to Chabad Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz. “We received an incredibly warm welcome and have been surrounded by so much love; we are so grateful,” she said.
Devora Leah grew up a middle child among eight brothers and four sisters in a family of Chabad emissaries in Denver, Colo. After high school and seminary, she worked for Chabad houses across the country, dedicating herself to Jewish community involvement.
“The Rebbe’s mission has always been important to me,” she said of her relationship with the last Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, an influential Chabad leader.
Some of Devora Leah’s work experience includes directing programming, teaching classes, managing Chabad anniversary dinners and an international Chabad conference. She also managed the Women’s Campaign at the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.
Devora Leah enjoys skiing in the Colorado Rockies. “I especially love getting off the ski lift at the top of the mountain and looking out at the mountaintops surrounding me.” She also plays the harp. “I love spending time with family and friends and sharing meaningful moments with them. Over the most recent festival of Shavuot, she prepared her favorite recipe for chocolate pudding pie. “It has become a little holiday tradition.”
As the newest addition to the team of Chabad emissaries, Devora Leah’s overall goal is to “work with the existing team, who is doing a phenomenal job building the Chabad of the North Fulton community.”
Devora Leah noted that her life leading up to now has prepared her in some way for her current role. “It’s hard to pinpoint just one moment or experience,” she said. “Every single experience that I’ve had has prepared me in some way for this experience. I’m excited to be here.”