Neely Tal Snyder, program director at Pearlstone Center, dies in car crash

Neely Tal SnyderPhoto via Pearlstone Center
Neely Tal Snyder
Photo via Pearlstone Center

Neely Snyder, program director at the Pearlstone Center, was killed in a car crash Monday morning in Route 30 in Reisterstown, outside of Baltimore. She was 37.

According to police, Snyder’s Hyundai was stopped on Route 30 waiting to make a left turn onto Mount Gilead Road when a Peterbilt tractor trailer struck the car from behind. Police responded to the crash at 7:28 a.m. She was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she was later declared deceased. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

At press time, the Baltimore County Crash Team was investigating to determine if charges will be filed.

When contacted, the Baltimore County Police Department had no further information on the incident.

Snyder was a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary and program director at the Pearlstone Center. She had also served as director of teen engagement at the Center for Jewish Education.

In a statement on the organization’s Facebook page, the Pearlstone Center remembered Snyder’s life as “one of dedication to excellence in Jewish education and of passionate commitment to her community.”

Pearlstone Executive Director Jakir Manela said everyone at Pearlstone is heartbroken, and during sessions with a grief counselor on Monday, employees in every department of Pearlstone spoke about how Snyder treated everyone with love and affection.

Snyder is survived by her husband, Rabbi Joshua Snyder, executive director of Goucher Hillel; her daughters Shalva, Ayelet and Nava; her parents Jordan and Sheila Harburger of Gaithersburg; and her brother Noah Harburger and sister Aleeza Wilkins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday. Interment at Chizuk Amuno Congregation’s Garrison Forest Cemetery in Owings Mills.

Contributions may be sent to Goucher Hillel, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson, MD 21204 or Pearlstone Center, 5425 Mount Gilead Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136 or JQ Baltimore, 1601 Guilford Ave., 2 South, Baltimore, MD 21202.

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