Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is an Israel engagement consultant, trainer, and educator, and a member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America faculty. Melissa was the founding director of Encounter, an organization dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the Jewish people to be agents of change in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Melissa built Encounter from the ground up to an internationally recognized organization, selected by Slingshot as one of the fourteen standard-bearing organizations for innovation and impact. Melissa was awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize in recognition of her contributions as a young social entrepreneur, and currently serves as a social entrepreneurship coach for the Executive Directors of several Jewish organizations.
An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, Melissa was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and represented the Seminary as a Rabbinic Fellow in Conservative communities throughout the country. A noted speaker and educator, she has lectured and taught on four continents.
Melissa is the author of several articles treating the ethics of war and peace in Jewish sources, and graduated from Harvard University with a summa cum laude degree in Political Theory and Women’s Studies.
ARTICLES BY MELISSA WEINTRAUB
Find articles by Melissa Weintraub on the Shalom Hartman Institute website.