Rabbi Melissa Weintraub - Robert N. Schlesinger Memorial Lecture

  • April 18, 2014
  • 6:30 PM
  • Shir Tikvah
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is a noted educator, social entrepreneur, and thought leader training leaders, crafting events, and facilitating dialogue at the intersections of Israel, Jewish thought, and conflict resolution.

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 fourteen standard-bearing organizations for innovation and impact.

Melissa was awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, which honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program, Melissa has lectured and taught in hundreds of Jewish communal institutions, universities, and forums on four continents, and is a faculty member for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

She was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and graduated from Harvard University with a summa cum laude degree in Political Theory and Women's Studies.

The Robert N. Schlesinger Memorial  Lecture was established in memory of Robert Schlesinger, a founding member of Shir Tikvah who served the congregation on the original Steering Committee and Board of Directors. He was an enthusiastic supporter of Shir Tikvah until his premature death from ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) at age 59. The annual lecture is sponsored by Lisa Schlesinger and her family.

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