Israel Engagement Consultant, Educator and Facilitator; Co-Founding Director, Encounter
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is an educator, facilitator and trainer working to transform conflict in the face of entrenched divisions. 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. In 2011, Melissa was awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize in recognition of her impact as a young social entrepreneur. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Melissa is ordained as a Conservative Rabbi and graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude. She is the author of several articles addressing Jewish war ethics and has lectured and taught on four continents.