November 17, 2006
St. Mary’s University will host a lecture by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, who works with Rabbis for Human Rights and is internationally known for her writings on Jewish interpretations of torture and for co-founding the Jewish-Palestinian Encounter Program in Jerusalem.
Weintraub was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2006. She is the director of education at Rabbis for Human Rights and the author of four articles treating the subjects of human dignity, self-defense and torture in Jewish sources. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program, Weintraub graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude in political theory and women’s studies.
She has lectured and taught on Jewish theology, mysticism and ethics in an array of conferences, synagogues, and adult education settings throughout North America, including the New York Kollel, Princeton Theological Seminary and Elat Chayyim Jewish Retreat Center. Rabbi Weintraub has also served as a prison chaplain in Indiana. Recipient of a grant from the Samuel Ruben Foundation, Weintraub is currently working on a book exploring Jewish responses to terror.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the St. Mary’s graduate international relations program, the Student Government Association and the International Relations Society.
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, founder of the Jewish-Palestinian Encounter Program
Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
SBC Technology Center, St. Mary’s University campus