Rabbi Melissa Weintraub is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Encounter, an educational organization dedicated to catalyzing conversation between Jews and Palestinians as well as between Jews from across the political spectrum. Rabbi Melissa Weintraub was ordained as a Conservative Rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary and has represented the Seminary as a Rabbinic Fellow in Conservative communities throughout North America. Rabbi Weintraub builds on twelve years of experience in Middle East co-existence and interfaith efforts, and is the author of several articles treating the subjects of war ethics in Jewish sources. A noted speaker and Jewish educator, Rabbi Weintraub has taught in an array of conferences and synagogues on four continents, including the Parliament of World Religions, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Jewish Council of Public Affairs Plenum. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, she graduated from Harvard University with a summa cum laude degree in Political Theory. Her recent publications include: “Warriors, Prophets, Peacemakers, and Disciples: A Call to Action in the Face of Religious-Inspired Violence,” (in Righteous Indignation: A Jewish Call for Justice) and “Torture and Torah: Human Dignity and Self-Defense in Jewish Law” (in Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out). Recipient of a grant from the Samuel Ruben Foundation, Rabbi Weintraub is currently working on a book exploring Jewish religious responses to terror.