You’re Invited: Waging Peace During Times of War

Don’t Miss This Event on Wednesday, November 2nd at the University of St. Thomas!

This Wed. November 2nd at 7:30pm you’re invited to hear Rabbi Melissa Weintraub speak on “Waging Peace in the Context of Violent Conflict” at the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Auditorium on the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus.

Drawing on sixteen years of experience in Middle East face-to-face encounters, Rabbi Melissa Weintraub will explore how such encounters build a culture of civil discourse and create human connections across lines of enmity. “It is when we look into the face of another human being—truly look—that revelation takes place,” says Weintraub. “The face is the closest approximation of divinity, of revelation, that we as human beings can know.” She especially will focus on how face-to-face encounters in the context of violent conflict may promote reconciliation and peace.

Rabbi Weintraub is cofounder and executive director emerita of Encounter, an organization dedicated to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to healing rifts within the Jewish community that have formed in the wake of that conflict. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in political theory and women’s studies and from Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, which she represents as a rabbinic fellow in Jewish congregations throughout the United States. An inspiring speaker and the author of influential articles on torture and peacemaking, she is currently writing a book exploring Jewish religious responses to terror. For her work with Encounter, Rabbi Weintraub has won the Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, which honors individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

This presentation is part of the Jay Phillips Center’s Rabbis-in-Residence program supported by a generous contribution from the Blythe Brenden Fund of the Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation.

Free and open to the public.

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