Rabbi Melinda Mersack

Rabbi Melinda Mersack is the Director of jHUB, which provides new ways for interfaith couples and families to comfortably explore Jewish culture in the modern world, a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and an InterfaithFamily affiliate. Rabbi Mersack is proud to be a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow and a Brickner Fellow of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Rabbi Mersack attends summer camp as visiting faculty every year, and is an advocate for interreligious dialogue and social justice. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters of Hebrew Letters and ordination from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.

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Articles by Rabbi Melinda Mersack

Road Hazard Ahead

While the hazard may not literally be an obstacle on the road before me, it made me reflect on the “road hazards” in my life.

The Power of Stories

Flashback to 2009, when my middle son was 5 years old: “Tell me a story,” he asked. Not, read me ...

It’s Not About You

How can I be a good friend, a good rabbi, a good parent or leader, or even a source of emotional support to someone unless I put that person first?

What do Guns have to do with Passover? I’ll Tell You.

We have an average of 13,000 gun homicides a year in the United States.

What’s in a Name?

A name is a very powerful thing in Jewish tradition.

When Your Role Model Disappoints You

We are always capable of being better- and so is everyone else

Take Accountability…Now

What does it take to get my children to accept responsibility, to become accountable for their actions?

Gratitude with a Side of Humility and Guilt

I know how lucky I am. I am so grateful. I am humbled. And, I feel guilty

Feeling the Love in Israel

Make for yourself a teacher, acquire a friend, and judge every person favorably. (Pirkei Avot 1:6)