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

Forgiveness is Earned

She came into our lives like a freight train. Barreling through and doing as much destruction to our family as ...

A Modern Twist on Ushpizin (Welcoming Guests)

I love the holiday of Sukkot. I have fond memories of building a sukkah with my family and using cornstalks ...

Four Questions for this Year’s Seder

“Let all who are hungry come and eat.” We traditionally say these words during our Passover seder, opening our doors ...

A Letter to My Mom

Grief is a funny thing. You never know when it’ll hit you or how poignantly you may feel it at ...

A Jewish Lesson on Basketball and Envy

On a long-distance drive with my son, I was listening to the podcast, Hidden Brain. What piqued my interest in ...

My Kids Are Afraid to Go to School

Our ancestors understood that every person has value and deserves to have their rights protected and their basic needs met.

And I Mourn

Today is my mom’s yahrzeit (anniversary of death). It has been nine years since she died from metastatic breast cancer. ...

The Conversation I Regret

To know they are valued, welcomed and loved

It’s Time to Get Uncomfortable

I remember feeling so uncomfortable the first time I went knocking on doors in a neighborhood that was distinctly different ...

How Aging is a Blessing

“I hate my birthday,” my friend said to me. She has hated her birthday for as long as I can ...