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.


Articles by Rabbi Melinda Mersack

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 ...

What Shahs of Sunset Can Teach Us About Judaism

Picture Reza, a Persian Jew, standing with a dead goldfish reciting Kiddush, the blessing over the wine. What does Kiddush ...

Opening Our Jewish Tent

I love meeting people. The best part of my job is getting to have coffee or lunch with different people ...

The Lessons Cancer Taught Me

In this month of breast cancer awareness, I want to share the lessons I’ve learned as a survivor

Why the new year is a time for saying ‘thank you’ to interfaith families

Thank you: two simple words with tremendous meaning. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for raising ...

Falling in Love at Camp All Over Again

To this day, some of my closest friends are people I met at camp