Milhamot Hashem? Jewish Conception of War Ethics Rabbi

Rabbi Jill Jacobs Jacobs is the Director of Outreach and Education for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs in Chicago. She holds rabbinic ordination and an MA in Talmud/Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary, an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. Jill has worked with a number of social justice and community organizations, including the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, DC; and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and SEIU Local 32BJ, both in New York City. Her writings on Jewish social justice issues have appeared in Conservative Judaism, The Reconstructionist, Tikkun and other publications.

Melissa Weintraub is a third-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. After completing a B.A. focusing on social theory and feminist thought at Harvard University, she spent three years in Jerusalem studying at Hebrew University and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. She has given sermons and taught classes in a variety of synagogues and adult education settings, including courses at the HUC-Kollel on Jewish Conceptions of Just War and Feminist Theology. She has also served as a prison chaplain in Indiana and a coordinator of Jewish-Muslim and Israeli-Palestinian dialogues in Jerusalem.

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