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Religion Brief – Justice prize

by The Pantagraph | Published on May 14, 2011 in The Pantagraph

Bloomington – Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, a Bloomington native, was one of the winners of the 2011 Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

Weintraub has co-founded and helped pioneer Encounter, an orga­ni­za­tion that trains Jewish leaders to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by providing them with first­hand expo­sure to Palestinians.

As one of three prize winners, Weintraub will receive $50,000, plus $50,000 to an orga­ni­za­tion she designates.

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