Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez
Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez (MSW)​ ​is a social worker, writer, educator, advocate, and student at Yeshivat Maharat. Melissa’s ​passion is​ combining her personal, professional, and educational experiences ​to create and sustain​ meaningful Jewish experiences and communities​ (in person and on-line)​. To learn more about Melissa’s work and her writing visit her website:

Blog Posts


Being a Rabbi, a Parent, and a Jew

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

As Erev Shabbat approaches, my little family is all getting ready for shul and even the toddler is excited. He’s running around the apartment singing “Shabbat shalom, hey!” and keeps saying how much he wants to go to shul. The moment we walk into the doors of our synagogue he starts running around the lobby. We wrangle him to remind him we are going into shul, not only into the building. He refuses to calm down.

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez Hugs her Mother

My two moms: Jewesses with a different kind of attitude

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

I am a lucky girl. I have two women who I call mom. Well, one I call mommie and the other emma (Hebrew for mother), but that’s just semantics.

Catching up with Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Baruch Atah Adonai
Viva Puerto Rico Ha'olam
Hahmotzee , Fight The Power
Me'en Haaretz

"The Songs of Joy," by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

Faith is packing your timbrel

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Last Pesach, I heard a sermon given in which my friend and rabbi used the phrase “faith is packing your timbrel” and I got super fixated on this concept and have found it running through my head in difficult times, a sort of mantra to reflect upon.

Topics: Passover, Music, Bible

International Women's Day and Purim: Finding the connection

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s.

Topics: Purim

"Thank G-D for creating me according to your will"

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez

Three years ago I had the opportunity to visit the rare books room at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) library. I saw many interesting things, but one that would change my life forever.

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