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What is “Scientists in Synagogues?”

Scientists in Synagogues is a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Its aim is to share how some of the most thoughtful Jewish scientists integrate their Judaism and their scientific work so that they can be role models and ambassadors for productive conversations surrounding Judaism and science.

This project is organized by Sinai and Synapses  (which is incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER), and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and other individual donors.

List of selected congregations:

Adas Kodesch Shel Emeth, Wilmington, DE
Beth Hillel Congregation B’nai Emunah, Wilmette, IL
Beth Tzedec / Temple Emanu-El (joint application), Toronto, Ontario
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, Bethesda, MD
Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough, MA
Maimonides Congregation, Brookine, MA
Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion, Oak Park, IL
Temple Beth Or, Washington Township, NJ
Temple Emanuel of Tempe, Tempe, AZ
Temple Israel Center of White Plains, White Plains, NY

For more information, click here.

Can Humans Create a Soul?

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Is there some unique essence that separates natural-born humans from creations that seem to reproduce the same electro-chemical workings as the human brain (“a soul”)?