Content by 2016-2017 Scientists in Synagogues Selected Congregations
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
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Jan 26, 2022
Rabbi Annie Tucker brings home some of her wisdom from working with multiple Scientists in Synagogues congregations – one during a pandemic.
Jan 7, 2021
When does a new technology become no longer ours, and how might Jewish wisdom help us anticipate how the fruits of our creations could redound back on us?
Dec 24, 2020
Jewish law has much to say about the public health issues at play in vaccines, particularly how in this case protecting oneself is protecting many others at the same time.
Dec 16, 2020
A conversation with Jeremy England, PhD, author of “Every Life is On Fire: How Thermodynamics Explains the Origins of Living Things.”
Aug 13, 2020
The purpose of the mask is not just medical. It is an outward display of an inner feeling of sadness, and it shows others that we are coping with a difficult time, and that this summer lacks the same joy as last year’s.
Aug 30, 2018
Searching for a theory of everything is certainly important. But seeking a closer relationship with God beats it hands-down.
Apr 26, 2018
My God is that ineffable being or essence that must suffuse our world and make it just so – make it a world that continues to fill me with awe.
Jan 25, 2018
The fact that a poetic statement like “human life is like a bowl of cherries” is a false scientific fact does not detract from its profound truth, reality, and insight.
Jan 11, 2018
All stars have light, even the ones that don’t seem to have it on the surface.
Nov 7, 2017
Where can technology and AI (artificial intelligence) can aid knowledge, and where it can harm human understanding?
Oct 19, 2017
What are the ethical implications of the latest developments in genetic engineering and the impact on improving the quality of human life?
Oct 9, 2017
What does the sukkah tell us about where the “natural” ends and man’s making, the “artificial,” begins?