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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May 23, 2017
Nature is not an end in itself. Humanity is needed to complete that which was created to enhance what is natural.
May 10, 2017
Human beings have long wondered about the extent to which we truly have free will, or whether the path we travel is pre-ordained.
May 4, 2017
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”)?
Apr 13, 2017
Are we hard-wired to believe in God? This is an area of investigation that has been called by some “neurotheology.”
Mar 20, 2017
Once we have set down a certain path, human nature makes it increasingly difficult to reverse course.
Mar 16, 2017
Science and Jewish religious tradition share the conviction that the world and the actions of human beings matter.
Feb 23, 2017
How much power should be given, and to whom, in the name of saving humanity from what think we can predict in the future?
Feb 9, 2017
After reading Krista Tippett’s book “Einstein’s God,” teenagers from Temple Israel Center have changed their views on science and religion.
Jan 26, 2017
If this time in history is in fact the end of the world, it wouldn’t be the first time.
Jan 19, 2017
If you are a traditional Jew and see a slice of meat that’s likely — but not certain — to be kosher, what do you do?
Dec 29, 2016
It is hard to be handed a 508 million year old fossil from the Burgess Shale and not realize that our problems and ideas are fairly small and short-lived.
Dec 8, 2016
How do both science and Judaism influence the way we think about time?