Did COVID Change the Rules?

Did COVID Change the Rules?

So many parts of our daily lives, both professionally and personally, were transformed by the pandemic. As individuals and institutions struggled to establish rules and protocols in the face of mass tragedy and ever-changing evidence, there were subtle shifts in professional hierarchies and hints of lasting changes to how “business as usual” is done in all spheres. Focusing on scientific research and synagogues specifically, scientists started sharing significantly more data with one another, rather than protecting their findings. Synagogues starting using Zoom for services and even permitted a minyan to be constituted virtually.  In this panel, three experts discuss how they weathered these changes, and how they might provide a silver lining for the future.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. “Did COVID Change the Rules?” was a panel held at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, MD on April 16, 2023).

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Photo by  Anna Watts for the New York Times (under Creative Commons license)

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