Join Rabbi Josh Stanton for lively and discussion-based Adult Education opportunities. These will take place throughout the year on Tuesday evenings from 8:00-9:00pm. Whether this is your first chance to learn Jewishly, or you grew up going to yeshiva, there will be something here for you. For more information, keep reading below or e-mail Rabbi Josh Stanton directly.

Science, Truth and Judaism in the Age of Covid-19
East End Temple & Scientists in Synagogues

In 1987, Rabbi Irving Greenberg predicted that the Jewish People would reach a “Third Era,” driven by lay leaders and facilitated by clergy. He was more than thirty years ahead of his time, but seismic shifts within Jewish communal life are likely to prove him right in the coming year. Covid-19 has accelerated existing trends towards lay leadership and empowerment, tapping their stores of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

Our collaboration with Sinai & Synapses, through its Scientists in Synagogues program, will harness the wisdom of East End Temple lay leaders – and engage our entire community in the process of reflecting on truth, science, and the place of Jewish thought in guiding our choices amid a time of uncertainty. It is evident that scientists within the Jewish community have long navigated questions of belief and doubt, the search for truth and Truth, and troubling questions about human nature.

This unique year of study will both captivate minds and help our community continue fulfilling its potential as a lay-driven institution. It will focus on a series of five Adult Education mini-mesters, each with three 60-minute class sessions for laypeople in East End Temple, as well as the wider community. For the time-being, these will take place via Zoom in the evenings from 8:00-9:00pm. In the future, we hope to gather in-person.

Class 4 — Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: Tuesdays May 4, 11, and 18 at 8:00pm

At one point do machines deserve rights? At what point do they surpass human capacity? At what point should we be worried? Jewish tradition speaks extensively about the positive potential of science and human ability to create. How does it reflect on the dangers and drawbacks of human creations?