Our year of Scientists in Synagogues programming concludes with this capstone event.

Sunday, November 10
Beth Israel Center


Lecture: Jews, Judaism, and Science in Historical Perspective

Hava Triosh-Samuelson

Director of Jewish Studies, Arizona State University

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Science and Spirituality


Matt Banks

An active member of Beth Israel Center and the founder of the Madison Center for Jewish Meditation, Dr. Banks is a Professor of Anesthesiology and affiliate Professor of Neuroscience at UW-Madison whose research focuses on the neural basis of  changes in consciousness associated with anesthesia, sleep, psychedelics and acute disorders such as delirium.

Richie Davidson

The William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the UW-Madison, Dr. Davidson’s is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style as well as methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices.

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

The director of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University, Dr. Tirosh-Samuelson is especially committed to understanding the complimentary relationship between science and religion from an historical perspective. She writes on Jewish intellectual history, Judaism and ecology, bioethics, and religion and science.

Moderator: Irwin Goldman, an active member of BIC and Chair of the UW-Madison Department of Horticulture.

Beth Israel Center and this event are part of a national project entitled “Scientists in Synagogues,” a grass-roots initiative run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded primarily by the John Templeton Foundation, along with other donors.