A Joint Program Between Sinai & Synapses and Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center with Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum
September 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM PT (10:00 PM ET)
Tensions between science and religion are at a very public high, lending themselves to outsized claims and misrepresentation from both sides. Dr. Rosenbaum will explore these tensions with an eye towards historical antecedents and offer at least one scientist and Jew’s personal attempt to find modest reconciliation and meaning.
Caltech President, Thomas F. Rosenbaum, is the Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics. He is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials, conducting research at Bell Laboratories, IBM Watson Research Center, and the University of Chicago, where he served as Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory and then provost, before moving to Caltech in 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. He serves on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, the Board of Trustees of the Society for Science & the Public, as General Member of the Aspen Center for Physics, and on the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Los Angeles Program Committee.
PJTC is the proud recipient of a grant from Scientists in Synagogues for the 2022–2023 programming year. The Sinai and Synapses project bridges the religious and scientific worlds, offering people a worldview that is scientifically grounded and spiritually uplifting. Our project, The Intersection of Judaism and Science: Coexisting Searches, will leverage the presence of our congregation’s scientists and rabbis to explore the nexus of science and religion. We will be posing questions and encouraging discussions that will challenge assumptions about the incompatibility of juxtaposing science and Judaism. More information about Sinai and Synapses (which is incubated at Clal—The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) can be found here.