Are we hard-wired to believe in God? This is an area of investigation that has been called by some “neurotheology.”
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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Once we have set down a certain path, human nature makes it increasingly difficult to reverse course.
Science and Jewish religious tradition share the conviction that the world and the actions of human beings matter.
How much power should be given, and to whom, in the name of saving humanity from what think we can predict in the future?
After reading Krista Tippett’s book “Einstein’s God,” teenagers from Temple Israel Center have changed their views on science and religion.
If this time in history is in fact the end of the world, it wouldn’t be the first time.
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?
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.
How do both science and Judaism influence the way we think about time?
One of the discoverers of the Higgs boson — who is also the president of a Reform synagogue — offers meditations on the creation story.