The second group of presentations from this year’s Darwin Day gathering of Sinai and Synapses Fellows.
Rabbi Jordan Shaner is the assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, Ontario. Recently ordained as a rabbi and cantor from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, Jordan’s rabbinic thesis focused on theologies in the Babylonian Talmud, including on the way the talmud presents the intersection between physiology, health, religious practice and spirituality. During his time as a rabbinical student, Jordan was a community educator at Brandeis University’s pre-college summer programs BIMA and Genesis, and a chaplain of the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. Both of these opportunities influenced Jordan’s understanding of the way religion and science can each shape the human experience. Currently, Jordan is a member of the Toronto Board of Rabbis and represents that organization as a board member of Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Greater Toronto, which fosters relationships between a number of faith communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Every week, Jordan goes curling with the ministers, priests, and rabbis of the interfaith curling league of Greater Toronto, which has become a way to immerse in Canadian culture as well as foster interfaith dialogue. Rabbi Shaner is married to Kate, a violist and music educator.