Science Education for Jewish Professionals: A Webinar on Human Flourishing

Science Education for Jewish Professionals: A Webinar on Human Flourishing

Most Jews have no problem with science; the challenge is often getting them excited about Judaism. So how can we use science as a way to engage our communities? What are the biggest, most interesting and most pressing questions in the scientific community that also influence Jewish thought and Jewish living? And how can we bring both science and Judaism together to enhance our lives and our communities?

In these series of FREE webinars in November, we will explore the topic of human flourishing from Jewish and scientific perspectives, focused on psychology, technology and genetics.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion and Sinai and Synapses will explore these questions through a series of webinars hosted by Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation.


On the morning of the webinars, you will receive a link to join.

Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He is education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, non-profit organization in Cincinnati that advances the latest science and practical applications of character strengths. He’s an award-winning psychologist and adjunct professor at Xavier University, and annual instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.


Judith Donath will introduce the basic principles of signaling theory and show how it can be adapted to understand human communication. She will look at several examples, including signaling-based interpretations of religious ritual and her area of research: understanding how new technologies affect the equilibrium between honesty and deception.



Genetics, Identity, and Our Changing Selves
November 16, 2017, 1 pm Eastern

Marnie Gelbart, Ph.D. is leading initiatives for advancing national awareness about the benefits as well as ethical, legal, and social implications of knowing one’s genome. She is the scientific advisor for The Personal Genetics Education Project’s curriculum and leads professional development trainings and classroom workshops for teachers and students.

Please fill out the registration below, and on the morning of the webinar, you will receive a link to join.