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Science in the Synagogue

Sinai and Synapses is fiscally sponsored and housed at Clal–The National Center for Learning and
Leadership, in New York. Scientists in Synagogues is Sinai and Synapses’ grassroots program that offers Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science, with the aim to share how some of the most thoughtful Jewish scientists integrate their Judaism and their scientific work.

“The congregations selected for Scientists in Synagogues will make a significant impact on the conversation surrounding Judaism and science. Through their commitment, expertise and exploration of critical topics, these communities will showcase a variety of exciting ways to explore Judaism and science,” commented Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman, founding director of Sinai and Synapses.

The synagogues themselves will explore ideas and potential topics to develop their own programs. All will receive funding* for their programming, along with mentorship and guidance through Sinai and Synapses as well as DoSER (Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Scientists in Synagogues will begin with a workshop at Clal at the end of June, where representatives from the selected congregations will learn from eminent Jewish rabbis and scientists. (Pekka will be there on behalf of Temple Emanu-El.) They will then create the content for their programs within their communities and online between July 2016 and December 2017.

Ultimately, the communities that are delving into the relationship between Judaism and science will help elevate the public discourse, and offer the Jewish community as a whole new tools and new language to discover fruitful interactions between these two realms.

(*Funding comes from The John Templeton Foundation, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Sinai and Synapses also accepts donations. To learn more about the organization and to donate: www.sinaiandsynapses.org)


Mark Your Calendars for an exciting new program series coordinated by Temple Emanu-El and
Beth Tzedec Congregration. Leading Canadian scientists and Jewish thinkers will explore a modern
interpretation of the Seven Days of Creation. No science background required—just bring your curiosity! Four programs in 5777 (2016-2017), three more in 5778 (2017-2018). Free to the public.

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