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Scholar-In-Residence Weekend with Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3
Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. His writings about the intersection of religion and science have appeared on the homepages of several sites, including The Huffington Post, Nautilus, and Science and Religion Today.
A message from Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman
Hello Congregation Beth Israel —
I’m really looking forward to being with you all at the beginning of March! One of the key questions we’ll be exploring over the weekend is how we recognize that the biggest questions we face in this world aren’t religious, and they aren’t scientific — they are human. So how do we approach questions of our origins, our destiny and our current reality with a level of respect and understanding of multiple sources of truth? Since one of the biggest challenges we face in our society right now is where we find truth, I wanted to share a few thoughts for you to consider before the weekend that is a common refrain when looking at science and religion, namely, how do we read the opening verses of Genesis? Read more.
Please RSVP for each session, indicating whether you’ll attend in person or diverse access.
Friday, March 1, 2024
6:15 pm Erev Shabbat Service Sermon “Has Science Replaced God?” (Glickman-Galinson Sanctuary and YouTube)
For centuries, religion provided answers for our ancestors to all of life’s questions. But as modern Jews, we usually look to science to tell us where we came from, who we are, or even how we should act. So how should we look at, think about and talk about the relationship between science and religion in today’s world?
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Post Oneg Study Session expanding on Sermon “Has Science Replaced God?” (Feuerstein Family Activity Center and Diverse Access)
Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:00 am-10:15 am Shabbat Morning Torah Study Torah Portion: Ki Tisa “Evolution of Morality”
(Feuerstein Family Activity Center and Diverse Access)
When we think about Darwinian evolution, we often think about fierce competition for resources, or how our genes influence our kids’ height, or how it might clash with religious teachings. But in fact, evolution by natural selection can help us understand the roots of morality, which can then inform Jewish law and Jewish ethics.
Sunday, March 3, 2024
9:15 am-10:45 am Diverse Access: Sunday Morning Session “The Cosmos and the Covenant” (Feuerstein Family Activity Center and Diverse Access)
As we discover more exoplanets, and learn just how expansive our universe is, how do we situate ourselves in the cosmos? Are we insignificant, or are we special?
Light refreshments will be served.
This program is made possible in part by the Bonnie Graff Scholar-in-Residence Fund Presented by Adult Education Committee