Synagogues, Science, and Memory

Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman provides an overview of his work with Sinai and Synapses. Honing in on scientific and Jewish takes on the concept of memory, he shows how it is possible not only to treat science and religion as entirely separate realms, but also to blend teachings from both.

He then shines a light on two of his organization’s central initiatives, Scientists In Synagogues and the Sinai and Synapses Interfaith Fellowship. Mitelman puts forth four common orientations toward science and religion, which he terms the “conflict,” “concert,” “contrast,” and “contact” models respectively, explaining why Sinai & Synapses advocates for the “contact” framework.

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