Applications open for “Scientists in Synagogues”

Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the worlds of religion and science and incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, is pleased to open applications for Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Its aim is to share how some of the most thoughtful Jewish scientists integrate their Judaism and their scientific work so that they can be role models and ambassadors for productive conversations surrounding Judaism and science.

Selected synagogues will receive up to $3600 for use between July 2018 and December 2019 for food, publicity, honoraria or other expenses as they see fit.

They will receive an opportunity for mentorship and connection from both the Jewish world through Sinai and Synapses and the scientific world through the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest scientific organization.

Additionally, the selected congregations will attend a fully-subsidized workshop in June, where they will have the opportunity to learn from:

  • Professor Noah Efron, faculty member on the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar Ilan University in Israel;
  • Rabbi Bradley Artson, Dean’s Chair at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and author of the upcoming book Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit;
  • Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER);
  • Professor Michael Zimmerman, founder of The Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of The Evergreen State College.

This project is organized by Sinai and Synapses (which is incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER), and funded by the John Templeton Foundation and other individual donors.

The application is due by March 15th, 2018.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the Scientists in Synagogues page.