Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Science and Religion Focused Weekend

Sunday brunch [photo by Felicia R. Black]

Tikvat Israel’s Year of Science Committee brought us a full, thought-provoking weekend focused on science and religion to the congregation March 9-11.

Scholar’s Weekend 2018 began with a Shabbat evening service, Shabbat dinner and an interactive talk with our keynote speaker Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, founding director of Sinai and Synapses in New York. He discussed “How Do We Talk About Science and Religion?” with about 90 participants.

On Shabbat, we were treated to a lovely kiddush lunch sponsored by Melanie Grishman in memory of Dr. Herman J. Flax, z”l, who spent his life in the health career field while pursuing questions of both science and religion. What followed lunch was another presentation and discussion on memory that Rabbi Mitelman titled “There are Places I Remember – How Memory Works and How it Doesn’t.”

Scholar’s Weekend concluded with a brunch with delicious omelets prepared by Mr. Omelet and our final seminar by Rabbi Mitelman. This time, congregation members discussed whether or not neuroscience is undercutting moral responsibility.