Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Year of Science 2018

Throughout the year, the Adult Education Committee is collaborating
with other committees and synagogue leadership to support Tikvat Israel’s Year of Science programming. Over the next nine to 15 months, TI will host a series of events exploring the relationship between Judaism and science.

Sci-Fi Book Club Forming: 
As part of our synagogue’s Year of Science in 2017-18, a Science Fiction Book Club is being launched. They will meet every other month. Meetings are April 8, June 3, August 5 and October 7. Contact Hope Levy Kott at hkott@aol.com for more details. 

March 2018

March 9-11 — Year of Science Scholars Weekend featuring Rabbi Geoff Mitelman, Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses based at The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. 

Weekend Events Featuring Rabbi Mitelman

  • Friday, March 9, 8:30 pm: Congregational dinner followed by presentation: “How Do We Talk
    About Science and Religion?” (Shabbat service at 6:00, Congregational Dinner* at 7:00*)
  • Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm: Shabbat Services at 9:30 am, with kiddush lunch followed by
    presentation: “There Are Places I Remember—How Memory Works and How it Doesn’t” (Lunch
    sponsored by Melanie Grishman in memory of Dr. Herman J. Flax, z”l)
  • Sunday, March 11, 10:00 am: Brunch* followed by presentation: “Is Neuroscience Undercutting
    Moral Responsibility?” 

There are fees and reservations required for Friday and Sunday.

For more details and to register for the Shabbat Dinner and Sunday Brunch click HERE.

April 2018

April 18 — In honor of Yom HaAtzmaut, Irv Ellenberg, US Representative from Technion University in Israel will present on the latest technological innovations at Technion.  The program is under development and may feature a meal and family activities.  If so, reservations will be required.

May 2018

May 6 — Blues Band Bad Influence, featuring TI congregant David Thaler will play a concert at TI.  Prior to the concert a local brewery (Flying Dog, 7 Locks Brewing Company and Dog Fishhead Beer are under consideration) will deliver a talk about the science of brewing beer.  Program is still under development but it will likely feature a beer tasting at around 6:30 with the concert starting at 8.  Beer will be available for sale during the concert.  (Snacks will also be available.)  Program will require reservations and involve a fee.

Additional Year of Science Projects:

Ma’aseh Moments —Tikvat Israel will feature an electronic display of nature photography on the flat screen in the lobby on a rotating basis.  Larry Levine is curating the photographs.

Divrei Torah — We are looking for Congregants to deliver Devrei Torah on topics related to science.  Here is a list of what we are looking for:

  • Feb. 10 Mishpatim, case pf the goring ox and veterinarian science; not charging interest on a loan to a fellow Jew and the economics of capitalism
  • Feb. 17 Teruman (metallurgy and the fashioning of the mishkan from gold, silver and copper; terumah means “donations” and the science of fundraising)
  • Feb. 24 Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor (mathematics; geometry and the design of garments for the kohanim; Memory and the study of the human brain)
  • March 3    Ki Tissa (the half-shekel tax and the economics of capitalist financing, Census taking and the counting of The Israelites)

Volunteers wanted: The Adult Education Committee and Year of Science Committee are looking for volunteers to support their program plans. Contact Sally Kram at Kram@Consortium.org to help.

Questions? Contact Sally Kram at Kram@Consortium.org