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Science in the Synagogue


In Praise of Chametz: A Celebration of the Staple Grains and their Route to our Table
Tuesday, March 30th at 7:00 PM

During Passover, we focus our thoughts on Chametz, the products of wheat, barley, rye, oats, and other grains that have been allowed to ferment. We think of these foods at this time of the year because they are to be removed from our homes and our diet during the Holiday. Throughout the rest of the year we enjoy Chametz. Indeed, products of the seeds (actually fruits) of various species of the grass family, including rice, corn (maize), millet, and others, are among the major major sources of food for people throughout the world. In this session of Science in the Synagogue, we will examine the importance of grasses through the course of human history, and the manner in which they have found their way into our diet, culture, and religious experience.

Presented by our own Jerry Davis, Professor Emeritus, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Biology Section, Cornell University.

You may access a recording of the presentation HERE.
Passcode: 2#sp53=y

Ethical Dimensions of the COVID-19 Vaccine
Sunday, March 7th at 7:00 PM

Temple Beth-El members Jennie Lavine (DPH, Tulane SPH) and David Evelyn (VP of Medical Affairs, Cayuga Medical Center) will be discussing with Rabbi Safman the communal and ethical dimensions of the decision to take the COVID vaccine.

How and why is this a decision with implications beyond your personal well-being?  How does Jewish thinking resemble or diverge from that of secular sciences (medical, public health) as to whether individuals should be encouraged – even compelled – to take a preventive vaccine? What factors should we be weighing as individuals as we decide how aggressively to pursue (or avoid) vaccination?

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Meeting ID: 892 5207 3948

Passcode: Science

Sunday, December 20th at 7:00 PM

Light One Candle …

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Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782