Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman will speak at Shabbat Ruach/Evolution Shabbat on Saturday, February 10. His topic will be “How Do We Speak About Science and Religion?”
Rabbi Mitelman is the founding director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds. It offers people a worldview that is both scientifically grounded and spiritually uplifting. It provides tools and language for learning and living to those who see science as their ally as they pursue personal growth and the repair of our world.
Rabbi Mitelman was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he received the Cora Kahn Prize for the most outstanding sermon delivery and oratory. An alumnus of Princeton University, he received multiple prizes for outstanding scholarship in Biblical and Judaic studies.
He was selected to be a member of the first cohort of Clal’s prestigious Rabbis Without Borders fellowship to be in the first group of the Balfour Brickner Rabbinic Fellowship, a joint program with Clal and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism that aims to integrate Jewish textual tradition with modern social and political issues. From 2007 to 2014, he served as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. His appearance at Congregation Kol Ami is sponsored by the Jewish Center & Federation.
Evolution Shabbat, the Shabbat nearest Charles Darwin’s birthday, is part of Evolution Weekend, when more than 500 Jewish, Christian, Unitarian-Universalist, and Muslim communities will set aside time to discuss issues in science and religion.
Rabbi Mitelman will speak during the Shabbat Ruach service at 10:00 a.m. at Congregation Kol Ami and again after lunch.