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CBE Awarded “Scientists in the Synagogue” Grant

CBE was one of just 15 communities selected to receive a really exciting grant for "Scientists in Synagogues".  

We will be hosting interesting, top-flight scientists at a half dozen events open to ours and neighboring communities through the end of 2024. 

Rabbi David brought this grant opportunity to the attention of congregant Joe Formaggio, an MIT physics Professor. Thanks to Joe for leading the successful grant application process and coordinating our future efforts on this grant. 

This is part of a project entitled "Scientists in Synagogues," a grass-roots initiative run by Sinai and Synapses in consultation with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, along with other individual donors.

You can learn more by clicking the links above and below: 

CBE's Scientists in Synagogues Events

October 15, 2023 - KICK-OFF EVENT

Scientists in Synagogues Speaker Series: A talk by Professor David Kaiser (MIT) entitled "Einstein's Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace”

The video recording of this talk is below, but will only be available to those logged into their account.  If not already logged in, scroll to the top of the screen to log in.  

Abstract:  "Einstein's Legacy: Studying Gravity in War and Peace" , MIT's Dr. David Kaiser

A popular image persists of Albert Einstein as a loner, someone who avoided the hustle and bustle of everyday life in favor of quiet contemplation. Yet Einstein was deeply engaged with politics throughout his life; indeed, he was so active politically that the U.S. government kept him under surveillance for decades, compiling a 2000-page secret file on his political activities. His most enduring scientific legacy, the general theory of relativity -- physicists' reigning explanation for gravity and the basis for nearly all our thinking about the cosmos -- has likewise been cast as an austere temple standing aloof from the all-too-human dramas of political history. But was it so? This lecture examines ways in which research on general relativity was embedded in, and at times engulfed by, the tumult of world politics over the course of the twentieth century.

Video Recording of Professor David Kaiser's talk is below.  You must be logged in to see it.

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