Newsletter 2020 - 2021 - Page 14

Bringing Science to Jewish Clergy

The American Association for the Advancement of Science ( AAAS ) selected AJR as one of eight seminaries for the 2021 cohort of their Science for Seminaries Project . AJR is the first Jewish seminary to receive this $ 75,000 grant . With the help of a dozen preeminent scientists , AJR will enhance its curriculum through the creation of three new courses , the reimagining of its Critical Issues course , and its 2021 school-wide Retreat on “ Mindfulness , Music Therapy and the Brain Research That Speaks to Them Both .”
Fall 2021
Critical Issues in Jewish Law and Science
Exploring genetics and Jewish law , including GMOs , gene therapy , and Jewish identity based on genetic testing
Spring 2022
Generations of Sky and Earth : Science in Dialogue with Biblical Imagery
Examining natural imagery in the Hebrew Bible in light of science
April Intersession 2022
What Clergy Need to Know About Psychopharmacology : A Basic Understanding
Learning about fundamentals of psychiatric disorders and medications , coupled with a pastoral dimension
Summer 2022
Scientific Literacy for Clergy
Understanding core areas of science in dialogue with contemporary Jewish life