Scholar-In-Residence: Rebekah Rasooly, PhD. “Genetics and Judaism”
Dr. Rasooly, a renowned human geneticist at the National Institutes of Health, will be the honored speaker for the 2018 Scholar in Residence program at Beth Shalom synagogue.
On Friday November 2nd, Dr. Rasooly will present a lecture entitled: “Genetics and Judaism: From Moses to Molecular DNA”. She will discuss concepts of inheritance from both traditional Jewish sources and from modern molecular genetics, including the relative contributions of genes and environment on human behavior and disease susceptibility. Dr. Rasooly will explore the implications of these concepts for our understanding of an individual’s potential for redemption and repentance. A Shabbat dinner at 5:45 pm will precede the lecture, which will begin at 7:00 pm.
On Saturday, November 3rd, Rabbi Grossman and Dr. Rasooly will moderate a discussion during Shabbat religious services with congregants on areas of convergence between the scientific and Jewish approaches to understanding human identity, behavior and traits. The relative contributions of innate potential and the shaping of the environment in developing this potential will be discussed.
Registration for the dinner is required. All other activities and free and open to the community.
Pricing and registration for dinner is forthcoming.