Congregation Tifereth Israel

Scientists in Synagogues

As one of fourteen Jewish communities across the nation chosen to receive the Scientists in Synagogues grant from the Sinai and Synapses organization, Tifereth Israel is bringing important conversations to Columbus in spring 2023.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Dinner, Drinks, & Drash:
Exploring Tay Sachs and Other Jewish Genetic Diseases with Dr. David Greenberg

Saturday, February 25, 2023
Shabbat Learning
The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance Into a Hopeful Future with Joselin Linder 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Dinner, Drinks & Drash
Help, I Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused: DNA and Jewish Genealogical Research with Gil Bardige of the Columbus Jewish Historical Society

Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, 2023

The Web of Eugenics: Scientific Racism’s & Antisemitism’s Past, Present, and Future with Dr. John Slattery

  • Part 1: Science Then: Ethically Considering an Unethical Past
  • Part 2: Science Now: The Rise and Fall…and Rise…of Eugenics

About Our Speakers

John P. Slattery, PhD

John P. Slattery is the Director of the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University. An ethicist, theologian, and historian of science, Slattery works at the intersection of technology, science, religion, and racism.
Slattery earned a B.S. in computer science from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Paul School of Theology, and an interdisciplinary PhD in the history and philosophy of science and systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous essays, as well as the 2019 Faith and Science at Notre Dame, the 2020 Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences, and a producer of the AAAS DoSER film series, ‘Science: The Wide Angle.” He is currently writing and publishing on the intersection of liberation theology and technology ethics in Roman Catholicism, the history of intersections between science and race, and the role of race and gender in historical discussions of theology and science.