• Monday Sep. 18, 2017 7:00 PM

    The Gershman Y
    401 S Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Science and Religion: Nature in Jewish Culture

A Panel Discussion

Are science and religion inherently opposed? Do Jews have a special affinity for scientific study? A broad look at how Jews studied and understood nature before the scientific revolution may change the way you think.

Join WHYY’s Maiken Scott as she moderates a panel of experts from Penn’s Katz Center, and watch as eminent scholars reveal how Jews have interpreted—and have been defined by—the natural world in surprising ways. 




Maiken Scott is the host of The Pulse, WHYY’s weekly radio program on science, health, and technology.





$8 | Free for PennCard holders. In partnership with the Gershman Y. 


Debra Glasberg Gail

New York University

Debra Glasberg Gail is interested in the cultural history of Jewish legal texts, the material history of the book, and the history of science. Her dissertation combined these interests through a close study of the life and work of Italian rabbi and physician Isaac Lampronti (1679–1756), who is best known for producing the first alphabetically organized encyclopedia and the first periodical of halakhah. In her dissertation, Gail showed how Lampronti refashioned the traditional rabbinic system by engaging scientific methodologies and Enlightenment ideas. 

Gail completed her PhD in 2016 at Columbia University. Immediately after, she spent a year as Gruss Scholar-in-Residence at the New York University School of Law. She is currently writing a monograph based on her dissertation.

David Shyovitz

Northwestern University

Mira Beth Wasserman

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College