Central Synagogue Explores Einstein’s Jewish Science as part of 7 Days of Genius

Is relativity Jewish? For 7 Days of Genius, Central Synagogue joined 92Y in presenting an exciting exploration of the intersection of science and religion through the lens of one of the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein. On March 10, 2016, Professor Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein’s Jewish Science, joined Rabbi Geoff Mitelman, founder of Sinai and Synapses, to discuss how Judaism influenced Einstein’s unique brand of genius and where science and religion can meet. Professor Gimbel traced the history of Einstein’s relationship to his Jewish faith, weaving in explanations of how Einstein’s personal experiences influenced his greatest scientific breakthroughs.

This event was co-presented by Central Synagogue, 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival, and Sinai and Synapses’ new program Scientists in Synagogues.


Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman (pictured left) is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Professor Steven Gimbel (pictured right) holds the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He has published many scholarly articles and four books, including Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion; and Einstein: His Space and Times.

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