Geoff Mitelman

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman 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. He was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he received the Cora Kahn Prize from the Cincinnati faculty for the most outstanding sermon delivery and oratory. An alumnus of Princeton University, he received multiple prizes for outstanding scholarship in Biblical and Judaic studies. In addition to My Jewish Learning, his writings about the intersection of religion and science have appeared on the homepages of several sites, including The Huffington Post, Science and Religion Today, and WordPress.com. He was interviewed by BBC Radio’s World Have Your Say about the religious implications of the Higgs Boson, and is also on the planning committee for the new URJ 6 Points Science Academy. For seven years, he served as Assistant and then Associate Rabbi of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester. He lives in Westchester with his wife Heather Stoltz, a fiber artist, and their daughter Caroline.


Articles by Geoff Mitelman

CRISPR, the Eclipse and Rabbi Soloveitchik

The fact that we can even think about changing genes to let blind people see is an incredible achievement in and of itself

Humans are Just Bigger Cats (or Smaller Elephants)

There's a surprising regularity connecting the size, speed, and lifespan of not just animals, but cities and organizations, as well

“God” and “Religion” Aren’t the Same

After all, since religion is a human endeavor, we have the power to change what it does.

Trading Meaning for Power

Three main problems faced people on a day-to-day basis: war, famine, and plague...

How Science Can Help Jewish Professionals

Most Jews have no problem with science; the challenge is often getting them excited about Judaism.

Jewish Wisdom for Life on Mars

What would it feel like to live on Mars? The New York Times is giving us a glimpse of that ...

Judaism in a Cloud-Based Economy

Last week, my phone wouldn’t charge. Since it was still under warranty, I got a loaner phone while it was shipped ...

The More We Look, the More We See

My three-year-old daughter doesn’t miss a thing. She notices when we move the snow shovels from one side of the garage ...

When Reality is Hard to Accept

I had a lot of realizations on Tuesday night, but one was particularly salient for me: whoever was going to win, half ...