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ABOUT US

Conference Mission

Some may assume it could result in discord, disagreement, or utter chaos. Often, there is a perceived dichotomy between the faith and science communities, with some believing that religion and science cannot coexist.


For more than two decades, Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar, emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Founder/Spiritual Leader of The Shul in Surfside, and Dr. Nathan Katz, Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Florida International University, together with multiple distinguished rabbis and scientists convene to discuss how science is not only an important study but fundamental to our Jewish beliefs. ​

​Conference Program

“Heart, Mind, Behavior and Purpose”



Conversations between Torah Wisdom and Scientific Knowledge about the Universe, Human Life, and the Mind.


Some of the invigorating discussions will explore:

  • What is a meaningful life?
  • How can we train our minds to be more peaceful and alert?
  • What is the Torah’s relevance for our health and well-being?
  • Can meditation be kosher?
  • How exactly does meditation affect the brain?
  • What is spiritual heredity according to Maimonides, Carl Jung, and the first Lubavitcher Rebbe?
  • What does the Torah teach about diet and cardiology?
  • Is a biography fact or myth?
  • Does the Genesis account of creation contradict or support evolution?
  • What are the uses of the Internet in the world of religion?
  • What tensions arise as new medical sciences confront us with ethical dilemmas?



Torah and Science Shabbat Chanukah Dinner


11 - 12

Dec

  • ​​ Opening | 8:00 - 8:30 PM
  •  Contemporary Issues in ​​Jewish Medical​ Ethics | 8:30 - 10:30 PM 


13

Dec

  
  • Tora​h & Mindfulness | 10:30 AM -12:30 PM
  • Keynote | 12:45 - 1:45 PM
  • Meditation Workshops | 5:00 - 6:00 PM
  • ​The heart of the matter |​ 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Torah, Food and Cardiology |​ 8:00 - 10:00 PM

Motzei Shabbes


12

Dec

  • The Art & Science of Biography : Three recent books of the Rebbe |9:30 - 11:30 AM
  •  Keynote | 11:45 AM - 12:45PM
  •  Keynote | 7:00 - 8:00 PM​
  •  Torah & the Internet | 8:00 - 9:30 PM​
  •  Concluding Session | 9:30 - 10:00 PM


14

Dec

XIth Torah & Science Conference

AnchorIn the very beginning G-d had no one to talk with (as Jerusalem College of Technology physicist Professor Joseph S. Bodenheimer clarified for us word by word in the Genesis text), so He created nature, animals, humankind, and gave us free will and the Torah. At the Tenth Miami International Conferences on Torah held at The Shul of Bal Harbour, December 13-16, 2013, hints of that ongoing conversation were revealed.

AnchorFor instance, Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs spoke of how the dialogue between G-d and nature and the Jewish People can be found in basic concepts of modern ecology.

The XIth Miami International Conference on Torah & Science

​Organized by The Shul of Bal Harbour, the Program for the Study of Spirituality of Florida International University,

and the B’Or Ha’Torah Journal of Science, Life, and Art in the Light of the Torah

PRESENTERS

Biographies

Prof. Nathan Katz

Conference Organiser

Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar

Conference Organiser

Prof. Joseph S. Bodenheimer

Conference Organiser

XIth INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TORAH

AND SCIENCE


ABSOLUTE STANDARDS IN AN AGE OF RELATIVITY

Heart, Mind, Behavior and Purpose

TORAH, MINDFULNESS  AND RELEVANCE FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE

Presenters Abstracts

AnchorMost people of almost any religion, and many non-religious people, too, feel that we are interacting with realities beyond the realm of science. The highest form of supernatural interaction is with the A-lmighty

AnchorCommunication with the Supernatural: Dialogue of a Divine Essence  

Prof. Joseph S. Bodenheimer

AnchorRabbi Sholom D. Lipskar


What is a meaningful life? How can we train our minds to be more peaceful and alert? What is the relevance of the Torah for health and well-being? ​What does the Torah teach about diet and cardiology? what are the uses and uses of the Internet in the world of religion? ​ ​

AnchorProf. Nathan Katz

Anchor

To live meaningfully is the key to human happiness. It also is a crucial component of the Redemption that we all await. Over four days in December, this conference will consider multifaceted approaches to finding meaning in life, for abundant and healthful living. 

TORAH & SCIENCE SHABBATON 

AnchorThe Torah & Science Shabbat Chanukah Dinner

AnchorFriday, December 11, 2015

Anchor5:13 PM -

Shabbat Candle lighting followed by friday night services.

6:30 PM -

Elegant Shabbat Dinner at the Shul's social hall.

Advance reservation and payment required.

Members $40 per person ; Children $20 

Non-members $50 per person ; Children $ 25

RSVP : 305-868-1411 ext. 0.

5eservations will be taken after November 25, 2015.

Shabbat Dinner Speakers : Rabbi Simon Jacobson and Professor Nathan Aviezer



AnchorShabbat Day, December 12, 2015

(free & open to the public; reservations not required)

Anchor9:00 AM -

Saturday morning services.

12:15 PM -

Community Kiddush

5:00 PM -

Mincha followed by Shalosh Seudos Special Address by TBA


Dates : December 11-14, 2015


For more information call : 

(305) 868-1411 ext.​ 328

​milena@theshul.org





AnchorReservation Information for Shabbat Dinner

Elegant Shabbat dinner on December 11, at 6:15 p.m, at The Shul’s Social Hall
Shul Members $40, Non-Members $50
Note: Children under 13 pay half the adult rate.
limited seating; advance reservation and payment required.
Reservations will be taken after November 25th, 2015

RSVP: (305) 868-1411(305) 868-1411 ext. 0

HISTORY OF TORAH & SCIENCE CONFERENCE

The Miami International Torah & Science Conferences

Absolute Standards in a world of relativity​

When the Lubavitcher Rebbe blessed Rabbi Sholom Dovber Lipskar and Professor Herman Branover for organizing the First Miami International Torah & Science Conference, he circled the word “relativity” in the conference subtitle. The Rebbe noted that Einstein’s research probed the nature of light. Just as the speed of physical light provides a measure of absoluteness to the physical world, the light of the Torah commandments, invoked by kindling the Chanukkah candles, signifies another level of absoluteness.​

Thus the First Miami Torah & Science Conference was held during Chanukkah of 1987 at the Sheraton Hotel of Bal Harbour. Its proceedings, entitledFusion, were published in 1990 by Feldheim Publishers. The Second Miami Torah & Science Conference was held at the same venue on December 24-26, 1989.​

B’OR HA’TORAH is a peer-reviewed forum for wondering Jews, scientists, artists, teachers and students—examining personal and intellectual concerns through the microscope and telescope of the scientist; the algorithm of the mathematician; the discourse of the philosopher; the imagery of the artist, poet and photographer; and the tested faith and learning of the Torah-observant Jew.​

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS & B'OR HATORAH

PICTURE GALLERY

Hotels in walking Distance of the Shul

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS, FOOD & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Daddy O Hotel

Grand Beach Hotel

​The St. Regis Bal Harbour resort

Side View Hotel

Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel​

Miami is accessed by Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale Airport.  Fort Lauderdale Airport tends to be more economical for flights within the U.S.  Both airports are about 30/40 minutes from The Shul.​

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CONTACT US

All sessions are free and open to the public!

 For more information

Call: (305) 868-1411 ext. 328

Email :  milena@theshul.org