Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life

COALITION SPEAKER SERIES: Dr Andrew Newberg, “The Jewish Brain”


April 16, 2023    
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Dr. Newberg will review the latest information from the field of neurotheology that explores the link between religion and the brain as it pertains specifically to Judaism.  This talk will present cutting edge results from our brain scan studies of meditation and prayer, as well as a survey of Rabbi’s religious and spiritual beliefs.  This talk will highlight how Jewish thought, beliefs and practices intersect with the human brain. 

Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences… a field referred to as “neurotheology”.  He has also studied the more general mind body relationship and other types of alternative therapies.  He has actively pursued a number of neuroimaging research projects which have included the study of aging and dementia as well as other neurological and psychiatric disorders. He has published over 250 peer reviewed articles and chapters on brain function, brain imaging and the study of religious and mystical experiences.  He was given the Teacher of the Year Award twice as part of the faculty of the Biological Basis of Behavior Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Newberg is currently the Research Director at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia.  He is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine.  He has published 12 books which have been translated into 17 different languages.  He was listed as one of the 30 Most Influential Neuroscientists Alive Today by the Online Psychology Degree Guide.  One of his books, which I think would interest all of us, is “The Rabbi’s Brain:  Mystics, Moderns, and the Science of Jewish Thinking.”

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With gratitude to Gloria and Marty Greenstein and the Rene Bloch Foundation for their generous support.

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