Scholar in Residence Weekend

Men’s Club’s Annual Scholar in Residence

The below is information from our latest Scholar in Residence Weekend, which took place in March 2022. Our guest was Rabbi Geoffrey A Mitelman.

Rabbi Mitelman is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds.  We are delighted to have this year what promises to be a very engaging weekend of extremely relevant Jewish Contemporary thought that you won’t want to miss.

Rabbi Mitelman’s work has been supported by the John Templeton Foundation, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and his writings about the intersection of religion and science have been published in the books Seven Days, Many Voices and A Life of Meaning, as well as on The Huffington Post, Nautilus, Orbiter, Science and Religion Today, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and My Jewish Learning.

He has been an adjunct professor at both the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the Academy for Jewish Religion, and is an internationally sought-out teacher, presenter, and scholar-in-residence.  And as an alumnus of Princeton University, he received multiple prizes for outstanding scholarship in Biblical and Judaic studies.  He also on the advisory board of several organizations, including the 92nd St. Y’s “7 Days of Genius” Festival, as well as the URJ’s 6-Points Sci-Tech Academy.

Your continued commitment and generosity allow us to bring this informative and thought-provoking Scholar-in-Residence programing to our temple community.   We once again ask and humbly appreciate your becoming a 2022 Scholar-in-Residence Program Sponsor at the Scholar Benefactor, Family of Scholarship, or Friends of SIR Levels.    Your support will help us ensure that we can bring nationally known scholars of Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman’s caliber to TEC.  If you would like to become a Program Sponsor, please visit the TEC website to sign up for an SIR Sponsorship on-line, call the TEC office, or complete the sponsorship form below and return it to the Temple office.

  • Family of Scholarship ($136): The benefits at this level include invitations for you and a guest to an exclusive Friday evening Shabbat dinner with Dr. Mitelman, the Saturday evening keynote address and reception, and the Sunday brunch — as well as recognition in the program booklet and in the synagogue’s bulletin.
  • Scholar Benefactors ($300+): Additional benefits include an invitation for you and a guest to dine at Dr. Mitelman’s table at the Friday evening dinner and recognition from the podium at program events.
  • Friends of SIR ($36, or other amount):  Any contribution will help ensure a legacy of meaningful Scholar-In-Residence programming into the future here at Temple Etz Chaim.

Temple Etz Chaim Men’s Club would like to thank you for your continued support and participation in our activities.    Please contact us at 805-497-6891 or at  if you have any questions or suggestions.  

Thank you for your support!