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Judaism, Science & Medicine Group

The Judaism, Science and Medicine Group (JSMG) is an international organization of natural and social scientists, philosophers, historians, physicians, rabbis, theologians and educators who act to promote and facilitate a close relationship between Jewish religion, cultures and values, and the sciences, for the mutual benefit of both. Membership is free. To join, please complete the online membership form.

2020 Annual Conference

Jewish Healing Through the Ages: 
theories and practices

March 1-2, 2020
Scottsdale Hilton Resort
 6333 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

free and open to all | reservation required
meals are not included with your reservation
schedule subject to change

 The “Jewish Healing through the Ages: Theories and Practices” conference explores:

  • the Jewish physician as a social type
  • the historical factors that shaped the status, function, and impact of Jewish physicians
  • the relations between Jews and non-Jews in the practice of medicine
  • the intellectual, ethical, and theological dimensions of Jewish medicine
  • the role of women and gender in Jewish medical practices

reservations required


Session List | Download Complete Program (PDF)

Sunday | March 1
1–1:15 p.m.

1:15–3:15 p.m.
Medicine, Healing and the  Interplay of Religion and Science

3:30–6 p.m.
The Jewish Physician as Agent of Socio-Cultural Change

6–7 p.m.
dinner break

7–8:30 p.m.
The Dr. Michael Anbar Memorial Keynote Lecture in Judaism, Science and Medicine:
As Lofty as Any in the World: Doctors and the American Jewish Imaginary
Noah Efron | Bar Ilan University

Monday | March 2
8:30–10 a.m.
Medicine, Women, and Gender

10–10:15 a.m.

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Medicine and Jewish Spiritual Healing
12–1 p.m.
Roundtable: Being a Jewish Physician

1–2 p.m.
lunch break

2 p.m.



  • Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University
    a research unit of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies
    Arizona State University
  • Irving and Miriam Lowe Professsor of Modern Judaism
    Arizona State University

with support from

  • Dr. Michael Anbar Memorial Lecture in Judaism, Science and Medicine Endowment
    Arizona State University