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Joel Pedersen Memorial Lecture with Jo Handelsman

Sunday, February 25, 2024 16 Adar I 5784

9:30 AM - 11:45 AMSwarsensky Social Hall & Zoom

Professor Jo Handelsman, director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will be our 2024 Joel Pedersen Lecturer in Tikkun Olam and the Environment.

Joel was a vital member of the Torah Study group and the Environment and Climate Change Action Team at TBE who passed away in June 2022 after a battle with brain cancer. As a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Joel was an extraordinary environmental scientist focusing on how we adapt to an ever-warming planet, one who shared his profound decency and an often ironic playfulness as he debated passages from the Torah and their insights into how we should approach our own dilemmas. The lectures are intended to further his mission to understand and communicate how science and Judaism can together help improve the world, particularly with regard to the effects of climate change.

We will be having a book discussion of “A World Without Soil” by Jo Handelsman on January 22, 2024 ahead of this talk.

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