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Synagogue Scholars & Authors Series 2019 - 2020

We are pleased to continue our annual series featuring congregant-led presentations on a range of topics of expertise. All programs will begin at 7:30pm in Zimmerman Hall and refreshments will be served. Can't join us in person? Livestream the sessions at this link.

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2019 - 2020 Presentations:

Wednesday, November 13 

Zach Bercu, MD Assistant Professor, Division of Interventional Radiology and Image-Guided Medicine, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Innovation in Start-Up Nation: Lessons for Any Professional Community Hungering for New Ideas

Large organizational and professional structures often are resistant to change. This can apply to the corporate infrastructures, financial institutions, government, NGO's, and religious communal organizations. Healthcare is an example of a dynamic professional community with incredible challenges and strong resistance to change. Personal and professional experiences both in interventional radiology and in Israel serve as examples for fostering a culture of innovative thinking to kickstart an ecosystem and shift it from the brink to a restorative, thriving, and meaningful calling to serve.

View this session here.

Wednesday, December 11 

Michael Greenwald, MD Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

The Doctor Visit Demystified: What your doctor wishes you knew to make the most of your medical visit

Research shows that most patients recall only 50% of what their doctor told them at a visit - AND that half of what we remember is inaccurate! Why is this so hard? It turns out doctors are trained to think about medical problems very differently than their patients. This workshop will examine some of those differences to help you get them most out of your next medical encounter.
Dr Greenwald’s colleague, Lisa Bernstein, MD will share the billing at this evening’s very special program. Dr. Bernstein is an Associate Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Dept. of Medicine and Geriatrics, and is a three-time winner of the Emory School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Award.

View this session here.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Cindy Weinbaum, MD Deputy Director, Immunization Services Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Measles Vaccine: Bad for the Jews?


Measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000.  So why, 19 years later, did it make a comeback?  And why did it impact Jews?  Come hear a CDC perspective on vaccination and modern challenges to vaccinating.

View this Session Here.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Daniel S. Wechsler, MD, PhD Professor of Pediatrics & Director of Pediatric Oncology, Thomas R. Giddens Chair, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Emory University School of Medicine

The ABCDs of Pediatric Cancer: Amazing Breakthroughs & Challenging Dilemmas

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Gloria Jacobson, PhD and Leah Jacobmann, Professional Violinists and Suzuki Teachers 

Everything you always wanted to know about the violin: its history, construction, performance techniques, and why it's so freakin' hard to play it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Hallie Ludsin, Senior Fellow, Center for International and Comparative Law, Emory School of Law

Must I be Complicit in Your Sin? A Human Rights Look at the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby and Masterpiece Cakeshop Decisions


Click here to view select presentations from the 2018 - 2019 series.

Wed, January 29 2020 3 Shevat 5780