Scientists in Synagogues Series – The Science of Tsuris: The Polyvagal Theory and How Judaism Responds to our Biological Imperative to Connect

Made possible by a grant from Sinai & Synapses, we offer a series of programs with the theme of “The Science of Tsuris: The Polyvagal Theory and How Judaism Responds to our Biological Imperative to Connect”

February 21, 2021 Our first session “Introduction to the Polyvagal Theory & Our Biological Imperative to Connect”

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View the slide deck presentation on “The Biology of the Nervous System” from Dr. Angela Cristini, Professor of Biology and Vice President of Ramapo College by clicking here.

View the slide deck presentation on “What to Do With our Polyvagal System” from Dr. Pam Straining, Clinical Psychologist by clicking here.

March 7, 2021 Our second session “From the Cerebral to the Ephemeral to the Divine: How Judaism gets into your head, your body, and your life” –  led by Rabbi Ilana

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View Rabbi Ilana’s slide deck by clicking here

March 21, 2021 Our third session “Can music affect our emotions? Can it evoke a mood, a physical response? How do lyrics and music connect?” – led by Dr. Gilad Cohen

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April 11, 2021 Stillness Through a Polyvagal Lens

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April 18, 2021 Observing Nature Through a Spiritual Walk – view a pdf of the walking guide by clicking here

Thank you to everyone who participated – we hope you learned a bit about the Polyvagal Theory and some ways that Judaism and Jewish practice can help you to handle your own “tsuris”!