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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 contact the Center for Jewish Studies.

Judaism and Mental Health: Psychotherapy, Neuroscience, and the Spiritual Life

This year’s conference, organized by the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University and Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, will explore the intersection of science and spirituality within the realms of psychology and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on Judaism but also a comparative look at that intermingling in Christianity and less well-defined searches for meaning and transcendence. Participants include psychologists, psychiatrists, clergy, as well as humanities and religion scholars. Topics span centuries and range from considerations of problems of mentai well-being in Rabbinic texts through the contemporary “positive psychology” movement and the findings of neuroscience. 

February 18-19 2018
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas


  • Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University
    a research unit of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Gale Family Foundation Annual Lectureship in Jewish Studies
    University of Texas 
  • Harold and Jean Grossman Chair in Jewish Studies
    Arizona State University
  • Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
    The University of Texas at Austin

with support from

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