Rabbi’s Sussman Fall Forum #3/3: Three Jews Who Changed the World, "Einstein: Relatively Speaking"

Rabbi’s Sussman Fall Forum #3/3: Three Jews Who Changed the World, "Einstein: Relatively Speaking"
With Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D & Joan Myerson Shrager

Supported in part by the Rosenau Fund. Free with your adult ed membership or $10 at the door.

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:00 AM

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was born in Ulm, Germany, and was raised in a non-observant Jewish family.   The most famous scientist of the 20th century, Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his study of the “photoelectric effect” which helped advance quantum theory.  However, he is better known for his mass-energy equivalence formula, E=mc2.   Although a pacifist, Einstein’s work directly led to the development of the atomic bomb.   Einstein was also a cultural Zionist who was keenly interested in the development of advanced studies in New Yishuv and, later, the State of Israel.   Einstein declined Ben Gurion’s request that he become the President of the Jewish State in order to continue his studies at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, NJ where he worked from 1933-1955.   In December 1934, Albert Einstein and his wife both accepted honorary membership at KI at the invitation of Rabbi William Fineshriber.