Dr. Jeffrey Linsky will give a First Friday talk at Congregation Bonai Shalom on the topic “Synagogues we have visited: familiar and unexpected.” During their many travels to six continents for scientific meetings, the Linskys have been to services in a variety of synagogues. They have been to High Holiday services in Stockholm (Sweden), Budapest (Hungary), Barcelona (Spain), Florence (Italy), Medellin (Columbia), and Mendoza (Argentina) as well as Shabbat services in Harare (Zimbabwe), Paris (France), Kobe (Japan) and many points in between. This talk will describe some of the interesting and unusual experiences they have had at these synagogues around the world.
Dr. Linsky is a Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He recently retired from the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and the JILA research institute on campus, but he continues an active research program concerning the ultraviolet and X-ray emission of stars, the interstellar medium, cosmology, and the search for life on planets around other stars.
Dr. Linsky received a BS degree in Physics from MIT and his PhD in Astronomy from Harvard. Since 1968 he has been in Boulder working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado. His former graduate students are now faculty members at many universities. His research programs include the development and use of scientific instruments on NASA satellites including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. This work has led to many scientific publications in the astrophysical journals.
Dr. Linsky came to Boulder with his wife Lois in February 1968. Their children Joel and Samara grew up in Boulder and now live in San Diego and Milwaukee. They have two grandchildren in San Diego. He is a founding member of Congregation Bonai Shalom and was chair of the Ritual Committee for many years. He often led services before our first rabbi came to Boulder.
Services begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 7:00 pm and lecture starts at 8:00 pm, followed by questions. Reservations must be made in advance. Dinner is $15 per adult, $12 per child (under 13 years old) with a $50 maximum per family. If you would like wine with your dinner, it is BYOB. (Kosher only, please label your wine with your name unless you plan to share.) Reservations must be made by 2:00 pm on Friday July 26. Save your place today by calling 303-442-6605 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. At Congregation Bonai Shalom, 1527 Cherryvale Rd. in Boulder.