DR. BINYOMIN ABRAMS, PHD 

Short Bio: Dr. Binyomin Abrams is an award winning educator and experienced speaker, hailing from Boston, MA. He was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, where he attended a non-religious Jewish day school for his primary education. He obtained his MS and BS degrees in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic (RPI) in Troy, NY. His pursuit of Judaism and Jewish studies began while working on his PhD in Theoretical Physical Chemistry at New York University, where he managed to split his time and focus between his studies in Manhattan and in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Dr. Abrams now lives in Boston with his wife and daughters, where he has maintained an impeccable teaching record at Boston University for over 10 years. Early in his career, he was honored to receive the student-nominated, student-voted Templeton Award for Excellence in student advising. More recently, he became one of the youngest recipients of the prestigious Metcalf Prize for Excellence in Teaching - the highest award given at the University. He has published scholarly articles on his work in chemical education, and is known as a passionate innovator amongst his colleagues. In addition to teaching, he travels extensively to lecture on various topics, including being a Jewish professional, and the interplay of science and Judaism.

Dr. Abrams’ lecture style combines wit and humor to help his students and audiences grapple and master even the most difficult and complex topics.
 



Select Prior Engagements:


National meetings and conventions:

  • The International Conference of Chabad Emissaries,
  • The International Conference of Campus Shluchim, the
  • Annual International Student Conference (Pegisha),
  • and the Annual cTeen Shabbaton.

Community synagogues and centers:

  • Marionetta, GA; Markham,
  • Ontario; Chabad of California
  • Brentwood, CA; Manalapan, NJ
    and more

Campus lectures and Shabbatons:

  • Northeastern, UPenn, Vassar
  • College, Binghamton University
  • University of Illinois
    and more
     


Topics:

DR. ABRAMS’ STORY

“Beakers & Black Hats: A Scientist's Return to Observant Judaism”
Having been raised in a non-orthodox family, Dr. Abrams has had the chance to experience life - and the world of science - from both sides of the proverbial fence. He discusses (a) what drew him to a more connected/observant life, (b) the successful and painless transition to it, and (c) life as an orthodox Jew in a professional setting.

“Learning to Lead: If Not Now, When?”
Using Jewish ideals to guide life choices is a fundamental precept of Judaism - but how does this manifest on a practical level? Dr.

Abrams offers personal anecdotes and insights on how to navigate social, educational, and other settings with integrity and awareness.

RECONCILING MISCONCEPTIONS

“Bridging the Gap: Reconciling a Jewish Heritage with a Scientific Career”
Dr. Abrams takes his listeners on an exploration of novel insights as he bridges the gap between two seemingly conflicting worlds, dealing with fundamental questions of science and faith.

“Modern Perspectives on Science & Judaism: Methods, Proofs, and Divine Truths”
Dr. Abrams examines the nature of science and Torah and their different approaches to how we view the world. He shows how Torah and science inform upon each other, and highlights areas where the Torah is reflected in modern scientific concepts.

CONGRUENCIES IN SCIENCE & TORAH

“Limits of Infinity: Practical Implications of Tanya Concepts”
The Tanya is designed as a guide to spiritual living, but contains many practical concepts. Unique amongst these is the Alter Rebbe’s discussion of ‘Infinity’, and how it is perceived by man. Dr. Abrams offers a text-based look at this elegant concept and it’s spiritual - and mathematical - implications.

“Seeing vs. Believing: Reality and Faith”
Take a journey through the fascinating worlds of quantum physics, neuroscience, and Jewish mysticism. Discover why seeing is not always believing, as well as the awesome spiritual underpinnings of the world around us and how we perceive it.

"Quantum Aspects of the Divine: Seeing G‑dliness in the Modern World"
This lecture explores how we look at the world and at Judaism, in the light of some of the more exciting scientific discoveries in modern history. Until recently, some principles in the Torah (Makom Ha'aron, Get al tenai) seemed to be in violation of seemingly fundamental scientific principles. Now, these types of phenomenon are considered common and well understood.

*All topics can be given in a formal lecture setting, or as a ‘farbrengen style’ event.



Contact:
Liorah Abrams
Phone: 347-996-0519
Email: liorah.abrams@me.com
Office: 33 Blenford Rd. #2, Brighton, MA 02135