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Space Torah - A Celebration of Shavuot That is Out of This World!

Join us as we celebrate Shavuot and the beauty of Torah - and not just any Torah - space Torah! On May 25th beginning at 7 PM we will learn from Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman.

Jeffrey is a former NASA astronaut and currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT.


Hoffman made five flights as a Space Shuttle astronaut and was also NASA's second Jewish astronaut, and the second Jewish man in space.  


On one of his trips Hoffman took with him a small Torah scroll, and he read from the Book of Genesis during the flight. The documentary film "Space Torah" released in 2023, is centered around this event.

The event will begin at 7 pm with a very short Shavuot service/Yizkor. Jeff will begin speaking at 7:30. 

You are invited to bring food to this event as you wish. There is no fee for this event.


Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman is a professor in MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. He
received a BA in Astronomy (summa cum laude) from Amherst College (1966); a PhD in
Astrophysics from Harvard University (1971); and an MSc in Materials Science from Rice
University (1988). As a NASA astronaut (1978-1997) he made five space flights, becoming
the first astronaut to log 1000 hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. Dr. Hoffman
was Payload Commander of STS-46, the first flight of the US-Italian Tethered Satellite
System. He has performed four spacewalks, including the first unplanned, contingency
spacewalk in NASA’s history (STS 51D; April, 1985) and the initial repair/rescue mission
for the Hubble Space Telescope (STS 61; December, 1993). As the Astronaut Office
representative for EVA, he helped develop and carry out tests of advanced high-pressure
space suit designs and of new tools and procedures needed for the assembly of the
International Space Station. Following his astronaut career, Dr. Hoffman spent four years as
NASA’s European Representative, working at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In August 2001, Dr.
Hoffman joined the MIT faculty, where he teaches courses on space operations and space
systems design. His primary research interests are in improving the technology of space
suits and designing innovative space systems for human and robotic space exploration. Dr.
Hoffman is director of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, responsible for space-
related educational activities. He is Deputy Principal Investigator of the MOXIE experiment
on NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission, which for the first time has produced oxygen
from extraterrestrial material, a critical step in the future of human space exploration. In
2007, Dr. Hoffman was elected to the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.

To read a more detailed biography of Dr. Hoffman, click here.
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