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History

The History of the Jewish Science movement dates back to the earliest days of the twentieth century. As such we believe authoratative works will serve you very well in your quest to learn about its history.

We would like to direct you to a book entitled: “The Life and Thought Of Tehilla Lichtenstein,” by Rabbi Rebecca Trachtenberg-Alpert. This well-written soft cover book of 50 pages documents the life and experiences of our beloved co-founder Mrs. Tehilla Lichtensten. It is easy reading even for those of High School age and will serve as an excellent reference and learning tool for those who wish to learn about the history of Jewish Science and the role of the first woman to occupy a pulpit and lead a Jewish congregation in the United States (1938).

“The Life and Thought Of Tehilla Lichtenstein” is available via the mail for a postage and handling charge of $2.50. Please make your check or money order payable to :”Society of Jewish Science,” and include your mailing address and a daytime phone number in case we have questions about your order.

“FROM CHRISTIAN SCIENCE TO JEWISH SCIENCE, Spiritual Healing and American Jews” by Ellen M. Umansky
This new (2005) volume is remarkable in both content and account of the history of Jewish Science and is recommended highly…

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of American Jews were drawn to the teachings of Christian Science. They attended weekly meetings, sought the help of spiritual practitioners, and turned to Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures for religious guidance. Viewing such attraction with alarm, American Reform rabbis sought to counter Christian Science’s appeal by formulating a Jewish vision of happiness and health.

Unlike Christian Science, it acknowledged the benefits of modern medicine yet, sharing the belief in God as the true source of healing, similarly emphasized the power of visualization and affirmative prayer.

The first to articulate this vision was Rabbi Alfred Geiger Moses of Moblie, Alabama, who in 1916 published a slim volume entitled Jewish Science: Divine Healing In Judaism. Expanded and substantially revised in 1920, it led to the creation of Jewish Science groups aimed at awakening religiously apathetic Jews to Judaism’s spiritual possibilities while combating the lure of Christian Science.