Or Emet Jewish Cultural
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The Or Emet
Jewish Cultural School (JCS) is a monthly
Jewish secular Sunday School program for preschoolers though Bar/Bat
Mitzvah age. The curriculum emphasizes Jewish history, culture, and the
traditions that shape our identity and values. Each class session
incorporates a Hebrew lesson as well as a short Jewish music lesson.
Jewish education is non-theistic, meaning we
focus on our shared identity, values, and cultural history – not
religious doctrine. Humanistic Jews believe a logic-based worldview and
Jewish identity are complementary. We teach Jewish history as a human
saga, a testament to the significance of human power and
responsibility. Our children learn that morality and ethics come from
the human experience, and from the documented history of Jewish leaders
and heroes who came before us. (For more information
about Humanistic Judaism, see the Society for Humanistic Judaism
website at www.shj.org.)
Or Emet celebrates Humanistic
Judaism’s proud tradition of
leadership in social movements for peace and justice, and teaches the
responsibility of Tikkun Olam—working to improve our world. We
encourage our children to develop their own convictions and seek truth
and meaning on the basis of knowledge, reason, ethical values and
The JCS provides an open
environment where students may freely
express thoughts, feelings, and questions. Family and community
participation are central to the success of our school. We welcome and
affirm children of interfaith, intercultural, and LGBT families.
- 2013 SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM
Sunday School is held once a month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
Friends School of Minnesota in St. Paul.
Dates for the current school
year are listed below. A dynamic and engaging program for adults runs
concurrently, with speakers and discussions of interest to both parents
and other Or Emet community members.
September 9, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012 (followed
by a Sukkot party at a member's home)
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Sunday, January 27, 2013 (includes
Tu B'Shevat Seder)
Sunday, February 24, 2013
(includes Purim Party and Carnival)
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Other family-oriented Or Emet activities include an annual Hanukkah
a Passover Seder that focuses on family and student contributions with
the full Congregation. There are opportunities for students to
participate in Or Emet’s High Holidays services as well. Additionally,
we organize field trips, book clubs, and service events, giving
students and families more opportunities to build relationships and
community. See the Calendar page on this website for
complete information about Congregation-sponsored events, including
secular Friday Shabbat Services.
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2012/13 Tuition Rates
& Guest Visitors
(We appreciate advance notice, whenever possible!)
visit is free; additional visits are $25/session
visit is free; additional visits are $15/session
Visiting the School
are welcome to visit any of the Sunday School sessions planned for the
year and get to know us better. Please contact the JCS coordinator in
advance so our teachers know to expect you, and have adequate
supplies to accommodate your child in the classroom.
Ready to Enroll?
To enroll, or learn more about Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural School,
contact the JCS coordinator, Eva Cohen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.