Dr. Harold Londer, Or Emet Founder and Madrikh

Sadly, Dr. Harold Londer died on July 29, 2020. Since founding Or Emet in 1983, along with the late Dr. Larry Garfin (1934-1993), Harold dedicated himself to guiding the congregation with energy and vision. Ordained as a Madrikh (ritual leader) in 2007, he officiated at lifecycle events and services until transitioning to Madrikh Emeritus in 2018. Harold’s death is an incalculable loss to Or Emet and to Humanistic Judaism.

Dr. Londer’s obituary was in the StarTribune on August 2, 2020. https://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000363825/?fullname=dr-harold-londer

Donations are welcome to the Harold Londer Or Emet Memorial Fund at oremet.org, Contributions will carry Harold’s legacy forward and help build Or Emet’s congregational leadership.



Online! Or Emet Humanistic Passover Seder on April 11

Or Emet Seder Celebrates Passover in the Humanistic Tradition 

UPDATE: Due to the current health crisis, Or Emet’s Passover Seder will be an online event using the Zoom online meeting platform.  Attendees must register in order to attend the meeting. If interested in attending, email president@oremet.org.

The following in-person event has been cancelled:  On April 11, 2020 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, Or Emet’s Passover Seder will be held at The First Unitarian Society, 900 Mt. Curve Avenue, Mpls, MN 55403

Or Emet’s Seder celebrates Passover with a Humanistic Jewish service led by Eva Cohen, Rabbinic Candidate and Ritual Leader. We read from a Humanist Haggadah, which includes both the legendary tale of the exodus from Egypt and modern Jewish exodus stories. Children from the Jewish Cultural School, adults and families all share in the festivities.

Or Emet members and visitors are invited to join us for a catered meal of traditional Passover foods, roast turkey, and vegetarian alternatives. Attendees can volunteer to bring beverages and/or desserts to accompany the catered dishes.

Suggested fees for members: children <5 free, children 5-13 years $10, adults $15, family maximum $50.

Suggested fees for non-members: children <5 free, children 5-13 years $15, adults $25,  family maximum $75.

Reservations are open from March 21 – April 3  or until at capacity. Reservations are required and members receive priority. If interested in attending, email seder@oremet.org or call 612-787-7812 during the reservation period.

We depend on people pitching in to help since this event is planned, organized, and staffed by volunteers. Please sign-up to help with tasks such as welcoming, arranging table place settings, helping with food, and cleanup.

We look forward to celebrating Passover with you!

Adult Program with special Purim celebration

On March 8 at 10:00 am, Or Emet’s program will be about Jewish LGBTQ+ identity, including historical and contemporary issues and how to be an advocate.

A Purim celebration will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This year, as a special Purim treat, Or Emet will host a performance by the Eisner Klezmorim presenting a rendition of Megillah, with costumes, live music, storytelling, groggers, dancing, singing, laughter, and of course, hamantashen. There will also be an abridged offering of carnival activities.

Or Emet 2019/5780 High Holiday Services and Events

The High Holidays open the Jewish year with the most important message of Jewish history: human dignity is not the gift of destiny; it is a human achievement requiring courage and self-reliance. We assess our behavior during the past year and affirm the possibilities for change, improvement and happiness. Only human will and intelligence can tame the environment, making it less terrifying and conducive to happiness. While some things are beyond our control, others may be conquerable requiring courage and self-reliance.

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, September 29 at 7 pm

Tashlich Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 30 at 10:30 am (at a member home). Potluck lunch after the service. Reservations are required. Visitors may attend with prior arrangement – contact highholidays@oremet.org.

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, October 8 at 7 pm

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 9 at 4 pm

Break-the-fast at conclusion of the Yom Kippur service. A light dairy break-fast will be provided by Or Emet. Reservations are required. The break-fast is for members and visitors with prior arrangement. The charge for break-fast food will be. $10 for adults over 13 years, free for children under 13 years.

All events (except Tashlich) are at Sabes JCC 4330 Cedar Lake Rd South, St. Louis Park 55416

Reservations are required for Tashlich, Break-Fast, and child care (available during Rosh Hashanah, Kol Nidre, and Yom Kippur services). Email highholidays@oremet.org to make reservations or questions.