A Musical Shabbat featuring a performance by Les Block and Heidi Ziman – April 20, 2018

A Musical Tribute to George Gershwin: Featuring Songs of Gershwin and His Friends by Les Block, Pianist and Producer with Heidi Ziman, Singer

Les Block has produced musical shows honoring Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and  Irving Berlin. Les has interviewed music legends for a radio program  tribute to Johnny Mercer.  He currently sings and plays piano at cabaret evenings and performs with singing  partner Heidi Ziman for residents of retirement and nursing homes. 

Singer  Heidi Ziman is a performer’s performer, bringing stunning energy and mischievous humor to her work.  She is also a cabaret artist who loves to perform in intimate settings where she can have strong rapport with her audience.

Les and Heidi have performed many times for Or Emet with shows featuring Jewish contributions to the great American songbook. In this program, they will show how George Gershwin made major contributions through his own compositions and also through his generous support of other great songwriters.

A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the program, which is free and open to the public. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow. Donations are especially welcome.

April 20, 2018 – 7:30 pm at Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park


Or Emet Passover Seder – March 31, 2018

Or Emet Seder Celebrates Passover in the Humanistic Tradition 

On March 31 at 5-8 pm, Or Emet’s potluck 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 meal of traditional Passover foods, roast turkey, and vegetarian alternatives. Everyone contributes to the potluck. Since Passover originated as an agricultural festival of unleavened bread and later a celebration of freedom and renewal, we request only unleavened food contributions.

Registration is March 14 until March 28 (or until maximum number is reached). Reservations are required, capacity is limited, and members receive priority. If interested in attending, send email with contact information to seder@oremet.org.

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

Recommended Fees

Members – $10 per family $5 for individual attendees; Visitors – $15 for adults/teens; $10 for children 5-13 yrs; free for children under 5 years; $50 family maximum. Additional donations are welcome!

For questions, contact seder@oremet.org.

We look forward to celebrating Passover with you!

Or Emet Hanukkah Party – December 16, 2017

Join us for a Hanukkah Party on Saturday, December 12, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Wellstone Center’s Neighborhood House (179 Robie St East, St. Paul, MN 55107). The evening will include a light potluck meal featuring potato latkes, a Hanukkah blessing, and candle-lighting. Along with special entertainment by children in Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural School we will have dreidels, gelt, and music.

➢Mitten Menorah
Bring mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, warm socks and other winter wear to hang on the Menorah. Items will be collected for a local organization serving low income children.

No fees are collected. Everyone contributes to the potluck and is encouraged to help with the party.

Space is limited and reservations are required from December 1st until December 13th. If interested in attending, please email signup@oremet.org.

Or Emet 2017 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. 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.

Erev Rosh Hashanah – Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm

Tashlich Rosh Hashanah – Thursday, September 21 at 10:30 am (at a member home). Reservations are required. If interested in attending, contact highholidays@oremet.org.

Kol Nidre – Friday, September 29 at 7 pm

Yom Kippur – Saturday, September 30 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 by September 25. RSVP at breakfast.oremet.org. Suggested donations are: $5 adults, $3, free for children 3-13 years old.

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

Reservations are required for Tashlich and Break-Fast. For late reservations and/or for further information email highholidays@oremet.org.

July 29, 2019
August 3, 2019
  • Family Havdalah with campfire, brief service/program, potluck, games
    Time: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
August 7, 2019
  • Executive Committee Meeting
    Time: 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
August 24, 2019
  • St Stephen's Shelter dinner provided by Or Emet volunteers
    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm