Or Emet Sukkot Celebration and Fall Festival | Sept 30 | St. Paul Jewish Community Center

Come early for Or Emet’s 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Sukkot celebration which includes a humanistic Sukkot service, readings, music, and food. Stop by the Or Emet Sukkot service and find out what we’re about, then stay for the rest of the day’s celebratory events.

After Or Emet’s celebration join the JCC’s Fall Festival from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. This festival is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. The JCC’s Fall Festival features music, children’s activities, food trucks, and tours of the remodeled St. Paul JCC. Representatives from a variety of Twin Cities Jewish organizations will staff informations booths.

Double Anniversaries: A Celebratory Weekend with Paul Golin October 11-14

During this special October weekend, Or Emet will be remembering our roots and celebrating our successes. We have been affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ) for thirty years, Humanistic Judaism is celebrating fifty years, and we are delighted that Paul Golin, Executive Director of SHJ will be the featured speaker at several presentations and events. For nearly two decades, Paul Golin has helped Jewish organizations and movements better understand the key trends affecting North American Jewry, including intermarriage, engagement, disaffiliation, and inclusion.

While Paul is here, members will celebrate Or Emet’s 30th anniversary with special recognitions for Dr. Harold Londer, Or Emet’s first Madrikh and co-founder, as well as Lionel Davis, pianist through 2011 and continuing as recorder soloist. Additional toasts will be offered to Or Emet volunteers in SHJ level positions and to our ritual leadership team.

Paul Golin will deliver three presentations that are free and open to all:

Thursday, October 11
How Do We Envision and Build a Thriving Humanistic/Secular Future
  7:00 pm First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis

Polls show an increasing percentage of Americans leaving traditional religion. So why does it feel like our nation is becoming a religious theocracy? The fundamentalists have a clear vision for a “Christian America.” What is our vision for a positive secular society? Join a panel of leaders for an interactive conversation exploring visions of a future in which many more Americans will identify as humanistic/secular/ freethinker/ atheist/agnostic/none. 

Panelists Moderator: Paul Golin; Rev. David Breeden, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis ; Audrey Kingstrom, President, Humanists of Minnesota; Eva Cohen, Ritual Leader and Rabbinic Candidate, Or Emet: MN Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

Friday, October 12

Religion Out of Government! Jews for a Secular Democracy   7:30 pm Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park

The surest safeguard of all U.S. citizens’ rights is a government neutral to religion including those with no religion. Jews have a unique role in this effort. Jews for a Secular Democracy is a new, pluralistic initiative for Jews, friends and family, who are deeply concerned about the growing influence of religious fundamentalism on government policy-making. 

Moderator: Paul Golin, program lead on Jews for a Secular Democracy; Panelist: David Schultz, constitutional lawyer and Professor, Department of Political Science, Hamline University 

They will discuss the unique role we have in defending the First Amendment’s separation of church and state.

Sunday, October 14

The Light Within Us: What Humanistic Jews Want Their Children to Know About Being Jewish

10:00 am to 12:30 pm at St. Paul Talmud Torah — (program is concurrent with Jewish Cultural School)

How is Secular and Humanistic Jewish education different from traditional Jewish education? Paul Golin will lead a discussion about secular Jewish vs. traditional Jewish education, drawing on participant experiences with their own religious educations (or lack thereof) as well as the experiences of their children. We’ll talk about the goals of education as a means to build our children’s ethical foundations, critical-thinking skills, and as a way to understand where they fit into the broad sweep of Jewish history.

On Saturday evening, October 13, Or Emet members will celebrate many organizational milestones (location TBA), with Paul as a special guest. Following a Havdalah service, we will have a potluck dinner to commemorate Or Emet’s 30th  anniversary, talk about plans for the April 2019 festivities in Michigan to honor SHJ’s 50th anniversary as well as toasts to Harold Londer, Lionel Davis, and Or Emet’s ritual leaders along with SHJ leadership for their many contributions to the Or Emet community.

Or Emet 2018 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 – Sunday, September 9 at 7 pm

Tashlich Rosh Hashanah – Monday, September 10 at 10:30 am (at a member home). Potluck lunch after the service. This is a member event; reservations are required by September 9. Visitors may attend with prior arrangement – contact highholidays@oremet.org.

Kol Nidre – Tuesday, September 18 at 7 pm

Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 19 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 15. The break-fast is for members and visitors with prior arrangement. Suggested donations to defray cost of food: $5 adults, $3, free for children 3-13 years old – exact change or check, please.

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.

Annual meeting and potluck picnic June 3, 2018

The day begins at 10:00 am with a group song before children are dismissed to attend Jewish Cultural school classes.

Or Emet’s annual business meeting and elections will be from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

At 12:30, immediately after the meeting concludes, the picnic kicks off until approximately 2:30 pm.

Families are invited to enjoy the picnic and Talmud Torah’s playground/playfields. Tables will be available or you could bring blankets to spread out on the grass. In the event of rain we’ll picnic in the Talmud Torah gym.

This is an entirely volunteer event so we depend on people pitching in to help! When reserving for the picnic, you can sign up to help with a variety of tasks including setting up/taking down picnic tables (onto Talmud Torah’s grounds/returning to the building).

Members and interested visitors are welcome to attend the annual meeting. Online picnic reservations can be made at picnic.oremet.org. There is no deadline for reservations.

The day’s events will be at Talmud Torah of St. Paul
768 Hamline Ave South, St. Paul 55116 — click for a map https://goo.gl/maps/8HZxNwaUWaD2