All welcome to join Or Emet’s 2022 High Holiday services 

Or Emet is celebrating this year’s High Holidays with services at the Minnesota JCC Sabes Center Minneapolis, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, along with the option to participate over Zoom. All services will be held in a large event space to allow for physical distancing.

Or Emet invites everyone to share in our High Holiday services. We are a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective. You can join us for Rosh Hashanah, Tashlich, Kol Nidre or Yom Kippur services, emphasizing the history and culture of the Jewish people and the values of each celebration.

The following programs will be led by Or Emet ritual leader and rabbinic candidate Eva Cohen:

All attendees must wear a mask indoors and are expected to be up to date on vaccinations or have a same-day negative COVID test.

In keeping with High Holiday tradition, Or Emet welcomes donations of nonperishable food and personal hygiene items to be shared with a local community center.

For more information about Or Emet’s High Holiday services, email highholidays@oremet.org. For general information about Or Emet, email  info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.

Program to highlight oral histories of Or Emet’s early members

Or Emet will host a program titled “Or Emet 101: Interviews with Founding and Long-Term Members” from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. The program will be led by Scott Chazdon, an Or Emet member who served as president of the congregation from 2018-2021.

In 2019, Or Emet received a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to conduct oral history interviews with founding and long-term members. During the past two years, a team of Or Emet members conducted 14 interviews, mostly over Zoom. The group compiled a one-hour video with excerpts from these interviews. 

During this session, attendees will watch the video, pausing to discuss four core themes: forming a Jewish identity, early beliefs about God, discovery of Humanistic Judaism and “Or Emet has never had an edifice complex,” as well as ideas for next steps with this oral history work. A social time will follow the program.

Everyone is required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here

Or Emet’s Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public, and meet concurrently with Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School. Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective. 

Or Emet’s events and programs may change per CDC and state guidelines during the pandemic. All updates and changes will be posted in Or Emet’s events calendar. For information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org

Shabbat program to focus on the power of Jewish stories

Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a program about Jewish storytelling and the legend of the Lamed Vavnik from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Minnesota JCC Sabes Center Minneapolis, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis. The service will be led by Eva Cohen, Or Emet’s ritual leader and a Humanistic rabbi-in-training.

Faith Oremland

Faith Oremland

After the service, Faith Oremland, a Twin Cities storyteller and longtime member of Or Emet, will address questions such as: Can stories change the world? Is the legend of the Lamed Vavnik true and are you a Lamed Vavnik? What was Isaac Bashevis Singer thinking when he wrote “Gimpel the Fool”? Please join us for a lively discussion! A social time will follow the program.

All attendees must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here

Or Emet’s events and programs may change per CDC and state guidelines during the pandemic. All updates and changes will be posted in Or Emet’s events calendar.

Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective. For more information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.

Or Emet cheers on the Saints!

A group of 24 Or Emet members enjoyed their time together while cheering on the St. Paul Saints June 12 at CHS Field in St. Paul. The Saints won their game against the Rochester Red Wings, 5-1, and the beautiful weather was an added bonus. Many thanks to those who planned and participated in this fun event!

Or Emet members at Saints game 2022

 

Program to focus on carbon reduction and clean energy solutions

On Friday, May 20, Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a program highlighting Fresh Energy’s work in Minnesota. The service, led by Eva Cohen, Or Emet’s ritual leader and a Humanistic rabbi-in-training, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Barry Family Campus of the Minnesota JCC, 4330 South Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park. 

J. Drake Hamilton

J. Drake Hamilton

Following the service, J. Drake Hamilton, senior director of science policy for Fresh Energy, will give a presentation about how the organization is working toward carbon reduction and development of clean energy solutions in the state. Fresh Energy’s mission is to shape and drive bold policy solutions for achieving equitable, carbon-neutral economies. Their vision is a just, prosperous and resilient clean energy future where all can thrive. 

Hamilton is an expert in climate and energy policy at the state and national levels. Her responsibilities include advancing clean energy solutions to global warming that will maximize economic opportunities. She has represented Fresh Energy at six global climate summits. 

In 2021 she spent three weeks at the Glasgow, Scotland, climate summit, where she addressed two global audiences along with five Midwesterners. She appears frequently in the media, including television, Minnesota Public Radio, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

All attendees must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here

Or Emet’s events and programs may change per CDC and state guidelines during the pandemic. All updates and changes will be posted in Or Emet’s events calendar.

Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective. For more information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.