Or Emet to host Shabbat service and program on Youth in Government, Model U.N.

On Friday, Nov. 18, from 7:30-9 p.m., Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a program titled “Youth in Government and the Model U.N. Programs: Setting the Stage for Civic Engagement.” The evening’s events will take place at the Minnesota JCC Sabes Center Minneapolis, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis. A social time will follow the program.

Students from the YMCA Center for Youth Voice in Minneapolis

Students from the YMCA Center for Youth Voice in Minneapolis will speak about the Youth in Government and Model U.N. programs.

The service will be led by Eva Cohen, Or Emet’s ritual leader and a Humanistic rabbi-in-training. Following the service, students from the YMCA Center for Youth Voice in Minneapolis will talk about the Youth in Government (YIG) and Model U.N. (MUN) programs. Michael Wall, outreach manager for the Center for Youth Voice, will be in attendance as well.

YIG and MUN are opportunities for secondary students to learn how state and world governments work, improve presentation skills, master persuasion and compromise, and meet students from around the state. Participants in the programs are better prepared and inspired to advocate for changes in issues and policies that matter to them. 

Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here. In-person attendees must wear a mask indoors and are expected to be up to date on vaccinations or have a same-day negative COVID test.

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 to host program on visitor experiences at dark tourism sites

On Sunday, Nov. 13, Or Emet members Michal Moskow and Scott Chazdon will present “Illuminating Darkness: Visitor Experiences at Dark Tourism Sites” from 10 a.m.-noon at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. A social time will follow the program. 

Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here

The site of the police killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. (Photo credit: Scott Chazdon)

The site of the police killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. (Photo credit: Scott Chazdon)

Dark tourism is defined as visits to places where traumatic events have occurred, and it can be informative, personally meaningful or emotionally healing. But dark tourism can send distorted or inauthentic messages about the past. For this reason, thoughtful curation of dark tourism experiences is crucial. 

This presentation will explore and contrast visitor experiences from three dark tourism sites: a site in Mankato, Minnesota, of a mass lynching of 38 Dakota Indians in 1862, Holocaust sites in Germany and Eastern Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and the site of the police killing of George Floyd in South Minneapolis. 

Moskow is a professor emerita at Metropolitan State University who also is rostered at the University of Gothenburg. Her major areas include social linguistics and human rights. Chazdon is a sociologist and program evaluator for University of Minnesota Extension. He served as president of Or Emet from 2018-2021.

The Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public and meet concurrently with the Jewish Cultural Sunday School. 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.

Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective.

For information about Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School, contact JCSS director Molly Phipps at school-1@oremet.org. For information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.

Shabbat program to focus on midterm elections in Minnesota and the U.S.

On Friday, Oct. 28, from 7:30-9 p.m., Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a program about the upcoming midterm elections. The evening’s events will take place 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. 

David Schultz

David Schultz

Following the service, David Schultz, a professor at Hamline University and the University of Minnesota Law School, will present “What’s at Stake for the Midterm Elections in Minnesota and the Nation?” The 2022 elections may well be the most consequential in American history and decide the trajectory of the future of American democracy. Schultz’s talk will examine what is at stake in the 2022 elections, as well as the forces that will shape it and what the results may mean. A social time will follow the program. 

Schultz is a distinguished university professor in the departments of political science, environmental studies and legal studies at Hamline University and a professor of law at the University of Minnesota. He is a three-time Fulbright scholar who has taught extensively in Europe and Asia, and is the winner of the Leslie A. Whittington national award for excellence in public affairs teaching, 

The author of numerous books and articles, Schultz is regularly interviewed and quoted in the local, national and international media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist and National Public Radio.

Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here. In-person attendees must wear a mask indoors and are expected to be up to date on vaccinations or have a same-day negative COVID test.

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 to host program on the origins of Ashkenaz

As inspired by Bob Marley, “If you know your history, then you will know where you’re coming from.” The question is … which history? 

Rachel Wexelbaum

Rachel Wexelbaum

On Sunday, Oct. 16, Or Emet member Rachel Wexelbaum will present her research and facilitate a discussion on the origins of Ashkenazi Jews from 10 a.m.-noon at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. A social time will follow the program. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here

Wexelbaum is an independent writer and researcher who focuses on LGBTQ+ and Jewish identities, histories and community building via cultural preservation, activism and Wikimedia projects. With more than 20 years’ experience as an educator, librarian and human rights advocate, she currently works as the education director at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

The Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public and meet concurrently with the Jewish Cultural Sunday School. Please note: 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.

Or Emet is a secular congregation celebrating and honoring Jewish culture, history and values from a humanistic, inclusive perspective.

For information about Or Emet’s Jewish Cultural Sunday School, contact JCSS director Molly Phipps at school-1@oremet.org

For information about Or Emet, email info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.

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.