Or Emet to Host Program on Understanding Between Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Muslims

On Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon, Or Emet will host a presentation by Fred Schlomka, CEO of the Green Olive Collective, a social enterprise and collective of Israelis and Palestinians working together for a just peace. The organization advocates for progressive change through tours and special events, both on the ground and online.

The program will be at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Register in advance here.

Schlomka, whose family originated in Palestine, has had a career in the business world and nonprofit organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. He established Green Olive Tours in 2007 and became CEO of the Green Olive Collective in 2013. 

After growing up in Scotland and living in the U.S. for many years, Schlomka’s passion for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine led him to move there in 2000 with his family. For his complete bio, please see his online profile.

The Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public and meet concurrently with the Jewish Cultural School. Everyone is required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. 

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 School, contact JCS director Arty Dorman at school-1@oremet.org

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

Or Emet to host program on the evolving state of American Jews

On Sunday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m.-noon, longtime Or Emet members Barry Cohen, Allan Malkis and Howard Schneider, retired sociologists with applied research backgrounds, will discuss changes and trends in Jewish demographics, practices and beliefs with important implications for Or Emet and the Minnesota Jewish community. 

The program will be at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Register in advance here

Cohen has had a 50-year career as an academic, planner and researcher for government agencies, foundations and nonprofits. He is currently a senior consultant to the New Impact Fund.

Malkis is a lifelong learner of Jewish history who has co-presented a Jewish history course and given a number of lectures to Or Emet on various subjects. He is a retired social researcher last employed by Ramsey County Human Services. 

Schneider was a New Yorker until moving to Minnesota for graduate school. He has since lived in various areas around the Twin Cities. He retired after 40-plus years of research and planning for nonprofit and county government agencies.

The Sunday adult programs are free and open to the public and meet concurrently with the Jewish Cultural School. Everyone is required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours. 

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 School, contact JCS director Arty Dorman at school-1@oremet.org

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

(Photo illustration credit: Pew Research Center)

Or Emet to host program on Jewish protest music

Or Emet, the Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, begins its 2021 Shabbat programming at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 South Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance.

Or Emet member Richard Logan will present “Jewish Protest Music in America and Abroad.” The program will include songs written and/or sung by Jewish people, and a song or two where Jews are the subject. Since this topic is so rich in material, the program will encourage discussion and suggestions. Logan is a past-president of Or Emet and the Society for Humanistic Judaism and a retired professor of human development.

Or Emet ritual leader and rabbinic candidate Eva Cohen will lead a short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service preceding the program, which is free and open to the public. 

Please note: All attendees must wear a mask in all areas of the JCC and will be asked for proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Please bring written verification with you. Plans are subject to change based on CDC and state guidelines.

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 welcome@oremet.org or visit oremet.org

Or Emet to host program on 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? Or Emet member Rachel Wexelbaum will kick off the 2021-22 Sunday programming season with her research and facilitated discussion on the origins of Ashkenazi Jews. The program will run from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 768 Hamline Ave. South in St. Paul. 

Please note: All attendees will be asked to wear masks 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. 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 School. 

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 School, contact JCS director Arty Dorman at school-1@oremet.org

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

Or Emet’s High Holiday Plans Have Changed

In response to changing COVID circumstances, Or Emet has adjusted its programming for the 2021 High Holidays. With the goal of balancing the health and safety of our attendees with the desire to come together in person, our mix of virtual and face-to-face events has changed. The following programs will be led by Or Emet rabbinic candidate Eva Cohen:

When registering, please indicate which programs you would like to attend.

Yom Kippur services will be at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 South Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park (directions: http://www.sabesjcc.org/directions.php) and over Zoom. Or Emet requires everyone attending services to mask and maintain social distance in all indoor areas of the JCC for the protection of children and others who are vulnerable. Please note: Plans are subject to change based on CDC and state guidelines.

Following the Yom Kippur service, a break-fast meal will be served outdoors under a tent on JCC property. (Registration required

In keeping with High Holiday tradition, Or Emet welcomes nonperishable donations at all services.

For more information about Or Emet’s High Holiday services, including registration for Zoom, Tashlich and the Yom Kippur break-fast, email highholidays@oremet.org. For general information about Or Emet, email  info@oremet.org or visit oremet.org.