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)

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