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

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