On Sunday, Dec. 11, Or Emet will host a presentation by Judson (Kim) Bemis, founder and executive director of Gobi Support Inc., an online drug and alcohol early intervention program for teens and their families.

Judson (Kim) Bemis

Judson (Kim) Bemis

The program will run 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

Marijuana legalization is a hot topic today. Bemis will talk about his personal struggle with cannabis use disorder, what Minnesota just legalized and why commercializing cannabis may not be the solution.

Bemis began his work in the field of addiction recovery in 2005, first as national director of development for the Hazelden Foundation and then as executive director of Hazelden’s online business opportunities. He has served on more than a dozen for-profit and nonprofit boards and currently serves as co-chair of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Minnesota.

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.

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