On Saturday, Jan. 8, Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a presentation on the work by an interfaith coalition to ensure that diverse world religions be included in Minnesota’s school social studies standards.

The service, led by Eva Cohen, Or Emet’s ritual leader and a Humanistic rabbi-in-training, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 South Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park. 

Ethan Roberts

Following the service, Ethan Roberts, director of government affairs for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Minnesota and the Dakotas, will discuss the work by the JCRC and its interfaith partners to ensure that Minnesota’s full religious diversity, including Judaism, be included in the state’s social studies standards and benchmarks for middle school and high school students. 

According to the JCRC website, the council is “very concerned that without the inclusion of specific world religions in the standards, world religions will be inadequately taught in classrooms and members of faiths whose religions have historically been marginalized, erased or ignored by society will continue to be unseen and discounted.”

All attendees must wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test. Plans are subject to change based on CDC and state guidelines. Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here.

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

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