On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10-11:30 a.m., Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a presentation titled “Rod Serling: The Art and Philosophy of a Humanist.” The events will take place at the Minnesota JCC Sabes Center Minneapolis, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis. A social time will follow the program.

Rod Serling

Rod Serling

The service will be led by Eva Cohen, Or Emet’s ritual leader and a Humanistic rabbi-in-training. Following the service, Or Emet member Diane Wanner will discuss Rod Serling, an American scriptwriter, television producer, radio host and narrator who publicly stated that it was the duty of writers to explore relevant and socially significant content in their work. 

Serling was born to Jewish parents, became a Unitarian and wove his humanistic philosophy throughout his work, including the well-known television series “The Twilight Zone.” Wanner’s presentation will examine the moral and political themes of Serling’s fiction. 

Those who cannot attend in person may join over Zoom. Please register in advance here. In-person 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’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. 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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