Please note: Due to a predicted snowstorm Friday night into Saturday morning, Or Emet’s Shabbat service and program on Saturday, Dec. 11, will be held over Zoom only. Please register in advance. Program details are otherwise the same (see below).


Or Emet continues its fall programming on Saturday, Dec. 11, with a Humanistic Sabbath service, followed by a program on I.L. Peretz and Sholem Aleichem, two literary giants of Yiddish literature. 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.

Lea Kalisch

Lea Kalisch

The program will feature readings (in English) from classic stories by I.L. Peretz and Sholem Aleichem by Lea Kalisch, a professional actress and singer, a veteran of New York’s Yiddish Theater and a recent performer at the Six Points Theater (formerly Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company). Or Emet members Barry Cohen and Molly Wilbur-Cohen also will provide commentary on the life and work of the two most influential authors of Yiddish literature. 

Kalisch, also known as the shtreimel (fur hat) girl, creates multicultural, multilingual art that blends Yiddishkayt with Latino flavor and New York swag. She believes that each of us can embrace multiple cultures and disparate passions. Kalisch, quoting her beloved Yiddish, says “Men ken nisht tantsn af zvey khasenes mit eyn tukhes!” which translates to “You can’t dance at two weddings with one butt,” but Kalisch can, or at least she tries.

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.

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 or visit

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