Immigration Through the Lens of Laws, Documents and Family Stories

On Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10-11:50 a.m., Or Emet will host a Shabbat service followed by a program and social time. The events will take place at the Minnesota JCC Sabes Center Minneapolis, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis. 

The service will be led by Eva Cohen, Or Emet’s ritual leader and a Humanistic rabbi in training. 

After the service, Or Emet member Susan Weinberg will give a presentation on immigration through the lens of laws, documents and family stories. With a focus on the 1900s, she will explore the immigration laws that affected entry as well as the documents created as laws changed that are available to genealogists. 

Juxtaposed with laws and documents are stories of the Jews of the 1900s who came to America. Weinberg’s multimedia presentation will incorporate experiences drawn from an oral history project with Jewish elders. The stories span those who grew up in early immigrant communities, Holocaust survivors who came in the 1940s-50s and immigrants from the former Soviet Union who arrived in the 1970s-90s. 

Weinberg is an artist, author and frequent speaker on genealogy topics. She is president of the Minnesota Jewish Genealogical Society and serves on the board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest.

She developed the Jewish Identity and Legacy Project, an oral history project with elders, then authored the book “We Spoke Jewish: A Legacy in Stories” that includes oral history, artwork and history about three groups of Jewish immigrants who spanned the 1900s. 

Those who cannot attend the program 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, email [email protected] or visit


16th December 2023
10:00 am - 11:50 am
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