Important Updates
SUMMER SHMITA | REDUCED OFFICE HOURS
The Romemu offices will be closed weekly on Mondays through August. The following offerings will continue under Romemu lay-leadership and community members. Please reach out to the contact listed below for August schedule and zoom access .

HELP US KEEP OUR ZOOM ROOM SAFE - NEW VOLUNTEER ROLE!
Do you enjoy attending our programs? Consider becoming a Virtual Shomer Volunteer. As security needs grow, we need support to keep our zoom rooms safe from zoom bombers. Can you support? Email  alizarivka@romemu.org  and we will invite you to a training session.

HOUSING NEEDED
We desperately need your help. One of our maintenance staff members will not have a place to live at the end of the summer.  He and his three-year-old daughter lost their living space in June.  A Romemu clergy member generously gave them an apartment for the summer.  But they will need a place to live, starting in September.  Can you help us find them an affordable room to rent?  Any space will do. A room in your apartment, an apartment share with students, elderly people who could use help around the house, dog walking, cleaning, house sitting.  Please help. This is a terrible time to be without a home.

If you have a lead on potential housing, please contact natalia@romemu.org .
This Shabbat
Click here for a complete calendar overview. All Services & Programming will be available via Zoom and/or Facebook Live. REGISTRATION FOR SHABBAT SERVICES IS FREE BUT REQUIRED.

Friday, July 31
5:00 PM  Sha'Baby register here | 6:30 PM  Bridging the Boroughs Kabbalat Shabbat Services register here

Saturday, August 1
9:00 AM  Open Book   Torah Study |  10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services

Join the Romemu h evra at 12:30pm after Shabbat morning services on Saturday, August 1st as we honor the  shloshim  of Evelyn Goodman (of blessed memory).
Click here  for Zoom Access | RSVP to   Mira@romemu.org  


Couldn't make services last week?
All Shabbat recordings are available to view by clicking here
Here For You in this Difficult & Uncertain Time
We recognize the physical, emotional, and spiritual strain that so many of us are experiencing. Here are some resources within Romemu:

Pastoral Help from Romemu Clergy & Members
Do you need help with groceries/meals/errands? Can you offer to help with that?
Please contact hesed@romemu.org

Do you want to connect with a clergy member? Are you or a family member sick and want private support to be listed on our public refuah shleyma (healing) list at services? Are you or a family member sick and want private support/prayer from clergy?
Please contact Rabbi Mira Rivera, mira@romemu.org

Community Bulletin
During this difficult period it is the perfect time to rely on each other. We are compelled to rely more and more on each other for support, resources, and for help in all kinds of ways. In order to help facilitate the many requests we get to share information with the Romemu community we have launched a Community Bulletin.

Do you have something you need? Do you have something to offer? Have something you’d like to announce to the community? Go to this form. We will be updating the website weekly with new posts. Visit www.romemu.org/communitybulletin to see the latest postings.

Have Questions? Email communitybulletin@romemu.org
This forum is meant to be community driven and does not imply endorsement or promotion by Romemu. Please note this is only open to Romemu Members. 
ROMEMU EMERGENCY FUND  While most of our services and programs are free of charge as we have moved online, the overall needs of the community have increased dramatically. We still need your help to sustain those who make our services, programs, pastoral care, and community outreach possible. If you can,   please consider making a tax-deductible contribution   to help support our clergy, staff, musicians, and contract workers during this difficult time.   CLICK HERE TO DONATE !
Membership Drive
Renew or Join Romemu
 Over 270  families have so far renewed their memberships for 2020 or joined Romemu for the first time. Welcome! We are so thrilled and grateful to have you as members.    If you have NOT yet signed up this year, please do so NOW,

Whether you feel at home when you are at Romemu, or feel like you are at Romemu when you are at home, join us, as always, in joyful prayer and community.

 Please click here to join or renew. Please reach out to  membership@romemu.org  for any other questions.
August Virtual Campus Schedule
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NEW REGISTRATION LINKS FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST. MAKE SURE TO REGISTER ACCORDINGLY.

UPDATE ON VIRTUAL PROTOCOLS: In light of recent inappropriate activity on Zoom ("zoom bombings") and in an effort to ensure our spaces remain safe, we have updated the way we are distributing zoom links for our events. All Shabbat services will now require you to fill out a short registration form . Upon completion of the form you will automatically receive the zoom link for the event. ALL programs now require registration. Please note all previous links to services will no longer be active. For questions or zoom tech support please email justin@romemu.org .
PRAYER

Morning Minyan with Rabbi Mira Rivera
Registration Required. Click here for August Registration .
Mon. - Fri. 7:30-8:30 AM with Mourners Kaddish at 8:15
Sunday 8:30-9:30 AM with Mourners Kaddish 9:15 AM
Start the day in prayer with Rabbi Mira Rivera and community. Plug into the power of a morning practice to stay centered during uncertain times. 

Register HereZoom link provided upon registration, Also on Romemu’s Facebook Live

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Registration Required. Click here .
Fridays, @ 6:30-8:30 PM
These inclusive Friday night Shabbat services unite the traditional and the eclectic, and integrate music, chanting, meditation, and movement to nourish the body, mind, and soul.   Click here   t  o access the siddur.

Register HereZoom link provided upon registration, Also on Romemu’s Facebook Live

Shabbat Morning Services
Registration Required. Click here .
Saturdays, 10:00-12:30 PM
Our Saturday morning services, combine soulful, dynamic prayer and a rich, imaginative Torah service that brings the weekly wisdom to life Click here   to access the siddur.

Register Here. Zoom link provided upon registration. Also on  Romemu’s Facebook Live .
LEARNING

Hasidic Masters Series with Rabbi David Ingber
Registration Required. Click here for August Registration .
Tues-Fri @ 1:00 PM
Join Rabbi Ingber as he teaches from the writings of the great Hasidic teachers. We will explore the writings of each master for a month at a time. This month we learn directly from the writings of one of the greatest and most prolific teachers, Rabbi Zadok Rabinowitz, known as the greatest student of the Ishbitzer Rebbe.

Register hereZoom link provided upon registration. Also on Romemu’s Facebook Live

Open Book Torah Study
Registration Required. Click here .
Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM 
Prepare for a deeper, more resonant Torah service by dipping into sacred text study before services begin. Participants will study the parsha (Torah portion) of the week, with commentary, poetry, Hasidic wisdom and more. With Romemu clergy.

Register hereZoom link provided upon registration. Also on Romemu’s Facebook Live
YOUTH & FAMILY
Sha’Baby: Children’s Service with Tkiya 
Registration Required. Click here .
Fridays, 5:00-5:45 PM
Infants, toddlers, parents and grandparents are all welcome to join us for this wonderful way to introduce your little ones to Shabbat. Sha'Baby engages your child’s special energy through song, prayer, dance, and laughter. Facilitated by Carla Friend of Tkiya.

Seekers Holistic Hebrew School is Going Virtual! Fall Registration Now Open
Seekers Holistic Hebrew school is going virtual! That means you can be a Seeker from anywhere. Enroll into our program from wherever your learner is--be it Manhattan, Westchester, Brooklyn, or anywhere else!

If you're ready to sign up, fill out our   Seekers enrollment form   on ShulCloud.
If you have any questions about Seekers or require tuition assistance, please contact Rabbi Elster at  janice@romemu.org .
Interested in Booking a B Mitzvah with Romemu?
At Romemu, we offer a program of study and exploration that creates a meaningful journey for the student and family. We are now booking for 2021 & 2022. 

To learn more about our program or to choose your date,
contact B Mitzvah Coordinator Mika Yaakoba-Zohar at  mika@romemu.org.
SOCIAL ACTION
Commit to helping to create an inclusive, anti-racist Romemu community:
Ending racial injustice is a marathon, not a sprint. Romemu Rabbi Mira Rivera has been deeply involved in the work of racial justice and equity on a local and national level for years. For the last 18 months, Romemu Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman has led an initiative with Romemu lay leaders to deepen their understanding of how personal and systemic racism functions in their lives, in the Romemu community, and in our country. With the help of a grant from the Union Theological Seminary Vision Program we have been working with a specialized consulting firm to assess Romemu’s progress toward creating an inclusive community that is specifically anti-racist. 
 
Romemu will provide ongoing opportunities to the community for growth and reflection on systemic and personal racism, racial bias and inequity.

If you are interested in joining us in this work, please email mira@romemu.org
Community Care
Hashkiveinu
by the Romemu Choir

"Spread over us your sukkah and shelter in place"

Comfort in song, together.
Listen to the voices of Romemu!
WHAT MATTERS IS THERE FOR YOU….
What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life  is an initiative in the Jewish community of New York that highlights the importance of advance care planning. The COVID-19 crisis has brought this process to our doorsteps.  If you would like help in developing an advance care plan, Romemu has trained and certified facilitators to help you with this.  

Please email us at  whatmatters@romemu.org  and one of our team members will be in touch with you.
Thank you to our Holy Callers!
Volunteer to Reach Out & (Virtually) Touch Someone
We want to check in with each one of you, one-on-one, to see how you are doing, listen to how you are feeling, ask for what you need, and accept what you can offer to others.
A huge “Thank You” to all our amazing, holy callers, and to our Yad B’Yad membership and H esed committee leaders for organizing. We need more volunteers. To help call those in need, or to offer assistance in other ways, sign up by CLICKING HERE or email miriam@romemu.org .

12-Step Inspired Group at Romemu
If you are a member of any 12-step program and part of the Romemu community, we invite you to a Jewish,12-step inspired recovery meeting. For more information and for meeting dates and locations, please contact   romemu12steppers@gmail.com.

Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care is a model of spiritual and emotional support in which clergy members support people in their pain, loss, and anxiety, as well as in their joys and blessings. It’s a holistic approach that focuses on guiding, supporting, healing and empowering people to draw upon spiritual resources. It is not psychotherapy and clergy may refer individuals to therapists. Sessions last for 45-50 minutes, are usually limited to three consecutive sessions, and are intended for Romemu members only. Since our clergy acts as a team, any one of our pastoral clergy may meet with you. Please note, the clergy meets weekly as a team to confidentially discuss pastoral cases. Although you will only be meeting with one member of the team, you will have the benefit of the expertise of the whole pastoral team to support you.  
 
To arrange for a Pastoral Care consult, please contact  eleanor@romemu.org
For pastoral emergencies, such as a death in the family, please email emergencies@romemu.org  or call (212) 580-4294, press 1, and leave a message.


H esed Care
During this time we know that there are many needs in our community - spiritual, emotional and physical. We also know that we have many resources amongst us and that while we might not be physically able to gather, we are still “stronger together.”  
 
With that as our principle, the Romemu clergy team partners with community volunteers on the Hesed Committee to provide essential services to community members in need. Such support may include assistance ordering food online or by phone, picking up and delivering medications, and helping obtain any other essential items that cannot be ordered online or delivered by the vendor. 
 
The Hesed Committee relies on community members offering their time and attention to help. During this intense time, we lots of people to volunteer… in fact, everyone who can.  Please sign up as a volunteer (no specific commitment or skills required) by emailing  hesed@romemu.org
 
A huge “Thank You” to all our amazing, holy callers, and to our Yad B’Yad membership and Hesed committee leaders!
How to Access Romemu Online
FACEBOOK LIVE: You DO NOT need a Facebook account to view our Facebook page . Each video will go live at the noted time on the schedule below and will save once it has finished streaming, so you can watch it as many times as you want after it has finished.

ZOOM CONFERENCING: Click on the link listed under each program under each program to join. You do not need a Zoom account to participate through phone, however, if you would like to participate via computer you must first download the Zoom app. For more information on getting Zoom started,  CLICK HERE .

LIVESTREAM: We have moved to Facebook Live and Zoom conferencing. We are no longer using LiveStream.

Please make sure that you’re set up on these platforms so you can take advantage of everything possible. If you need help accessing, installing or understanding any of these technologies and would a Romemu volunteer to guide you, please contact miriam@romemu.org .
Support Romemu
Support our clergy, staff, and contract workers during this difficult time by making a donation. Please click here to make your gift today.
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