Important Updates
Romemu will be taking a "Summer Shmita" during the month of July. There will be reduced programming and office hours.
Click here to read the recent message sent to the community.
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. Starting next week ALL programs will 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 .
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, June 26
5:00 PM  Sha'Baby register here 6:00 PM  Candle Lighting with Friends (no registration required) click here for Zoom access | 6:30 PM  Kabbalat Shabbat Services register here

Saturday, June 27
9:00 AM  Open Book   Torah Study |  10:00 AM Shabbat Morning Services &
B Mitzvah of Abraham Stillman

Couldn't make services last week?
All Shabbat recordings are available to view by clicking here
"From Fear to Truth"
Last Week's Sermon from Rabbi David Ingber
Fear is so overwhelmingly part of the human condition that our tradition reminds us again and again not to give in to fear. But we’re hardwired, hardwired to protect our vulnerability, and no matter how many times we’re reminded not to be afraid, we are ruled by fear. One powerful defense that we employ to protect ourselves from what is frightening is to deny the reality that is before us. In chapter 14 of numbers, part of our sacred portion for this week, we read the story of God commissioning spies to go on a mission to scout out the promised land. Ten out of 12 spies come back and speak ill of the land, saying that the people would not be able to enter the land because of the giants that will overpower and destroy them. They discourage an entire people by telling them “we can't do it”.  The 18th century Kabbalist, Moshe Chaim Luzzato, tells us that these spies, these princes of their people, deny the truth of the divine promise, the truth of “we can” because they were afraid of being supplanted in the new land, afraid of having to give up their own privilege. They were willing to sacrifice an entire generation because they wanted to cling to their own power and status. Rabbi Ingber concludes with this call to action: on this weekend of Pride and this day of Juneteenth, this day commemorating emancipation, let internalize these lessons regarding holding on to privilege and the unwillingness to speak truth. May we march in the streets, may we protest in alliance with people of color in this country until the promise of the dignity of each one of us being created in the image of God is made manifest.

Each week during Kabbalat Shabbat services, the Romemu community comes together in prayer, song and poetry. Click here to read last week's community created poem.
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 a few 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 Check-In, with Romemu Staff & Clergy 
M-Th Weekdays, 5-5:40 PM
Now more than ever, we need a spiritual connection and community. Even with physical separation, we can gather and check-in with one another. Bring a candle, bring your presence, bring your voice and your listening. We will start promptly at 5:00 pm and go until 5:40. Come early to shmooze and hangout, and receive support with your technology. Led by Romemu Staff & Clergy.

"Romemu's 5 o'clock check-ins have become an oasis for my soul. It's a place where I can bring all of me, and where I feel not only supported but nourished. I highly recommend these half-hours to anyone who wants to take a break from the stresses of the day and feel the comfort of our loving, spiritual community." - Romemu Member


Support Group for Romemu Health Care Providers and their Loved Ones
Next Session 6/28
Sundays, 5:00 - 6:15 PM
We are living through an unprecedented time of medical and psychological crises as we battle the COVID-19 virus. At the front line of this effort are you, our health care professionals. You care for us all under conditions of enormous stress and risk. Join Romemu members licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Diane Burhenne and Rabbi Elyse Frishman for this private support group, designed to offer care for the caregivers and their loved ones during this challenging time.

To register and receive the Zoom link please send an email to either:
Diane Burhenne, dpburhenne.ruach@gmail.com
Rabbi Elyse Frishman  elyse.yadbyad@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 !
Seekers Holistic Hebrew School
Fall Registration Now Open
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 .
Membership Drive
Renew or Join Romemu
Over 200  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 join or renew. Please reach out to  membership@romemu.org  for any other questions.
Hazzan Basya Schechter in Conversation
Taking Note | Conversations About Music In Challenging Times with H azzan Basya Schechter and Matthew Lazar
Sunday, June 28 at 4 pm EDT
Join Romemu's very own H azzan Basya Schechter and Zamir Choral's Founder and Director, Matthew Lazar, in conversation about how music plays an integral part of our lives in challenging times.

To register for the conversation, live on Zoom,  please click here .
June Virtual Campus Schedule
PRAYER

Morning Minyan with Rabbi Mira Rivera
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. 


Shabbat Candle Lighting (with Community Members)
Fridays, 6:00-6:20 PM
With much love, we invite us all to welcome Shabbat together with kindling of lights, Kiddush, sweet song and breath of light. Have your candles and kiddish cup ready — or share ours virtually. Looking forward to celebrating together! Led by and for Romemu members.


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
Mon -Thur at 4:00 PM | Click here for Zoom meeting link 
Fridays at 11:00 AM | Click here for Zoom meeting link 
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.

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

The Sky Within
Next Session 6/25
Thursdays, Select Dates, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
This class brings together the teachings of Rosh Chodesh, Astrology and Mussar. Participants work directly with their own astrological charts and are encouraged to set intentions to maximize the potent new moon period. Text study, journal writing, and work in groups and chevruta (partnerships) are also encouraged. Each class begins with a sharing of our Mussar practice with the prior month’s middah (trait). This is a drop in class.
With Alina Bloomgarden and Caren Fried

Please email skyinthewell@gmail.com to register. Include your birthdate, time and location to have your chart prepared for class.

Falling in Love with the Beloved
Next Session 6/28
Sundays (Select Dates) | Cohort 1, 3:00-6:00 PM | Cohort 2, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Come join the great legacy of mystics as we open to loving the Beloved! We are called to love God with all our heart, soul and strength. How do we open to this deep command and begin to taste the Divine Nectar of this transformational relationship? In this experiential class we hold sacred space for intimate sharing, deep listening, journaling, artmaking, meditation and reflection. Each participant will receive their own pasuk (verse of Torah) to live with as intimate friend and teacher for the year. This class meets once a month for the whole year. All are welcome.  With Nili Weissman

Newcomers to the Journey must speak with Nili prior to joining at nweissman@live.com
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 Alizarivka@romemu.org

Click here to read about Rabbi Mira Rivera and other clergy around the country weighing in on the aftermath of George Floyd.
YOUTH & FAMILY
For a complete listing of Romemu's Youth & Family online programs click here.
Sha’Baby: Children’s Service with Tkiya 
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.

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.
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!

Resources

COVID-19: The Risks- Know Them - Avoid Them
https://erinbromage.wixsite.com/covid19/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them

Reminder:If your NYC public school student needs a device for remote learning, visit   https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevice

Food Resources:  Individuals who experience food insecurity may need to prepare for quarantine or shutdowns. They should consider going to a digital pantry or ordering food to be delivered. Education is also important – you do not need to be a citizen to receive services at a food bank. 
 
HFLS Interest-Free Bridge Loans:  Hebrew Free Loan Society is offering interest-free bridge loans for anyone affected by the coronavirus who lives in the five boroughs of New York City, in Westchester County, or on Long Island. Interest-free loans of $2,000-$5,000 are available for purposes including (but not limited to) lost wages due to being unable to go to work, childcare costs due to school closures, small business losses, canceled study abroad programs, related medical costs. Find more information  here  and please share with anyone in your communities who may be affected. 

Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis
If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.

Virtual Resources for Families:  In an effort to support families with young children who are quarantined or selecting to do less socializing through playdates or community classes, UJA-Federation of NY, PJ Library, the Foundation for Jewish Camp and The Jewish Education Project have come together to aggregate a collection of high-quality Jewish activities and content that families can engage in together at home:  https://pjlibrary.org/familyactivities  

Remote Learning Device from NYC The Department of Education | Click here
 
Stress Reduction:  The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering opportunities for anyone who is looking for some moments of calm, centeredness, and clarity. In addition to the free resources available, individuals can access online courses at a discounted rate with code UJA-NY. You can find more information here:  https://www.jewishspirituality.org/get-started/resources-for-challenging-times/  

Information and Links to Other Resources
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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