This Shabbat at Romemu Manhattan
Romemu Campus - Corner of 105 St. & Amsterdam Ave.
RC: Romemu Center | WEPC: West End Presbyterian Church

Friday, February 14
4:00 PM Youth & Family Mishloach Manot Packing (WEPC) | 5:00 PM Seekers Shabbat Dinner (WEPC) | 5:00 PM Sha'Baby (RC) | 5:30 PM  Pre-Prayer Meditation (WEPC)   | | 6:00 PM  Kabbalat Shabbat Services (WEPC)

Saturday, February 15
All Services & Programming will take Place at WEPC
9:00 AM  Open Book   Torah Study |  10:00 AM  Shabbat Morning Services | 11:00 AM  Children's Blessing | 11:15 AM Sha'Boker Tov & Parsha Play
12:30 PM  | Community Kiddush in Celebration of David Yanowitch's B Mitzvah
This Shabbat at Romemu Brooklyn
Berkeley Carroll School, 152 Sterling Place

Friday, February 14
6:30 PM | Kabbalat Shabbat 8:15 PM Valentine's Shabbat Dinner & Mixer
"On the Practice of Facing Impossibility"
Rabbi Cohler-Esses' Sermon
The sacred reading for the week of the Shabbat of Song is all about facing impossibility and going forward. In her sermon, Rabbi Cohler-Esses asks: 
What impossibility have you faced? Are you facing? When does it feel like you just can’t move, can’t go forward? Have a hard time even getting out of bed in the morning? She introduces two figures who face impossibility-- the legendary Nachshon who walks into the sea and Miriam, Moses' older sister, who dances and sings her way with the women of the community into all-male space. In so doing Miriam includes those who were left out-- she dances them into inclusion, transforming the public space into one that became radically inclusive for all genders, for all humans. Rabbi Cohler-Esses calls upon each of us to find our own way of moving through impossibility -- slogging through, walking or even singing and dancing.  

Click here for the written version.
Shabbat of the Child
Romemu Shabbat of the Child is a transformative, first-ever weekend filled with deep learning, sharing, community singing, and exploring how we can advocate for, protect, celebrate and empower children within the Jewish community and beyond.

Join Rabbi David Ingber, Ashar Ben Arieh of the Haruv Institute , and Danielle Pitkoff of Sacred Spaces and the Aleinu Campaign, for a melding of minds, hearts, and souls. You’ll discover how you can make a difference in children’s lives in the American Jewish community and in the Israeli Jewish and Arab communities. This is the first of what we hope will become an annual event.

Friday night Shabbat Dinner and Community Sing:
Celebrating the Child Within  
Fri. 2/28 after Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Lunch & Learn | The Holy Yenta: The Mitzvah of Thoughtful Intervention
Sat. 2/29 @ 12:30 PM

Bagel Brunch & Learn Parenting Workshop | Empowerment: Building your Toolbox of Parenting Techniques 
Sun. 3/1 @ 10:30 AM
The entire weekend is made possible through the generous funding of
Gil Mandelzis and Capitolis.
Coming Up
Torah Tuesday & Beit Midrash Resumes on 2/25
Yael Kanarek, Romemu's Artist-in-Residence | The Regendered Bible Exhibition at HUC
Happening NOW through 3/8
The Dr. Bernard Heller Museum at HUC | 1 West 4 Street  (between Broadway and Mercer Street)

Admission: Free. Current government issued photo ID required for security.

Click here for more information.
LimmudFest NY 2020
Fri. 2/14 - Mon. 2/17, 2020
The Jewish Theological Seminary

Join participants of all ages and backgrounds for Limmud NY’s annual four-day, round-the-clock smorgasbord of Jewish learning and culture. Choose from over 200 sessions, including text study, lectures, films, panels, workshops, performances, communal Shabbat program, Havdalah concert with Rabbi Ingber & Noah Aronson , and more.

Click here for more information and to register!
Strangers No More Monthly Discussion Series #6: Navigating Family Life
Wednesday, 2/26 @ 7 PM 
Location Given Upon Registration

We will explore how we navigate our families of origin and our in-laws when we have different faith traditions and/or radically different ways of practicing within the same faith tradition. What are the blessings and complexities related to our families which can actually serve to deepen our spiritual lives? If we have children or plan to have children, what can we learn from one another about raising them in the context of our multi-faith lives and families?

Please register to receive location information by emailing
Liberation in a Time of Crisis: Preparing for Passover
Sun. 3/15
Romemu Yeshiva at Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA

Join us for a day-long soak in Jewish meditation practice, prayer, and learning. Sit, sing, learn, and walk around the farm with eyes and heart open. Connect deeply to yourself, to the Divine, and to the practices and rituals of Passover. 

Cosponsored by Romemu Yeshiva and Or HaLev - Center for Jewish Spirituality & Meditation

For more information and to register please click here
Jewish Emergent Network’s (RE)VISION 20/20 Conference
June 18 - 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA

We hope that you’ll join us for the Jewish Emergent Network’s (RE)VISION 20/20 conference. With hindsight and an eye towards the future through the lens of emergent Jewish communities, you'll take part in vibrant content around Torah & Learning, Justice & Moral Leadership, Prayer & Ritual, Community & Inclusion, Education, and Community Models. Through creative modules such as interactive experiments, laboratories, immersive sessions, and fascinating panels.

Click here for more information and to register!
Romemu members get 25% off with the code MEMBER
The 'MU for Youth & Families
Shabbat Experiences for Children and Families

Fridays @ 5 PM
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105th Street

Infants, toddlers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers 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 our partners at Tkiya.

No registration required.

Sha'Boker Tov & Parsha Play
 Saturdays @ 11:15 AM
The Romemu Center Unless Otherwise Noted

Children ages 0-5 and their grownups (Sha'Boker) and ages 5-13 (Parsha Play) are welcome to these weekly programs, where an educator explores the Torah portion by engaging students in theatre, art, play, and story telling.

No registration required.
Mishloach Manot Packing
Fri, 2/14 @ 4-5PM
West End Presbyterian Church (3rd floor)
Geared for children ages 4 and up and their grown ups

This Purim,  fulfill the mitzvah of  mishloach manot  -- giving food gifts to friends and the needy. Come pack and decorate these Purim packages with the Romemu community. You can also sign up as a Dorot volunteer to help distribute the mishloach manot to elderly folks in our community!

Each family must bring at least three of each  of the following items to donate for the packages: (all items must be sealed, non-perishable and kosher certified)
  • Box of tea bags
  • Unsalted nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Sugar free candy
  • Optional items to bring include: hamantaschen or canned fruit

This will kick off our  Spring Social Action  series of special programs for families.  Click here  to read more. This will be followed by our monthly Seekers family Shabbat dinner (all are welcome). To register for dinner  click here .
Seekers Friday
Fri. 2/14 @ 5 PM
West End Presbyterian Church | 165 West 105th Street

Families are invited to a delicious, hot, catered Shabbat dinner before services, where we will learn together before joining the Romemu congregation for a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat. To register for dinner  click here .

You can find all program dates by subscribing to our Family Events and Seekers Calendars  here   .
Registration for Seekers Holistic Hebrew School Registrationis Still Open!

Seekers provides a holistic, hands-on approach to meaningful engagement with Jewish life. We aim to help students ages K-7 cultivate a deep love for Jewish tradition through, music, movement, play, experiential learning, and thoughtful exploration of our sacred text. Seekers welcomes students of all socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, and gender identities.

For more information about programs for Youth and Families at Romemu, email Mika Yaakoba-Zohar at
'MU Near You
Romemu Brooklyn | Single - Not Single - We're All One! Valentine's Shabbat |
Fri. 2/14
Services @ 6:30pm -
Berkeley Carroll School, 152 Sterling Place
Dinner & Mixer @ 8:15pm - Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Place

Join Romemu Brooklyn for a special Valentine’s Day Shabbat service and buffet dinner, featuring a full night of music, lighthearted games (BYO games), and new connections. Please invite your single friends to join! We’ll have mixers for all-ages, singles & non-singles, families & children, and those looking for friendship, partners-in-prayer, and maybe more!
Sign up by  registering for dinne after services on February 14.
Romemu Brooklyn | Home Hosting
Fri. 2/28
Join us for our first official night of home-hosted Shabbat dinners across Brooklyn for lively conversation, new friends, and community building.

Sign up  by February 17 or until all seats are filled!
In Brooklyn or Westchester for Shabbat? Join us!
Romemu Brooklyn
  • Fri 2/14– Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Dinner
  • Sat 3/7 – Shabbat AM Services
Visit for more info and registration.

Romemu Monthly Fridays @ The Alligned Center in Irvington
  • Fri 2/28 – Romemu Kabbalat Shabbat Livestream & Potluck
  • Fri 3/27 – Romemu Kabbalat Shabbat Livestream & Potluck
Please click here for more information.
Careers at the 'MU
Romemu is currently hiring the following positions:
  • Romemu Brooklyn Rabbi
  • Romemu Manhattan Associate Rabbi
  • Marketing Associate
  • Programming Associate
Visit for more information.
'MU in the News
Jewish Insider– January 23, 2020
T hree Sukkot Snapshots
The Jerusalem Post– October 19, 2019
Jewish Telegraphic Agency– July 17, 2019
Ready to Join or Renew at the 'MU?
Join Today!

Visit to join or renew your Romemu membership today.

If you have any questions, please contact Miriam Rubin, Director of Membership, at (212) 580-4294 or .
Calling ALL Volunteers!
Ways to Get Excited about Purim 2020!

  • Participate in our Dance-a-thon and party with a purpose! Raise money for Footsteps and the Romemu Hesed Community by creating a Pledge It campaign here:
  • Volunteer! Join our magic-making squad as a Purim Volunteer! 
  • Join our Host Committee to help make this Purim an extra special evening! 
  • Bring your upside down Purim self to the dance floor. Buy tickets here:

To participate, please contact our Purim Programming Coordinator,
Aliza Rivka at .
We are deeply proud of Romemu's reputation and commitment to being a welcoming and inviting community. Today we invite you to take a small step into helping us continue that reality by serving as a Shabbat greeter on Fridays nights and Saturday mornings.

  • Show up at 5:15pm in the Romemu sanctuary, or 9:30am on Shabbat morning or RSVP to

Join Rabbi Dianne Cohler Esses for a lunch and learn conversation (ZOOM) about the Mitzvah of Hachnasat Orchim and the Jewish value of B'Tzelem Elohim: seeing the one-another in the image of God on Wednesday, February 19th at noon. 

Email to RSVP
H esed Committee
Find yourself in need of help? The H esed Committee is here for you.
Romemu's H esed Comittee serves and supports members' well-being through acts of loving kindness.

For more information, to volunteer as a member of the committee, or to reach out for assistance, please contact Shelley Cahn, Mijanou Mosher, or Valerie Kanofsky at .
H evra Kadisha
Seeking New Members for Romemu's  H evra Kaddisha
Hevra Kaddisha, meaning "holy society," performs the mitzvah of Shmira for our members and their loved ones who have died. Hevra Kaddisha volunteers sit with/near the deceased, often reading psalms, chanting or meditating until the time of burial. They also perform the sacred ritual of Tahara, the washing and purification of the body honoring the holy sanctuary it was for the soul in life.

Interested individuals or those seeking more information about this sacred work should email Rabbi Eva Sax Bolder at  or Nili Weissman at .
Youth & Family Committee
We are seeking parents with children ages 0 - 4 to partner with.
Are you interested in getting more involved at Romemu? Do you love coming to Sha'Baby or Sha'Boker Tov and want to spread the word about Romemu? We'd love to talk with you.

To learn more please contact Rabbi Elster at   .
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Please click here to make your gift today.
Romemu | (212) 580-4294 |
The Romemu Campus | Corner of 105 St. & Amsterdam Ave.
Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street
Romemu @ West End Presbyterian Church | 165 West 105 Street