Monday's Community Meeting

Thank you to the more than 100 people who participated in the facilitated community meeting last Monday evening addressing Rabbi Ingber's sermon from January 17th. We are trying to fully understand and digest the many feelings, views, and issues that were brought to light, and, based on the many suggestions we received, figure out how best to continue the conversation. In the meantime, thank you all for your efforts toward "...Staying in the room." 

This Shabbat at Romemu Manhattan
Romemu Campus - Corner of 105 St. & Amsterdam Ave.

Friday, February 7
5:00 PM Sha'Baby |  5:30 PM  Pre-Prayer Meditation   6:00 PM  Kabbalat Shabbat Services

Saturday, February 8
9:00 AM  Open Book   Torah Study (WEPC) |  10:00 AM  Seekers Family Shabbat (RC) | 10:00 AM  Shabbat Morning Services(WEPC) |
11:00 AM  Children's Blessing (WEPC)
This Shabbat at Romemu Brooklyn
1 Grand Army Plaza - Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Saturday, February 8
9:00 AM  Open Book   Torah Study |  10:00 AM  Shabbat Morning Services
"Standing in the Need of Prayer -
Absence Presence/Presence Absence "
Rabbi Ingber's Sermon
Following last week’s message of “one sigh doesn’t fit all”, that heard the holy groans and sighs of the enslaved beginning to call for freedom, Rabbi Ingber explores the paradox of G-d’s simultaneous absence and presence in the face of unfathomable suffering. From Auschwitz to Alabama, from Moses in the house of Pharaoh to Rabbi Akiva’s martyrdom, is it possible to find meaning in the radical silence of evil, and within that silence maybe even music? A liberation song that strengthens our resolve to dismantle systems that continue to enslave and oppress.
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.
Learn at the 'MU
Aleph Bet I: Beginning Hebrew
Tues. @ 6:30 PM - Next Session 2/11
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street

Dive into the Hebrew language in an intimate, relaxed and supportive environment! We will start by learning the Hebrew alphabet. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of the language, including reading and writing. Once we’ve made progress, we’ll introduce Shabbat and holiday liturgy. With Wendy Miles.

Please click here to learn more and register.

Beit Midrash
Tues. @ 8 PM - Next Session 2/11
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street

Join us for an intimate look into the  h asidic roots of Romemu's heart-centered, playfully pious, embodied approach to Jewish text and practice .

No registration required. $10 Suggested donation.
Online Learning with the Romemu Yeshiva Faculty
All are welcome to partake in transformative study of Jewish texts and heart-opening contemplative practice with our master teachers. Sessions will include an opportunity to learn more about the Romemu Yeshiva summer program.

All sessions are run via the zoom platform. Students will receive a link after registering.

Gardening the Soul: Preparing our soil, Dissolution, and Regrowth in our Spritual Practice
Sun. 2/9 @ 1:30 PM
With Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels

Romemu Yeshiva - Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020
Program dates: June 29 - August 6, 2020
6-Week Immersive Study & Practice
The Romemu Yeshiva provides intensive spiritual study and practice of Jewish pathways for self-transformation. By integrating rigorous text study, deep prayer, and Jewish mindfulness-based practices, Romemu Yeshiva programs inspire participants' profound transformation as individuals and prepare them for leadership roles in the Jewish community and beyond.  February 1 is our priority deadline .

 For more information and to apply, visit romemu.org/yeshiva.
This Way Up: Practices to Align Ourselves in a Topsy Turvy World
Sun. 2/23 @ 9 AM
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street

Join us for a full day of study, practice and prayer that will open your heart, soften your body, and expand your mind. We will begin at 9am with chanting and shaharit (morning prayers), then spend the morning in silent embodied practice. We will come together to study in the afternoon. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming summer Romemu Yeshiva program. Snacks will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch.
Led by Rabbi Ingber and Romemu Yeshiva summer faculty member Rabbi Shuli Passow.

 For more information and to register please click here.
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
Coming Up
IJKL Sunshine Shabbaton with Rabbi Ingber -
Everything Sings : Discovering Our Unique Voice
Fri. 2/7 - Sun. 2/9
Sheraton Suites, Cypress Creek Fort Lauderdale, FL

This Shabbat is known as 'Shabbat Shira' or the Sabbath of Song. Join Rabbi Ingber and guest leaders at the Institute of Jewish Knowledge and Learning for a retreat experience exploring the power of voice to create liberation and compassion.
Please click here to learn more and register.
Celebrate Tu B’shvat with a Special Nigun Jam!
Sun. 2/9 @ 6:30 PM
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street

Join Hazzan Basya Schechter and Nigun Jam leaders Jack Klebanow and Judy Ribnick for a special Tu B’shvat Nigun Jam. We will travel through the four Kabbalistic worlds, drink wine, eat nuts and fruits, and sing four melodies with deep spaciousness and immersion in themes of nature, trees, planting, flowering and sustainability. 
Please click here to learn more and register.
Calling All Actors! Purim Shpiel: Gender-Swap Edition  
RSVP by Sun. 2/9
 
Seeking 8 Actors to Participate in this year’s Purim Shpiel! If you are interested in participating, please RSVP to Alizarivka@Romemu.org by this Sunday, February 9th with 3 sentences about why you want to do the Purim shpiel . All levels of experience are welcome. Rehearsals are mostly Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm (at the Romemu Center) and begin the evening of February 12th. No previous acting experience necessary. 

(Stay tuned for our full line of Romemu Purim Celebrations including our family Purim Party, Purim Happy Hour, and our Purim After Party and DANCE-A-THON for Freedom, Self-Expression, and Love!)
Interfaith Couples’ Workshop: A Four-Part Series 
Next Session: Mon. 2/10 @ 7 PM
Location shared upon registration.

Interfaith relationships are a rich opportunity to celebrate the beauty and complexity of multiple religious traditions in a household. In this four-part couples’ series, we will explore the complexity of interfaith family experiences – from navigating holidays, life-cycle events, religious services, to relationships with in-laws, parenting and more; based on participants contributions and questions. Led by Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman, Director of Multi-Faith Initiatives at Romemu, and Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Parters, a writer, master coach, and certified CoreEnergetics Practitioner – and Eleanor’s partner in interfaith marriage.

For more information and to register,  please click here.
Romemu Green Team
Wed. 2/12 @ 6:30 PM
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street

“The Mission of the Romemu Green Team is   to promote individual and shared environmental responsibility in the Romemu Community through education and action.  We will find inspiration and direction for our mission from the teachings and traditions of Judaism. “ 

Romemu's Green Committee is springing to life! If you are interested in environmental action of any kind, from cultivating sustainable habits in our community to exploring the spiritual side of green practices to advocating for a greener city, join in this first exploratory meeting and share your passion and vision for Greening Romemu.
Please click here to register.
With Love We Serve - Volunteer Service Opportunity
Thur. 2/13 - Meet at 5:30 PM at 2859 Broadway
Broadway Presbyterian Church | 114th and Amsterdam Avenue

Join fellow Romemu and community volunteers to serve a four course dinner at Broadway Presbyterian Church's "4 Star Kitchen." This is a monthly event in which the church's sanctuary becomes a restaurant for all who wish to come. Broadway   Presbyterian Church is on 114th Street & Broadway. 5:30 meet up with Rabbi Mira and the community at at Famiglia Pizza on Broadway and 111th ( 2859 Broadway ) to walk to the church together. Limited spaces available.

Please RSVP to Robin Aronson at robin.aronson@gmail.com
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 eleanor@romemu.org.
The MU' for Youth & Families
Do you know Hebrew calligraphy, or how to write beautifully in Hebrew?
We are looking for someone to volunteer their time to write out the  names of our B Mitzvah students  for their  B Mitzvah certificates ! If you are interested or know somebody who is, please reach out to Mika at  mika@romemu.org .
Shabbat Experiences for Children and Families

Sha'Baby
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.
Seekers Family Shabbat
Sat. 2/8 @ 10 AM
The Romemu Center | 176 West 105th Street

All Romemu families are welcome to Seekers Family Shabbat, where we will gather for an all-ages family service, then cross the street for a special children's blessing with the Romemu community. During the Torah service, we will split into groups to learn Torah together, before gathering for a special Shabbat lunch.

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 RSVP, email  mika@romemu.org .
Mishloach Manot Packing
Friday, February 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! To register, email mika@romemu.org .


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.

Please click here to register. For more information about programs for Youth and Families at Romemu, email Mika Yaakoba-Zohar at mika@romemu.org
Jewish Emergent Network’s
(RE)VISION 20/20 Conference
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
'MU Near You
Romemu Brooklyn | February Open Book : "Archeology, Topography, and the Exodus"
Sat. 2/8 @ 9am, before services
1 Grand Army Plaza

How and where did the Israelites cross the sea? And what theories do historians have regarding the location and feasibility of this miracle? Join community member and Romemu Yeshiva Program Director Kohenet Shamirah -- aka. Sarah Chandler -- for a fascinating dive into water, waves, and wonder.

RSVPs  welcome, but not required.
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 13 or until all seats are filled!
In Brooklyn or Westchester for Shabbat? Join us!
Romemu Brooklyn
  • Sat 2/8 – Shabbat AM Services
  • Fri 2/14– Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Dinner
  • Sat 3/7 – Shabbat AM Services
Visit romemu.org/brooklyn 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 romemu.org/careers 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 romemu.org/membership 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 miriam@romemu.org .
Committees & Circles
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.

Would you volunteer for 1-2 hours per month as a Shabbat greeter?

Show up at 5:15pm in the Romemu sanctuary, or 9:30am on Shabbat morning or RSVP to  Miriam@romemu.org

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 miriam@romemu.org 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 hesed@romemu.org .
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  evasaxbolder@gmail.com  or Nili Weissman at nweissman@live.com .
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 janice@romemu.org   .
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The Romemu Campus | Corner of 105 St. & Amsterdam Ave.
Romemu Center | 176 West 105 Street
Romemu @ West End Presbyterian Church | 165 West 105 Street