Multi-Faith Initiatives @ Romemu

As part of Romemu’s commitment to “widen the tent” and in recognition of the diversity of our community, the Multi-Faith Initiatives program at Romemu seeks to support and nourish interfaith couples and families, those who identify with other religious traditions, those who grew up Jewish and still feel a “stranger” at times in Jewish settings, and the “multi-faith curious.”   We seek to meet the needs of these groups by providing pastoral, educational, social, and spiritual programing.  We also seek to expand the centrality of deep respect for all faith traditions, knowing that the diversity of traditions and practices in our midst is a gift that can strengthen and support us all in living holy lives.

To learn more about Multi-Faith Initiatives at Romemu, click to watch this video.

Please contact Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman, the Director of Multi-Faith Initiatives, with any questions about our programs below or if you would like to meet to discuss issues related to being an interfaith couple or being a part of Romemu when you do not identify as Jewish.

Monthly “Strangers No More” Discussion Series

Third Wednesday of Every Month this Fall 2019 – 7:00-9:00PM

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Are you an interfaith couple wrestling with how you will get married, raise children and celebrate holidays? Interested in Judaism or Romemu but grew up in another tradition? Identify as Jewish but still feel “a stranger” in Jewish settings? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, come and join a wonderfully diverse part of the Romemu community for our monthly discussion series. These sessions, primarily led by Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman, will continue to be a non-judgmental space to explore the experiences, frustrations, challenges and blessings of navigating holiday and life cycle events, parenting, and nurturing you own spiritual life in the midst of our multi-faith lives and world. While this is a series and we hope you attend them all, we understand that “life happens” and we also welcome newcomers to join us at any time.

Open to members and non-members alike, free and open to all.  To register for individual sessions and for more information about each session, contact Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman. Location given upon registration.

  • September 18th: Navigating the High Holidays
  • October 16th: Spiritual Belonging and Estrangement
  • November 20th: Our Faith Journeys: Where You’ve Come From, Where you are Going
  • December 18th: Navigating the December Holidays/ Strangers No More holiday celebration with West End Presbyterian

In the Spring we will switch to the FOURTH Wednesday of each month:

  • January 22nd: Families of Origin
  • February 26th: Raising Children
  • March 25th:  Engaging Passover and Easter
  • April 22rd: Navigating Death, Dying and Funeral Rites
  • May 27th: Divine Revelation on the Mountaintop and in the Everyday
  • June 10th, 5PM “End of the Year” picnic in the park together

Rev. Eleanor is also available for pastoral care meetings should you wish to explore any of these issues more individually and/or as a couple.

Introduction to Friday Night Services and Shabbat Dinner – Friday, November 1st @ 5:15PM

Curious about the prayers at Friday night services? Want help navigating both the practicalities and meaning of them? Together with other multi-faith families and couples, come learn more about Friday night services and share a home-hosted Shabbat dinner after services. Class: 5:15PM; Services 6:30PM; Shabbat Dinner 8:15PM.

Interfaith Couples’ Workshop – a four-part series led by Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman and Peter Bregman – Mondays, February 3rd and 10th and 24th, and March 2nd @ 7-9:30PM

Are you an interfaith couple wondering how you will get married, raise children and celebrate holidays? Have you “been there, done that” and have wisdom to share with others? Interfaith marriages are a rich opportunity to celebrate with deliberateness the beauty and complexity of multiple religious traditions in a household. In this four-part couples’ series, we will explore, celebrate and wrestle with this complexity – from navigating holidays, life-cycle events, services, to in-laws, communication, parenting and other issues YOU bring to the table. We will share victories, challenges and solutions with one another.  

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, email eleanor@romemu.org.

Sacred Sounds – Saturday, November 9th @ 7PM

Each year Romemu, West End Presbyterian Church, Rivers of Living Water, the Pamsula Zen Center and the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community, bring our diverse communities of faith together for a musical evening of prayer, song, and wisdom. Our communities hold music at the heart of our prayer experience and believe that through our music we deepen our connection to the Holy and to one another. Without relinquishing the uniqueness of our faith traditions, we explore a sacred point of meeting – what is possible when, together, we open our ears, voices, and hearts to sing a new song?  Contact Eleanor Harrison Bregman at eleanor@romemu.org for more information or to volunteer for Sacred Sounds 2019.

Click below to watch this video of Sacred Sounds 2018!