Multi-Faith Programming

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. Please contact Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman, the Director of Multi-Faith Initiatives, with any questions about our programs 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

First Wednesday of Every Month – 7:30-9:30PM

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  • September 5: Navigating the High Holidays
  • October 3: Spiritual Belonging and Estrangement
  • November 7th: Topic TBA
  • December 5th: Navigating the December Holidays/ Stranger No More holiday celebration
  • January 2nd: Families of Origin
  • February 6th: Raising Children
  • March 6th: Navigating Death, Dying and Funeral Rites
  • April 3rd: Engaging Passover and Easter
  • May 1st: Topic TBA
  • June 5th, 5PM “End of the Year” picnic in the park together

Also, please note that we will hold a Yom Kippur Breakout Session during the break in services on 9/19/18 at approximately 3PM at Rev. Eleanor’s home. Details will be in the High Holiday program.

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.

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.

G?d Talk Shabbat Lunch

Sat 11/3/18

Join us at this Shabbat series where the entire Romemu community explores theological and ethical topics through the multi-faith experiences our diverse community brings to the table.  On November 3rd we will welcome representatives from our Sacred Sounds (see below!) partners to discuss this year’s theme. More info to come. Kiddish lunch provided, free and open to all.

Interfaith Couples’ Workshop – a five-part series led by Rev. Eleanor and Peter Bregman

Nov 5 – Nov 12, and Dec 5

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 five-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. To register, email eleanor@romemu.org. Location given upon registration. Fee is $125 per couple for the five sessions. For our last session we will join the Strangers No More/Multi Faith community at Romemu for the “Navigating December” discussion and holiday celebration.

Sacred Sounds

Saturday, November 17th, 2018 @ 7PM
165 West 105th Street, Sanctuary

Romemu, West End Presbyterian Church, Rivers of Living Water, the Pamsula Zen Center and the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community, along with guest musician Amir Vahab, will 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 will 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.