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” Discussions

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  • Yom Kippur 9/30/17 at approximately 3PM during the break in services
  • November 8th & December 4th, 2017 & January 22, 2018 – 7:30PM-9:30PM
  • February 3rd, 2018 – 12:30PM, lunch after Shabbat services
  • March 21st and April 16th, 2018 – 7:30PM-9:30PM
  • May 5th, 2018 – 12PM, lunch and discussion after Shabbat services and session with the Seekers Hebrew School community
  • June 10th, 2018 – 5pm, picnic in the park together

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 and Angie Siegler, 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. Drop in for one or join us for them all.

Open to members and non-members alike.  Newcomers expected.  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 Series

Fridays 10/27/17, 1/12/18, and Saturday 5/26/18 –  following Shabbat services, 12PM

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. Led by Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, Rabbi David Ingber and guests.  Rev. Dr. Mary Foulke, Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, will teach on Saturday, May 26th following services and lunch. Lunch provided, free and open to all.

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

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. 

Each session will begin with an hour of formal discussion, followed by less formal discussion over dinner.  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 $60 per couple for the four sessions.

Strangers No More Aliyah and Lunch co-sponsored with the Seekers Holistic Hebrew School at Romemu

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 11am
165 West 105th Street, Sanctuary

On Saturday, February 3rd Romemu’s multi-faith community will be given an aliyah, or honor, during Shabbat morning services. In addition to introducing the second non-Jewish adoptive parent of Moses, Yitro/Jethro, this week’s Torah reading also contains the Revelation at Sinai. We will honor the Torah of Yitro as well as the Torah of Sinai this Shabbat.

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.