In the Beginning: A Series of Short Courses on Core Jewish Topics
Mondays at 43 Central Park North
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Romemu welcomes everyone exactly as they come, regardless of Jewish background. But, in order to take full advantage of the Jewish experience that the community offers, it helps to understand the basics of Jewish life, including holidays, prayer and diverse ideas of G-d.
Course 1: Judaism’s Big Questions – Moshe Goodman
January 11, 25; February 1, 8
In this course, we will ask big questions. What do Jews believe in? Must they believe in G-d? What about the afterlife? The Messiah? The nature of the soul? Free will? We will use basic Jewish texts as well as the work of Jewish philosophers from across Jewish history to help articulate our own beliefs and approaches.
Young Tish/Students: $40
Course 2: Holy Rest – Moshe Goodman
February 29; March 7, 14
We will come to understand what our tradition envisions as “Jewish rest” by examining the basic laws of Shabbat, the scriptural basis for Shabbat observance, as well as chassidic/mystical teachings about Shabbat. We will also consider how various Jewish communities observe Shabbat differently. Ultimately, we will articulate our own understanding of what Shabbat is for each of us.
Young Tish/Students: $30
Course 3: Sacred Celebration – Rabbi Abby Sosland
March 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18
Learn what it means to mark time and celebrate the Jewish way. Students will come out of this course with an understanding of the of range of Jewish holidays, the history and rituals of each. With Purim and Passover coming up, we will have an opportunity to explore these two holidays in depth just in time to enter them with a greater understanding that enhances the experience.
Young Tish/Students: $50
Course 4: Blessings: The Jewish Way to Mindfulness – Bronwen Mullin
May 2, 9, 16, 23
The ancient Rabbis say that we should say 100 blessings a day! Learn how each blessing marks a possibility of a sacred and mindful moment in your day- from waking, to dressing, to eating, to witnessing a rainbow or seeing a disabled person; you name it, there’s probably a Jewish blessing for it! Studying the text, context, and guidelines of traditional blessings will help us consider how we would like to use the religious technology of blessing in our own lives.
Young Tish/Students: $40
Register for all 4 courses and receive a discounted rate:
Young Tish/Students: $150
Bronwen is a 5th-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary (ord. 2017, MA in Midrash 2017). She currently serves as the rabbinic intern for Town and Village synagogue in which she created and runs their Artists’ Beit Midrash program and Arts Initiative. She is also the co-founder of Metaphys-Ed, a Jewish text-based theater company in NY. Bronwen has taught on the intersection of the creative arts, mindfulness and Jewish texts and ritual at Town and Village, BJ, Kolot Chayeinu, 14th Street Y, JCC of Manhattan, the Academy of Jewish Religion, Havurah National Institute, Limmud NY and Philly. Bronwen is a founding member of Romemu’s Young Tish and looks forward to returning home to teach with Romemu.
Moshe is a Jewish educator committed to collaborative and empowering learning. Moshe’s second life as a theatre artist informs his work as a Jewish educator, helping him to recognize that creating our own Jewish lives and creating beautiful art are not such different processes.
Rabbi Abby Sosland
Rabbi Abby Sosland is the Morah Ruchanit (Spiritual Advisor) of Schechter Westchester, where she teaches Bible, Talmud, prayer, and philosophy. She has shared her teaching and spiritual leadership around the country as well as in Canada, Israel, Poland, and India. Her writing has been published widely, including the chapter on “Crime and Punishment” in The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews. She started the first free High Holiday service for downtown New Yorkers at Town and Village Synagogue, featured in New York Magazine and The New York Times. Her recent ELI talk on Getting Rid of Shame can be found on Youtube. Her teaching aims to integrate sacred text and practice, combining serious study with spiritual and emotional experience.