Shabbat of the Child

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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.

Our weekend begins on Friday evening the 28th of February and includes a catered, music-filled Shabbat dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat services. It continues on Saturday the 29th with a Shabbat Lunch & Learn, followed by a special musical Mincha/Havdalah ceremony. Our weekend will conclude with a Sunday parenting workshop. 

Information and registration below!


Friday February 28, 2020 | 8:15 – 9:45pm

Friday night Shabbat Dinner and Community Sing: Celebrating the Child Within 

For Ages 18+

$18 per person | Use code: RDavidGuest to attend for FREE!

We invite you to an intimate evening of wisdom, food, song, and celebration of the magic and wonder of childhood memories. Join Rabbi David Ingber and international guests including Haruv institute’s Asher Ben Arieh, Board member Gil Mandelzis, and Musical Director Josh Ehrlich. Tap into your inner child through community singing — in both English and Hebrew. Plus, learn from members of both the Haruv Institute and Sacred Spaces to discover how they work to protect childhood everywhere. 

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Saturday February 29, 2020 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm 

Lunch & Learn | “The Holy Yenta: The Mitzvah of Thoughtful Intervention” 

For Ages 18+

$12 per person | Use code: RDavidGuest to attend for FREE!

After a nourishing catered Shabbat buffet lunch, join us for text study with Rabbi Ingber, hevrutah learning, and an animated discussion about what it means to have holy intervention on behalf of the children of our world. Join leading experts in the field, including Asher Ben-Arieh of the Haruv Institute, Danielle Pitkoff of Sacred Spaces, and members of the Aleinu Campaign, a new project of the Romemu community. 

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Sunday March 1, 2020 | 10:30 – 12:30

Bagel Brunch & Learn Parenting Workshop | Empowerment: Building your Toolbox of Parenting Techniques 

For Parents and Caregivers (with childcare included) 

$10  suggested donation

As we continue to celebrate the weekend of the child, we are taking action ourselves as parents and caregivers. How do we build better relationships with our own children or children in our care? What strategies exist that will help me be the best parent I can be right now?  

Please join Rabbi Janice Elster, Romemu’s Director of Youth and Family Education, Anat Ofir from the Haruv Institute, and local policy leaders from Prevent Childhood New York for a free parenting workshop from a highly renowned childhood and adolescent communication expert from Ramapo for Children. Then join us for a light brunch afterwards for your whole family. The workshop is appropriate for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers… and everyone who works with children. 

The workshop is for adults only. Romemu will provide a complimentary supervised movie for your children so you can attend the workshop. 

All proceeds go to support the Haruv Institute and Romemu’s participation in Aleinu: The Campaign for Safe gaurding our Children. 

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The entire weekend is made possible through the generous funding of Gil Mandelzis and Capitolis.