The Well: Lifelong Learning

Scholars often compare the Torah to a well, and its words to water. Drawn from a deep and meaningful place, this water has the ability to sate all who seek it.

Applied wisdom and devoted study are instrumental in our spiritual quest at Romemu. The Well is a place to meet deeper dimensions of our faith, our tradition, our community, and our lives. Classes featuring a variety of subjects are taught by Romemu clergy, guest scholars, and community members and are offered throughout the year.

We invite all who are thirst for knowledge and wisdom to come to The Well to drink.

“All who thirst, come to the water”
(ISAIAH 55:1)

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

MONDAYS

DYING TO TALK… Conversations About Life and Death – A Four-Part Series

With the time that remains for each of us, how do we want it filled? Sages say that all of life is a preparation for dying. How can we gain some control over the process of dying and what we leave behind? Come to every session, or just the one(s) that work for you. There is much to be learned and more to be gained by devoting time to this sacred work.

    • Session 1: Dying Well: A Path from our Wishes to Our Decisions – 11/4
    • Session 2: Getting Your House in Order: A Guide to Living Wills & Health Care Proxies – 11/12
    • Session 3: Ethical Wills: A Values Vault for Future Generations – 11/18
    • Session 4: Reincarnation, Resurrection & Olam Ha’Ba –11/25

Dates: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25

Location: Location given upon registration.

Time: 7 PM

Register:  Click here to registerFor more information, location and to register please write to Shelly Levine at shellevine@gmail.com.

TORAH TUESDAYS

Beit Midrash

From Mezritch to Manhattan: A Pilgrimage into the heart of Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism

Every Tuesday night Rabbi Ingber will unpack an essential Hasidic idea including elevating sparks, mystical union, joy, ecstatic prayer, equanimity, the power of chant and niggun, serving G-d with our bodies and in all we do, and more.

Dates: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

Location: The Romemu Center – 176 West 105th St.

Time: 8 PM

Register: Suggested donation $10 a session.


Never Too Late: B Mitzvah Journey for Lifelong Learners 

Never Too Late, Romemu’s adult B Mitzvah journey, prepares participants for a deepened experience of this Jewish rite of passage with fellow spiritual travelers in an 18-month program of preparation. In addition, this course gives participants tools for more active synagogue participation and leadership. Course taught by Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses and Hazzan Basya Schechter.

Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

Location: The Romemu Center – 176 West 105th St.

Time: 6:30 PM

Register: Please click here to register.

Semester: Members: $400, Non Members: $500


Walking The Path: Judaism for Beginners

Jewish practice is active sacred engagement. Wherever you are along your spiritual way, this course offers to meet you there; and invites you to deepen your journey. Whether that means exploring conversion, approaching the tradition for the first time, or reinvigorating and reimagining your Jewish life. Course taught by Rabbi Mira Rivera.

Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

Location: The Romemu Center – 176 West 105th St.

Time: 6:30 PM

Register: Please click here to register

Semester: Members: $275, Non Members: $325


Aleph Bet I Hebrew

Dive into the Hebrew language in an intimate, relaxed and supportive environment! We will start by learning the Hebrew alphabet. Participants will be exposed to all aspects of the language, including reading and writing. Once we’ve made progress, we’ll introduce Shabbat and holiday liturgy. Course led by Wendy Miles.

First Semester: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11,

Second Semester: 2/25, 3/3, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26

Location: The Romemu Center – 176 West 105th St.

Time: 6:30 PM

Register: Click here to register.

Full Year: Members: $350, Non Members: $400

Individual Semesters: Members: $175, Non Members: $200

WEDNESDAYS

Gift of Awareness: Cultivating Mindfulness Through Jewish Meditation

This 8-week course explores mindfulness through Jewish meditation in an online course created by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Everyone will sign up for this IJS online course (paid for separately) which will give them access to video sessions, guided meditations, practices and reflection questions and more. 

Each week we will review the weekly online program together with Larry Schwartz, facilitator of the course, we will watch short 3-5 minute videos, explore practices, reflect and ask questions. Participants will be asked to practice at least 5 minutes every day.

Some of the topics will include: 

  • Waking up to your life: from automatic pilot to intention. 
  • Strengthening attention
  • Listening to your body
  • Working with Difficult emotions
  • Befriending your Mind
  • Cultivating your loving heart
  • Resting in Shabbat mind.

Dates: 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Location: Location Given Upon Registration

Time: 6:50 PM

Register: Click here to register Please email larschwartz@gmail.com for more information.

Online Course: The cost for the online course is $180

Romemu Course Cost: Members $160 & Non Members $180

Total Cost: Members $340 & Non Members $360

THURSDAYS 

Israel Lit

In this book group, we will engage with Israeli literature in English translation. Together we will explore themes of identity, spirituality and community in Hebrew novels, memoirs and short stories by both contemporary Jewish-Israeli and Arab-Israeli authors. In addition to some of the most famous authors, we will showcase Israeli writers who are not yet well known in the United States. Participants will read the selections in advance and then join Ronnie​, a professor of literature,​and Rhonna, a translator of Hebrew novels,​ who will share their insights and reflections and facilitate the group’s discussion in a relaxed, open-minded and respectful environment. Course taught by Ronnie Scharfman and Rhonna Rogol.

Dates: 11/7, 12/19, January TBD, 2/27, 4/2, 5/7, 6/11

Books: Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Robert Englander, The Liar by Ayelet Gundar Goshen;  About the Night by Anat Talshi; Pain, by Zeruyah Shalev, Days of Peace, by Rachel Shihor,  Feathers, by Haim Be’er; The Book of Disappearance by Ibtisam Azem

Location: Upper West Side Apartment – Location Given Upon Registration

Time: 7:30 PM

Register: Please click here to register

Full Series: Members: $50, Non Members: $60

Individual Sessions: Members: $10, Non Members: $15


The Sky Within: Integrating Mussar, Astrology and Rosh Chodesh

Join this course and explore the Jewish Calendar and astrology in a unique and soulful curriculum. The lens of Rosh Chodesh and the Astrological New Moon are used to focus on a particular character trait each month in the Jewish practice of Mussar. Participants develop personal intentions aimed at improving one’s character and use astrology to deepen self-reflection. Course led by Alina Bloomgarden and Caren Fried.

Dates: 10/3, 10/31, 11/21, 12/26, 1/22,  2/27, 3/26, 4/23, 5/21, 6/25, 7/23

Location: Upper West Side Apartment – Location Given Upon Registration 

Time: 7 PM

Register: Please click here to register. Email Alina Bloomgarden at skyinthewell@gmail.com for location information.

Price: $10 a session

SUNDAYS

Aleph Bet II Hebrew

This Hebrew class is good for those who already have some familiarity with the Hebrew letters and basic reading, but would like to improve their reading skills, better understand the meaning of words, and delve into some basic principles of the Hebrew language. To make your reading come alive, we uncover hidden secrets behind the words, make connections to other Hebrew word roots, and connect more deeply to Hebrew text. We will apply what we learn to familiar and new texts, modern Hebrew, everyday life, the holidays, conversation, and more. Course taught by Jeremy Rosenshine.

Dates for Semester 1: 10/27 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9,

Dates for Semester 2: 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17

Location: TBD

Time: 10:30 AM – 12 PM

Register: Click here to register

Full Year: Members: $350, Non Members: $400

Individual Semesters: Members: $175, Non Members: $200


Living Deeply with a Sacred Text

Falling in Love with the Beloved: Ahava Rabba ~ The Greatest Love of All

Come join the great legacy of mystics as we open to loving the Beloved! We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. How do we open to this deep command and begin to taste the Divine Nectar of this transformational relationship? In this experiential class, we hold sacred space for intimate sharing, deep listening, journaling, artmaking, meditation, and reflection. Each participant will receive their own pasuk (verse of Torah) to live with as intimate friend and teacher for the year. Course led by Nili Weissman. 

Dates for Cohort 1 (3-6 PM): 11/10, 12/8, 1/12, 2/9, 3/15, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7, 7/12, 8/9, 9/6 (5PM)

Dates for Cohort 2 (5-8PM): 11/24, 12/22, 1/19, 2/23, 3/29, 4/26, 5/24, 6/28, 7/12, 8/9 (3PM), 9/13 (3PM)

Location: Location Given Upon Registration

Time: See Above for Cohort Times

Register: Click here to register.

Full Year: Members: $275 + 25 One Time Supplies Fee, Non Members: $330 +25 One Time Supplies Fee


A Festival of Neo-Hasidut Spirituality

Join us on December 8th for a day long exploration and celebration of neo-hasidic music, spirituality, mediation, and more. To be held at the JCC of Manhattan. Registration coming (through the JCC). Celebrate and learn with spiritual leaders including Rabbi Ingber, Professor Art Green, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Hazzan Basya Schechter, and more!

Date: 12/8

Location: JCC Manhattan – 334 Amsterdam Ave.

Time: Day Long Program

Register: Through the JCC.

SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE

Igniting the Spark in the Heart  With Rabbah Saphir Noyman Eyal

Romemu’s Scholar in Residence and Reflective Practitioner

The Zohar is Judaism’s foundational mystical work. What does it ask of us and of our generation?  What does it teach us about intimacy with the Divine? During this weekend intensive, we will enter the realm of the Zohar through contemplation, text study, partner learning, group discussion, and prayer.

Save the Date: Thursday, January 23- Sunday, January 26th

Location:  The Romemu Center – 176 West 105th St.

Time: Weekend long program, more information coming soon.

Register: Registration coming soon.