Learning Well

Find everything you need to know about Learning Well courses below. If you have any questions, please contact Education Administrator Eden Sidney Foster at eden@romemu.org.

Israel Lit

with Ronnie Scharfman and Rhonna Rogal

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.

Dates & Books: 9/27 – Hala Alyan’s Salt Houses, 11/15 – Ruby Namdar’s The Ruined House, 1/10 – Amos Oz’s Judas, 2/21 – Orly Castel Bloom’s An Egyptian Novel, 4/4 – David Grossman’s A Horse Walked into a Bar, 5/23 – Batya Gur’s Bethelem Road Murder

Location: Location shared upon registration.

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Entire Series: Members: $100, Non Members: $125

Individual Sessions: Members: $20, Non Members: $25

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Aleph Bet I

with Wendy Miles

We will start with 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. The class will be conducted in a relaxed and interactive environment.

Day/Time: Wednesday’s from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Semester 1: October 17 – February 13

No Class: November 7, November 21

Semester 2: February 27 – June 26

No Class: March 20

Location: Romemu 165 West 105th street at Amsterdam Avenue, Third Floor

Full Year: Members: $300, Non Members: $400

Individual Semesters: Members: $150, Non Members: $200

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Aleph Bet II

with Jeremy Rosenshine

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.

Day/Time: Sundays from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Semester 1: October 14 – February 10

No Class: October 28

Semester 2: February 17 – June 30

No Class: March 31, May 12, June 16

Location: Romemu Office 43 Central Park North, Suite 1A

Full Year: Members: $300, Non Members: $400

Individual Semesters: Members: $150, Non Members: $200

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Walking The Path: Judaism for Beginners

with Rabbi Mira Rivera

Jewish practice is active sacred engagement. We are in dynamic relationship with the divine, the text and each other; (not necessarily in that order!) Wherever you are along your spiritual way, this year-long, two-semester course, offers to meet you there; and invites you to continue on your Jewish journey. Whether that means exploring conversion, approaching the tradition for the first time, or reinvigorating and reimagining your Jewish life.

Note:  Participants will have the option to be paired with mentors who will  be available as a resource for living Jewishly. There will also be a mid-year urban retreat where we will enjoy Shabbat meals and study together.

Note: Students may register for the fall semester, the spring semester, or for the full year. For those without prior Jewish education, this course is a required part of the conversion process at Romemu.

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, followed by additional Torah Tuesday programing. Learn more here.

Semester 1: October 23 – February 12

No Class: December 25, January 1

Semester 2: February 26 – June 11

No Class: April 23

Location: Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, 805 Columbus Avenue at 100th Street

Full Year: Members: $300, Non Members: $400

Individual Semesters: Members: $150, Non Members: $200

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Never Too Late: B Mitzvah Journey for Life Long Learners

with Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses and Hazzan Basya Schechter

Traditionally, one becomes a bat or bar mitzvah at the age of twelve or thirteen.  Some of us did not have that opportunity as children and want a second chance. Others of us did have that opportunity, but the B Mitzvah ritual felt rote– something we did because we were expected to. 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 a one-year program of preparation. In addition, this course gives participants tools for more active synagogue participation and leadership.

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM, followed by additional Torah Tuesday programing. Learn more here.

Semester 1: October 23 – February 12

No Class: December 25, January 1

Semester 2: February 26 – June 11

No Class: April 23

Location: Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, 805 Columbus Avenue at 100th Street

Tuition: Members: $300, Non Members: $400

Please click here to register.

The Complexity of Truth: Romemu’s Fall Beit Midrash

With Guest Teachers

What is Truth? Our Torah is full of complex narratives woven together from radically different perspectives and The Talmud is rich with stories of rabbis who derive truth through disagreement. Midrashim and Zohar contain parables and allegories that signify truth in a diversity of voices. How is this different from the chaos of communication we hear and see around us daily? The Fall semester beit midrash will explore the complexity of truth. We will read, analyze and discuss texts taught by master teachers from the Romemu community on a variety of Jewish topics which will engage us in a profound relationship to the layered nature of their truths–an alternative to the polarized thinking of our present age.

Day/Time: Tuesdays from 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Semester 1: October 23 – February 12

No Class: December 25, January 1

Semester 2: February 26 – June 11

No Class: April 23

Location: Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, 805 Columbus Avenue at 100th Street

This is a drop in course.  A donation of $10 is welcome but not required.

Learn more about Torah Tuesday’s here.