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9-10 Iyyar, 5771 • May 13-14, 2011 Parsha Behar Shabbat Candles: 7:46pm 24-25th Day of the Omer

Rome'News and Upcoming Events Shabbat Services West End Presbyterian Church 165 W 105th Street Please refrain from using your mobile devices within the sanctuary, whether texting or merely checking the time. Please consider the time we are together worshipping to be beyond the reach of time and other mundane matters and worthy of our undivided attention. May 13/14 Shabbat Services

Count Me In - The 2011 Membership Drive

Honoring Five Years & Rabbi David Ingber

Curent Members of Romemu, now is the time to renew. If you’re not yet a member of Romemu, now is the time to join us. By becoming a member of Romemu, you express your desire and commitment to playing a vital role within this growing community.

Please join us for an evening with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, honoring Rabbi David Ingber's leadership and the growth of Romemu. Monday, June 13, 2011. This exciting evening will raise funds to spark a new path towards building Renewal Judaism in New York City. Cocktails, teaching, poetry and special guest musicians in attendance at this affair in the home of the Polis Schutz Family.

Upcoming Member Events: -Friday, May 20 Shabbat Home Share Dinner -Sunday, May 22 Romemu Families at Eden Village Farm for Lag b'Omer -Plus festive events with poet Minx Boren By joining Romemu now, you become our future. For more information on how to renew or join:

Contact the Romemu office for more details and for more information on other upcoming events with Reb Zalman. RSVP to attend: or call 212-580-4294

Upcoming Community Events Romemu Members Host Shabbat Dinner

Friday, May 20, 9:00pm If you are interested in a private home shabbat potluck please email Jamie Askin, whether you are interested in hosting or being hosted, your level of Kashrut observance, allergies, and address, specify the following: RSVP:

Romemu Family Day at Eden Village - A Lag b'Omer Event

Sunday, May 22, 1:00pm Join Romemu's Hebrew Kids at Eden Village for an educational tour, handson volunteer project, and lessons from Rabbi David Ingber. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Eden Village offers an immersive education in Jewish values to build a sustainable, just and a spiritually connected world. To register visit:

Friday: 5:00pm Sha'baby Family Oneg with Rabbi Jennifer Tobenstein and Ariel Rosen Ingber 5:30pm Sha'baby Shabbat Service led by Zach Fredman 7:00pm Shabbat Services led by Rabbi David Ingber with Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit 8:30 Shabbat Community Potluck Saturday: 8:30am: ShabbatAsana Yoga with Jennifer Krueger 9:30am: Meditation 10:00am: Shabbat Services led by Rabbi David Ingber 12:30 Kiddush sponsored by Elana Shneyer & Adam Kaufman in honor of their anniversary To sponsor Shabbat flowers or a kiddush, please contact: Classes with Rabbi Ingber Kabbalah Cafe' Tuesdays, 7:00pm Join us as we explore the mysteries of the Kabbalah in an intimate setting. Free for Members, $10 for Non-members. RSVP to attend:

Featured Event:

Shavuot with Reb Zalman: The Festival of First Fruits Tuesday-Friday, June 7-10

Join Reb Zalman SchachterShalomi, Eve Ilsen, Rabbi David Ingber, Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit, Marcia Prager and Hazzan Jack Kessler at this ALEPH, P'nai Or and Romemu co-sponsored retreat. Together we will take part in study, lectures, practices and discussions that will open your heart and mind to your own first fruits. For more information and to register call 1-800-398-2630 or visit

KabaLove in NYC: Sacred Relationships for our Generation with Rabbi Ohad and Dawn Ezrahi Saturday & Sunday, May 14-15 Romemu is pleased to announce this love centered conference created by our friend and teacher Rabbi Ohad. KabaLove teaches the sacred work of connecting deeper to our romantic relationships. Location: Jeanette Stoner Loft, 83 Leonard Street, 5th Floor. Romemu members will receive a 10% discount. For more information:

The Dialogue Project 9th Annual Citywide Interfaith Teach-In: Approaching the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The 14th International Kallah June 27 to July 3 Kallah is the Jewish Renewal retreat that happens every two years. Visit or contact Jonathan Baron, our local representative at 212-242-6567.

Sunday, May 15 A Romemu co-sponsored event, join Rabbi David Ingber and a host of teachers from various faiths around New York in exploring faith after 9/11. To RSVP contact:

Contact Romemu:

In the Community

Rabbi David Ingber Founder & Spiritual Director

Romemu Book Circle:

308 W. 92nd Street, Ste. 5B 212.580.4294,

Shir Yaakov Feinstein-Feit Creative & Musical Director Jane Graver Director of Operations Jade Netanya Ullmann Development, Membership & Outreach Cassie Pena Administration

Wednesday, June 1 at 8:00pm. This group is reading Arthur Green's Ehyeh that can be purchased online at To RSVP and for location email:

Sacred Quilt Project:

Leona Strassberg Steiner invites you to help build our sacred space through the creation of a quilt. Please decorate your own quilt square (at the back of the schul) and mail to 308 W. 92nd Street, Suite 5B, by June 6.

The Religion of Love with Deepak Chopra

Monday, May 16, 6:30pm ABC Carpet and Home, 888 Broadway and East 19th Street, invites Rabbi David Ingber, Deepak Chopra and Andrew Harvey to discuss Rumi and Love. You must RSVP to attend: 646-602-3590.

Open Minded Torah with William Kolbrener

Thursday, May 19, 7:00pm Romemu is hosting William Kolbrener, one of the most important emerging Jewish voices of our generation in a lecture on: Torah and the Pleasure Principle-telling his own story of struggles with adapting to Jewish observance and what this means for creativity and individuality, and hence the abandonment of pleasure. Sharing these challenges, Kolbrener, author of Open Minded Torah, tells how he found pleasure in unexpected places. RSVP to attend:

Refuah Shlemah

We would like to wish a speedy recovery and blessings of healing upon Karen Miriam Rosenbaum, Miriam Rose, Batia and Chaim Melamed, Sally Staver, Blanche and Jack Frank, Frank Palmer, Mortan Tankus and Phillip Jones.

Mazal Tov

Chani Getter will be speaking at a panel discussion on homosexuality in the Orthodox Jewish Community at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale at 8:00pm, Monday, May 16. Carol Forman is performing in the play "In the Voices of Our Mothers," at the Park Slope Jewish Center, 2:00pm, Sunday, May 15.

Rome News and Events May 13  

Romemu Shabbat Newsletter, May 13