NEW YORK (RNS) —  A Presbyterian who unknowingly wandered into West End Presbyterian Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last week on the eve of the Jewish High Holidays might have been stunned to find the nearly 1,000 members of the Romemu congregation inhabiting the red-carpeted Romanesque-revival space, combining the traditional Rosh Hashana liturgy with ecstatic chants, moments of silent meditation and uninhibited dancing.

Then again, so might many Jews who are unfamiliar with Romemu’s unorthodox spectacle.

Romemu’s energy, its interfaith influences and egalitarian worship — not to mention its sheer size — have made it a phenomenon in a city that has no lack of standout synagogues. It draws Jews of all ages, races and denominations, former Orthodox Jews to spiritual seekers, Wall Streeters

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