Muswell Hill Synagogue
Vayetze 24 November 2017 3.46pm 4.52pm

Rosh Chodesh group

The Rosh Chodesh Group meets at the beginning of each month in the Jewish calendar, usually in people's houses.

It’s an opportunity for women of all ages in the community to get to know one another better whilst discussing a topical subject of Jewish interest, always followed, of course, by delicious refreshments! Usually we have a guest speaker, either a member of Muswell Hill Shul or a visitor, and we welcome suggested topics and speakers. If you haven’t come before, or are new to the shul, or thinking of becoming a member, do come along. Email  if you’d like to join our mailing list.

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Future ROSH CHODESH GROUP meetings for your diary:

Everyone warmly welcomed. Talks starts around 8.15,  followed by discussion and refreshments. £3 donation appreciated.

Wednesday 25th October, 8-10pm

“BRITAIN – the sacred refuge of mankind?” Current responses in Britain to asylum seekers and refugees.

Margaret Brearley shares some of the challenges facing refugees and the inspirational and innovative projects that are helping them. She was asked to interview British volunteers working on behalf of refugees after writing about therapists supporting torture survivors. Her interviews are the basis for a forthcoming book chapter.

Venue: Home of Deborah Cohen, 14a Leaside Mansions, Fortis Green N10 3EB

Please rsvp Deborah by email:


Monday 20th November, 8-10pm


Talk and discussion with co-chairs Helen Style and Jacqui Zinkin

Venue: Home of Margaret Brearley


Monday 18th December, 8-10pm


Amalia Michaels shares more back stories of science

Venue: Home of Abigail Stein



Please contact Judith Devons at 


AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, WE NOW HAVE A WOMEN’S PAGE IN SHALOM! magazine. Please let me know your ideas for the next issue!!!

Some ideas from an informal discussion of opportunities for empowering women through learning – suggestions below and anything else that you think of. 


1-  We can all gain in Jewish knowledge – individually and/or by forming a study group.

2 – We can improve our level of Hebrew in conversation groups.

3 – We can learn to say kaddish.

4 – We can acquire practical skills for the women’s services, such as leyning and leading davening.

5 – We can bring courses from LSJS (the London School of Jewish Studies).

6 – We can design and publicise a bat mitzvah programme – with booklets for families that incorporate a commitment for the girl that goes beyond the bat mitzvah year – eg reading at least 3 verses at least twice over the following two years.

7 –  We can form a focus group – parents and youth – to find out what they want and how to make it exciting.

8 –  We can create intergenerational learning programme – perhaps including shared films, discussions on moral issues, etc.

9 –  We can have a women’s kaddish co-ordinator for women to offer 5-min communal learning in someone’s memory – as well as kaddish.

10 – We can have a baby blessing co-ordinator for women to write something to say communally.

11 – We can organise women’s readings of Ruth, Shir Hashirim and Kohelet at the appropriate festivals.

12  – YOUR IDEAS……


Previous meetings:

FROM CONSULTANCY TO CRIME with novelist Karen Millie-JamesJanuary 2017. 8pm

WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?  Patient Choice and Confidentiality – Talk given by Dr Nicola Marks

EINSTEIN – THE SCIENTIST AND THE MAN  A talk given by Amalia Michaels


Women’s Shabbat service leyning:

Following the development of the women’s shabbat service, we would like to increase opportunities for women who would like to learn to leyn a part of the sedra.  If you are interested in taking part in a session where you can learn to leyn (open to women and girls) please email Ruth Teacher