Muswell Hill Synagogue
Vaetchanan 23/24 August 2019 8.07pm 9.11pm

Rosh Chodesh Group

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

The RCG provides 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.

THE NEXT MEETING:

Wednesday 30th October 2019, 8-10pm

GRANDCHILDREN OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: continuing impact?

Talk and discussion led by psychotherapist Judi Bauernfreund.

Judi Bauernfreund is a psychotherapist with a special interest in working with clients who – like herself – are descendants of Holocaust survivors. She wrote her dissertation on this subject for her MA in Psychotherapy, with an emphasis on the third generation. Judi also has an MA in Holocaust Studies and an undergraduate degree in Law.

Judi was born and  lives in North London with her family and currently has a private practice as an existential psychotherapist as well as working for two Jewish charities – Chai and the Raphael Jewish Counselling Service, where she is Senior Intake Counsellor. Her interest stems from her experience of being the grandchild of two people who escaped the fate that befell their parents and other relatives. She found much research on the effects of the Holocaust on the second generation of survivor families yet very little about the third generation who also grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust and feel its impact.

Venue Home of Steph Mount, Flat 6, Ashmount Lodge, 56 Muswell Hill, N10 3ST

RSVP:   to Judith on this email or text 0757 243 7766 – extremely helpful for hostess’ seating and catering.

Refreshments provided. £3 contribution appreciated. 

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Thursday 28th November

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ‘JUDAISM FOR SCHOOLS’

Talk and hands-on activities led by Ruth Jampel

Ruth is the director / lead educator of Judaism for schools, delivering interactive workshops and assemblies in non – Jewish schools and colleges.

Join us to find out about her typical educational visits, handle some artefacts  and try your hand at some fun activities.

Venue Home of Ruth Jampel, 49 Baronsmere Road N2 9QG

RSVP:   to Judith on this email or text 0757 243 7766 – extremely helpful for hostess’ seating and catering.

Refreshments provided. £3 contribution appreciated. 

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. 

SOME SUGGESTIONS:

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:

CONNECTING HEAVEN AND EARTH: Exploring personal and collective meaning.  A discussion led by Judith Devons with writing, Shavuot references and visual explorations.

FEMALE, JEWISH AND AN ENGINEER:  Opportunities and challenges of a male-dominated profession – Rachel Morris shared her experiences and led a discussion on breaking down professional stereotypes.

FOLLOWING OUR PROFESSIONAL DREAMS – Interior designers who mix vintage and modern:  A talk by Tamara Broido and Julia Alexander

NURTURING AND HUMANKIND: CELEBRATION OF WOMEN:  Talk and discussion with Esther Livingstone

DANCE MIDRASH – EXPLORING AND UNDERSTANDING TORAH TEXT THROUGH MOVEMENT:  An overview, practical experience (for those who wanted!) and video clips with Jackie Waltz

UNRAVELLING MINDS: Cake before therapy – A Talk and Discussion with Emma Levinson

RASHI AND HIS VIEWS ON WOMEN – A talk and discussion led by Michelle Sint

STORIES FROM “JEWISH LONDON”, “SECRET WHITECHAPEL” AND “WOMEN’S LONDON” – A presentation by Rachel Kosky, Blue Badge Guide

NEW HORIZONS – ISRAELI ART IN THE EARLY YEARS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL – Talk and discussion with Helena Miller

THE SACRIFICE OF ESTHER: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ESTHER’S ROLE IN THE PURIM STORY – With guest speaker Mimi Meyer

MINDFULNESS:  THE BENEFITS AND PRACTICE – with Jo Kaye, an accredited mindfulness coach

HITLER’S GIFT: THE SCIENTISTS (MOSTLY JEWS) WHO BUILT THE ATOMIC BOMB – More back stories of science from Amalia Michaels

US WOMEN AND ITS RELEVANCE FOR US – November 2017 – Talk and discussion with Co-Chair Jacqui Zinkin and Treasurer Helen Style

“BRITAIN – THE SACRED REFUGE OF MANKIND?” CURRENT RESPONSES IN BRITAIN TO ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES – October 2017 – Talk given by Margaret Brearley

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