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.
AUGUST ROSH CHODESH GROUP
Thursday 20th August 2020 – 8-9pm
A LIFE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS AND WRONGS
Talk and discussion with Irene Mansfield, who will share anecdotes about her life in politics and education, race relations and women’s issues.
We all know Irene as a life-long member of Muswell Hill Synagogue who is on the Council, represents us on the Board of Deputies and is very involved in organising the Annual Civic Service.
Less well known is that after obtaining a law degree and post-graduate qualifications, Irene became legal officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties, Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Association and advocate for witnesses in the Crown Court. Passionate about education, she is also governor of two schools and steadfast member of the Labour Party.
We are honoured and delighted that Irene will share stories – many humorous – about her varied and deeply committed career, answer questions and elaborate on topics that we wish to pursue.
All women and girls welcome. Zoom details available on request.
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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……
BLESS YOU, BLESS ME! – Talk and discussion led by Rebbetzin Shuli Liss
BUILDING RESILIENCE IN CHANGING TIMES – Talk and discussion with Judith Krichefski
GABY KOPPEL shares her story – MY BRILLIANT TV CAREER: Fabulously name-dropping memories of my life in broadcasting
JUDAISM AND ASTROLOGY: Is it written in the stars? A thought-provoking discussion lead by Jewish educator, Mimi Meyer
JOURNEYS: Leaving the ultra-orthodox world – A talk given by Linda Turner, Toni Marcus and Judith Ellenbogen
CAN WOMEN HAVE IT ALL: top job, happy family, healthy body and Friday night dinner on the table? – A talk by Rachel Anticoni
‘JUDAISM FOR SCHOOLS’ – Talk and hands-on activities led by Ruth Jampel
GRANDCHILDREN OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS: continuing impact? Talk and discussion led by psychotherapist Judi Bauernfreund.
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