Muswell Hill Synagogue
Beha'alotecha 21/22 June 2019 9.07pm 10.28pm

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 5th June 2019, 8-10pm

CONNECTING HEAVEN AND EARTH: Exploring personal and collective meaning.

Discussion led by Judith Devons with writing, Shavuot references and visual explorations.

This year Judith is in the Susie Bradfield programme at the London School of Jewish Studies. This evening’s talk  has evolved from a recent presentation that she gave there – plus the inspiration of an amazing Rosh Chodesh group that she went to last month in Tel Aviv.

Women of all ages – including mothers and daughters – very welcome!

Venue: home of Judith Devons. Flat 2, 25 Woodlands Avenue, N3 2NS

RSVP Judith to this email or text 0757 243 7766 for catering purposes

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:

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