Muswell Hill Synagogue
Shabbat Chayei Sarah 13/14 November 3.59pm 5.03pm

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.

NEXT MEETING:

NOVEMBER 2020 – ROSH CHODESH GROUP  – KISLEV 5781 – 

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 – 8.30pm to 9.30pm

WHAT WERE SERVICES LIKE BEFORE WE HAD SYNAGOGUES?  

Part 2: What was the role of women in the Beit Hamikdash? –

Illustrated talk and discussion with Esther Livingstone.

Continuing our illustrated exploration of life in the Beit Hamikdash, once the centre for daily services.  In this second talk the focus will be the role of women, with plenty time for questions and discussion.

Esther Livingstone is from New York, where she obtained a Hebrew teachers’ degree from Yeshiva University. In London, she has taught at Hasmonean, twice been a rebbetzin, and continues her passion to teach and learn.

All women and girls welcome

For further  information, contact Judith Devons

0757 243 7766

OCTOBER 2020 – ROSH CHODESH GROUP  – CHESHVAN 5781

Tuesday 20th October 2020 – 8-9.15pm

WHAT WERE SERVICES LIKE BEFORE WE HAD SYNAGOGUES? 

Illustrated talk and discussion with Esther Livingstone

We all know that before we had synagogues all over the world, the Temple – or Beit Hamikdash – was the centre for daily services. But what was it actually like?

In this colourful and beautifully illustrated talk, we will learn about the musical instruments, the incense and offerings, and what the Cohenim and Leviim actually did in Temple days.

Esther Livingstone is from New York, where she obtained a Hebrew teachers’ degree from Yeshiva University. In London, she has taught at Hasmonean, twice been a rebbetzin, and continues her passion to teach and learn.

All women and girls welcome. 

Zoom details to follow.

 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:

WHAT WERE SERVICES LIKE BEFORE WE HAD SYNAGOGUES?:  Illustrated talk and discussion with Esther Livingstone

A LIFE WITH HUMAN RIGHTS AND WRONGS:  Talk and discussion with Irene Mansfield, who shared anecdotes about her life in politics and education, race relations and women’s issues.

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