Muswell Hill Synagogue
Tetzaveh 15/16 February 2019 5.00pm 6.05pm

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.

THE NEXT MEETINGS:

Sunday 6th January 2019, 8-10pm

NURTURING AND HUMANKIND: CELEBRATION OF WOMEN

Talk and discussion with Esther Livingstone

In this open-ended discussion led by Esther Livingstone, we will explore the meaning and symbolism of Rosh Chodesh and Tu b’Shevat –  and the woman’s role in nurturing and fulfilling human potential.  Opportunity for lots of questions and varied insights. Women of all ages – including mothers and daughters – very welcome!

Esther has been a teacher in the Jewish Studies Department at Hasmonean High School and rebbetzin at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue.

Refreshments provided. £3 contribution appreciated.

Venue: home of Deborah Cohen, 14A Leaside Mansions, London N10 3EB (corner of Collingwood Avenue and Fortis Green). 0757 243 77

RSVP: Judith Devons:  or Deborah Cohen 07708 110 265

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8-10pm

FOLLOWING OUR PROFESSIONAL DREAMS: 

Interior designers who mix vintage and modern

Tamara Broido – a Muswell Hill Synagogue member – and her partner Julia Alexander invite us into Tamara’s home to share their inspired designing, talk about their dream career and answer our questions.

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

Tamara left her career in law and advertising to follow a dream. She studied Decorative Art History at the V&A Museum and volunteered at Kenwood House. It inspired her to set up Reclectic, sourcing antique and vintage pieces for clients and her online shop.

With her colleague Julia – an experienced designer and speaker at events such as Grand Designs and Ideal Home Show they formed an interior styling company, Alex and Bro. (www.alexandbro.com) As well as taking on commissions to redesign people’s homes, they offer tailored workshops, design surgeries, tips and talks.

Refreshments provided. £3 contribution appreciated.

Venue: home of Tamara Broido – 35 Pages Hill, N10 1PX

Please RSVP: Judith Devons: 

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 8-10pm 

FEMALE, JEWISH AND AN ENGINEER: 

Opportunities and challenges of a male-dominated profession

Rachel Morris shares her experiences and leads a discussion on breaking down professional stereotypes.

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

Rachel is a civil engineer who, over the past 20 years, has worked on multiple construction projects in London.  She is still the only Jewish engineer – and woman – working front line on site.  In more recent years she has been publicising the profession and breaking down the stereotypes.  In fact, she has been able to work flexible hours and have a work-life balance that was new territory for the construction team.

Refreshments provided. £3 contribution appreciated.

Venue:  NEEDED PLEASE!!!

Please RSVP: Judith Devons: 

 

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:

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