Monday, May 6th, 7:00 p.m.
This month we’ll gather at Tifereth Israel. Lili Feingold will guide our learning and conversation following the screening of our trigger film (a short film used to “trigger” conversation), A-MAISEH. The film depicts the warm relationship between Mendel, an elderly Holocaust survivor, and his Filipino caretaker, Jose. The friendship is tested when Jose does not have a work permit and the police begin searching the neighborhood for illegal foreign workers.
The event is complimentary. Guests are welcome to bring new, sealed food dairy or pareve items that are clearly marked with a kosher symbol. Items that are marked as vegan may also be shared. No other food will be used.
The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages.
A Rosh Chodesh group can provide a unique opportunity for women to share experiences. Talking about the joys and challenges of relationships with significant others, family and friends; the need for a spiritual dimension in our day-to-day lives; experiences with death and mourning; our Jewish upbringing, choice to be Jewish or grappling with the questions of those who are experiencing an inter-religious relationship–all are potential themes to explore. Sharing our unique stories allows each of us to broaden our own knowledge while creating a bond between group members.
We hope to have women of all ages. We believe that our diversity will be our greatest strength and allow us to learn and grow from one another. Our Rosh Chodesh group plans to meet monthly, in various homes, and offer women an exclusive and meaningful opportunity.
Whether you’d like to host one month or have a suggestion for a discussion topic just let us know.
Sometimes we’re able to share materials with our guests and readers from past Rosh Chodesh gatherings. The links below will take you to pdf documents that our learning guides have shared. We hope you enjoy.
presented June 2017 by Susan Keller
presented January 2018 by Debbie Mishek
presented by Wendy Marnoy-Schlickman and Holly Gail Baumann