Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00 p.m.
As we begin a New Year we invite women of all ages and stages to join us. Our gatherings are always fun, insightful, a chance to connect with others, and an opportunity for spiritual growth.
This Month: Self-Compassion
The Torah tells us to treat others with the same loving-kindness that we show ourselves. However, this seems to take for granted that we treat ourselves kindly. For most of us, treating others with compassion comes naturally. When we see someone in distress, our heart instinctively goes out to them. But what about when we are having challenges? If you are like most people, that gentleness you display towards others is often replaced with self-criticism and judgment. During this Rosh Chodesh gathering, we will talk about what it means to be self-compassionate, what blocks self-compassion, and tools you need to cultivate self-compassion.
Shayna Kaufmann will host our group and guide our learning this month. Guests are welcome to bring a dairy or pareve appetizer or dessert, or a beverage or domestic wine to share.
There is no charge but we do ask that you let us know you’ll be joining us…even if you know where Shayna lives. We’ll share Shayna’s address when you RSVP. You may email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office.
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