Women’s Rosh Hodesh

There is a legend told that when the Israelites came to create the golden calf, the men asked the women to give them all their jewellery and gold to be melted down for the calf.

The women refused to supply their jewels and as a reward a special festival was given to them: the festival of Rosh Hodesh, the celebration of the new moon.

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A number of women in our congregation expressed an interest in participating in a Rosh Hodesh group and began meetings in 1999. We hold our gatherings on the day of the new moon and as such, the day of the week changes every month.

We have a range of ages and perspectives in our group which is warm, welcoming and open. We embrace the diversity in our congregation and are always delighted when new people join us.

Our gatherings begin at 8:00pm in private homes and we also have a zoom option. We open with a short prayer for the new month and continue to a discussion about a topic connected to the month or our journeys as Jewish women, and of course, there is always a lot of food and wonderful conversation.

Every year we also hold our women’s seder during Pesach where we engage with the themes of the festival and women. We use our own Haggadah which was created by the group. Take a look at the Pesach section of the website for details of this year’s seder.

For details of the location and next Rosh Hodesh gathering contact the synagogue info@emanuel.org.au and we can add you to our mailing list.

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