Eshet Chayil Event

You are invited to an evening of inspiration for the special days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Inspiring messages for these days, inspiring mothers and their daughters, inspiring song, food, company – it’s all there at the Eshet Chayil fourth annual event on Thursday 29th September, the fourth day of Tishrei.  In memory of Rebbetzin Chaya Z. Kramer ז”ל for her yahrzeit on Yom Kippur. 

An in-person event at a local home with limited space so please get in early and book. We will provide the location details as well as a zoom link after registering. Register here


A Treasure of a Treasurer

We welcome Rivka Pinczower (Naparstek) to our Board of Management as Treasurer. Mazal Tov Rivki for taking on this important position and we wish you much success in this role. Together may we go mei’chayil el choyil, from strength to strength, as an organisation that empowers, nurtures and connects women from all walks of life.


The Inner Circle

The Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle is proud to announce that the members of the Inner Circle have just met for the first time. So many new ideas were bounced around at this session, and we are just now beginning to see the seeds of these new ideas blossom at the RCWC.
Just one of the exciting projects that some of the Inner Circle women have chosen to assist with is the RCWC annual Eshet Chayil event which will next be held on 29th September.
If this event, or any of our other projects, has caught your interest and you would like to be a part of the planning and launching of initiatives, then we invite you to apply to join us and see which one (or more!) of our projects suits your talents and interests.
We look forward to seeing what you will be bringing to the Inner Circle!
To learn more, please click here.


The Perth RCWC

The month of Av is known to be a time of mourning, but as the women of Perth learnt in the Dvar Torah at their Rosh Chodesh Av event on Thursday 28th July, it is also about reaching out to others and helping another Jew.

The RCWC in Perth were privileged to invite Einat Leib to be the speaker at their event, where she shared her story of her journey in Judaism, from South Africa to Australia to Israel, and how she has been helped along her way and now helps others.

A group of over 30 women were welcomed at the event, some who have become regulars, as well as newcomers, and enjoyed the nurturing atmosphere of a RCWC event. Dried fruit, heart shaped cookies and chocolate hearts were included in the catering in keeping with the themes of the month.

After the formal part of the evening, women were invited to make a keyring with ‘Tefillat Haderech’ (prayer for the traveller) on one side of the keyring, and the option to decorate the other side and write a message reminding them that Hashem is with us and knows our journey, whether it is physical or spiritual.

The Perth RCWC is now looking forward to its next event on Rosh Chodesh Elul, and gratefully acknowledges Yogev and Miriam Aharon from Kosher Kingdom for their generous donation of the honey portions that will be presented to the guests at this coming event.

Update: The Elul event was magnificent and we look forward to another successful year with the RCWC. Thank you to the RCWC for your amazing programs, ongoing gifts and guidance for the past year.


The Inner Circle

Women who are aligned with the mission, vision and strategy of the RCWC and its aspiration to empower, nurture and connect Jewish women; women who love outreach and would like to form a friendly and happy circle of friendship are invited to reach out to us to become part of The Inner Circle.

Many have asked over the years how to join the RCWC. They love coming to our events, and enjoy everything the RCWC has to offer. ‘But how do we become a member and really connect and become part of what you do?’, they would ask.

Today we plant the seeds to welcome you to our inner circle nestled comfortably within the wider circle of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle.

Reach out to us to share our passion and become a member of our inner circle.


Birthday Surprises

We have lined up birthday surprises for Tammuz and Av birthdays. Make sure you are registered on our website to receive the birthday offers. If you need help finding out when your Jewish birthday is or you need help registering on our website contact Tali at tali@rcwc.org.au
Alternately, calculate your birthday on the Jewish Birthday Calculator and register here: https://rcwc.org.au/register/.

Happy birthday for Tammuz and Av birthdays. May the year ahead be filled with blessings.


Lady Anna Cowen o.b.m.

RCWC extends our condolences to the Cowen family on the passing of Lady Anna Cowen. In title as well as deed, this graceful and beautiful woman was truly a ‘lady’ in every sense of the word, impacting all those with whom she came in contact.

The Shiur Group women of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle were blessed when she told her story at their event several years ago. The video of her story will be added to our collection of stories on our website in the next month or so. To view the videos of stories on our website, register here. (If you are already registered for our birthday project, first log in and then click on “update access” to request access to the videos.)

We take this opportunity to thank Miriam Cowen and Marla Cowen for their “Message of the Month” articles used for the RCWC programs. How special is it that three generations of Cowens are connected with the RCWC, a first for our organisation.


The Power of Story

Once a month on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Jewish month, women gather together to listen to the unfolding story of one family, told by one woman… Through the power of story, shared with food, laughter and love, each woman joins in the chain of tradition and is inspired to realise her power in creating the future.

This is the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle.

Enjoy this additional reading with an article by our very own Elissa Blaser, co-founder and vice president of the RCWC. Telling Our Story

This Chabad.org article by Asharon Baltazar validates the RCWC emphasis on the power of stories since 2009. Copyright and reprinted with permission of Chabad.org. Did you Know That G-d Loves Stories?

Everyone has a story at the RCWC. Connect with us to share your story or to have the opportunity to listen to stories shared by others at a RCWC event.


Perth RCWC - A Pictorial

Perth’s Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle welcomed over 30 women who came together for Rosh Chodesh Sivan.

They were presented with the message of the month which taught that although the giving of the Torah occurred many years ago, its messages are real and timely, and that it is up to us today to keep the links in the chain sturdy and ongoing to ensure a Jewish tomorrow.

Sarah-Lee Meisels then shared her inspiring story about her return to Perth to educate future Jewish generations. She explained her mission to educate the Jewish youth in Perth and to ensure that stories, such as those of her grandfather who survived the Holocaust and who had recently passed away, are never forgotten.

Finally, all participants had the opportunity to experience a self-care session with kinesiologist Michelle Avichzer. Michelle ran a short meditation and explained how to tap into the power of essential oils and their properties. Participants were also given the opportunity to make their own personalised essential oil rollers as a take home gift. This activity was followed by mingling and enjoying mini cheesecakes and food.

With increasing numbers of women in attendance at each event, planning for the next event at Rosh Chodesh Av is off to a flying start.

A picture speaks a thousand words. In addition to the report, we are adding a lovely collection of awesome photos of their recent Sivan event.
Would you like to start a RCWC group of your own, with our assistance? Be in touch.


Connecting through Candle Lighting - Meditation

The calmest moment of the week is, without question, when lighting the Shabbat candles. Ahhh… peace… serenity… When Shabbat comes, peace comes. Peace within, peace with others, peace with Hashem and peace in His beautiful world. An internal peace. A day of joy and delight.

As part of our candle lighting project, we are introducing a new meditation for each week to be broadcast with the candle lighting times to enhance your candle lighting experience. In addition, a meditation for the month will be sent every Rosh Chodesh.