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The first Mitzvah given to the Jewish people before they even left Egypt was to sanctify the new moon and keep a calendar. From this we learn the great importance of sanctifying time and giving it the importance and honour it deserves.  As we approach Pesach we take the time to appreciate Rosh Chodesh Nissan, when this Mitzvah was given.  Every Rosh Chodesh is special, especially for women, as it became an occasion for reward and recognition for all that we do.  However, Rosh chodesh Nissan is extra special for us as this is when it all started.  Way back when …. when the Jewish women were encouraging and supporting the nation and bringing about the redemption through their faith, trust and actions.

At the RCWC we have launched a new project called ‘A Significant Day’ highlighting your Jewish birthday which is a significant day in the Jewish calendar, and isa cause for celebration, not just by the one who was born on that day, but by their family, friends and community too.  Our first event for this project is appropriately on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, Sunday March 14, at a restaurant to be announced for an 11am brunch. Places are limited, and we are prioritising our volunteers, Nissan birthdays and Birthday registrants. Click on New Moon News to read more.

From Shvat to Nissan

What a lovely gardening event RCWC™ Inc together with the BCOD RCWC group was celebrated on Rosh Chodesh Shvat.  

Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner spoke on the topic ‘The World is my Garden’ inspiring the 40 or so ladies who attended in person or via zoom to look at the world in a creative and inspiring way, as taught by the Lubavitcher Rebbes. When we perceive the world as Hashem’s garden, what follows is an understanding of what we can do to help create a garden that Hashem will indeed be comfortable in.   

Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick spoke on the topic ‘ The Uniqueness of You’, launching a new project for the RCWC in honour of her special birthday.  The project ‘A Significant Day – your Jewish birthday’ celebrates our individuality and contribution to this world each in her own unique way.  

Toni Rapp then shared practical and very useful gardening tips followed by questions and answers. Thanks to Bunnings we had lots of beautiful seedlings to give all the participants and Toni was there on hand to tell us how to take care of them. 

Our Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle events are certainly the place to be connected, empowered and nurtured.

Our next event on Rosh Chodesh Nissan will be celebrated as a continuation of our Shvat launch ‘A Significant Day’  At the Shvat launch the phrase was coined ‘an hour a week – an hour a month’ when looking for volunteers both for this project and for other areas of the RCWC.   Ettie Spigelman and Stera Gutnick have kindly joined the project and together we are planning a Rosh Chodesh Sunday (March 14) lunch event in a restaurant especially for our volunteers who sign up for ‘an hour a week or an hour a month’ preferably by Wednesday, March 3rd.  

To begin the discussion on what to sign up for, please contact us.    When you sign up let us know if your Jewish birthday is in Nissan, as we will have a special treat for you at the lunch.  

To find out when your Jewish birthday is checkout the Jewish birthday Calculator.

Combined Special Event Shvat 5781

Rosh Chodesh Shvat will be celebrated in ‘gardening’ style by the RCWC and hosted by BCOD.  Why gardening? In one week in the middle of Shvat we have ‘Tu B’Shvat’ New Year for Trees preceded by the 11th of Shvat, a day that we are reminded that the world is a garden and our mitzvot beautify this garden. All women and girls are welcome to attend by zoom or in person with current rules in place.  Register your interest or RSVP via our contact page. We look forward to celebrate and garden together!

For details, please contact RCWC.

Rosh Chodesh Kislev at BCOD

The ladies of Ohel Devorah welcomed the month of Kislev with a beautiful Zoom event, their first program after re-subscribing for this year.

The anticipation for the Kislev Rosh Chodesh Women’s circle event started before the actual event!

The Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle and Beis Chabad Ohel Devorah prepared beautiful gift packs for all the women to enjoy!

Many women came by to pick up their pack which included an aromatic candle, mint chocolates and a list of all the special dates coming in the month ahead!

The event on Tuesday night began with a Dvar Torah. Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner spoke about Yehudit whose bravery was a key in the small Jewish army winning over the Greek-Syrian army.

Mrs Lifshy Ajzensmidt inspired the audience with our life’s story and overcoming challenges. She began with her living in New York, then moving to Hong Kong and finally to Australia!

It was lovely to see all the ladies on zoom! Hopefully the next RCWC will be able to meet in person!

100 Women Attend Eshet Chayil Event

Following up the Eshet Chayil Project we launched last year to honour our mothers and grandmothers who have passed on, we hosted our second event prior to Yom Kippur to commemorate the second Yartzeit on Yom Kippur, of Rebbetzin Chaya Zelda Kramer. We warmly thank all those who contributed to the wonderful evening – Goldie Freedman, Debbie Wolf, Sylvia Cher and Karin Zafir, who honoured their mothers with their tributes; Mussia Kaminetsky and Miriam Althaus, who delivered poignant Divrei Torah, and Sara, Liba Leah and Raizel Gutnick for their musical entertainment. 

Baruch Hashem, the beautiful turnout to our Eshet Chayil evening testifies to the honour due our mothers and the heartwarming tributes that were shared about these remarkable women. We were moved by stories of their determination, devotion and joie de vivre, and entertained by anecdotes of their day-to-day lives. A lovely musical interlude charmed us all, and the Divrei Torah reminded us of deep lessons we learn from our righteous matriarchs. It was an evening of inspiration and connection very apt for the 10 days of repentance between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

Join us for our upcoming Eshet Chayil event

We are happy to announce another exciting event being planned for the women of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle. We will be hosting a Zoom Eshet Chayil evening, ‘Our Mothers, Our Matriarchs’, featuring four women in our community who will be sharing the moving and inspiring lives of their mothers, uplifting the mothers of today.

Two of our Dvar Torah Writers, Miriam Althaus and Mussie Kaminetzky will inspire our prayers when they speak on ‘The Power of a Mother’s Prayer’. A lovely musical interlude will rejuvenate our souls to tune into our mother’s prayers. We would love for you to join us, contact us here for a personal invitation and the Zoom details. See you there!

BCOD and Newtown welcome Elul

Ohel Devorah’s Elul Zoom event combined Mrs.Mina  Elbaum’s Shloshim with Elul words of inspiration by Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner and Story Presenter Mrs. Timmy Rubin.  At a Shloshim, it is customary to learn Mishnayos. In Pirkei Avos Perek 3 Mishna 10 Reb Chanina ben Dosa says, ‘Anyone who acts with love towards his fellow so that people find him to be pleasant, Hashem also finds pleasant, because that person has treated Hashem’s children well’. That mishna seemed like a perfect match for Mrs Elbaum and her kind, nurturing way. Mrs Elbaum was like royalty the way she warmly welcomed everyone into shule. She wouldn’t leave shule until she smiled and said something nice to everyone. She was like the Mezuzah on the door and was kissed by all who entered. Mrs Elbaum loved and cared about everyone. Rivkah also described how Mrs Elbaum loved davening and saying Tehilim so dearly.

Timmy Rubin ‘kept us on the edge of our seats as she shared her story of how she became who she is today’ said one of the RCWC event attendees. ‘We followed her fascinating journey from Melbourne, through India, Europe and New York before coming back to Melbourne. Thank you Timmy!

Newtown women’s Rosh Chodesh circle also had a wonderful evening welcoming in the new month of Elul. There was a wonderful attendance of ladies of all ages from around Sydney. Thanks to guest speaker psychologist Zipporah Oliver OAM for her personal and encouraging inspiration, taking us through the journey of time seeing where we’ve come from, where we’ve fallen short, trusting in hashem’s love to help us pick ourselves up and looking forward to forgiveness, healing relationships and reconnection to our own soul.

We got stuck into reading through some heavy duty Rosh Hashanah davening, and enjoyed real live singing as it befits a good farbrengen. The evening was dedicated to the memory and aliyas haneshomo of Elka Feldman’s grandfather Yaakov Yisroel Ben Shamai whose yahrtzeit is on the second night of Rosh Chodesh Elul and who loved the heartfelt song of a niggun.

It was also dedicated as a Refuah sheleima, complete and speedy recovery for a dear community member Judy Silver, Yehudis bas Shiphrah who is a stalwart of every event.

The ladies recalled that this now brings our Newtown Rosh Chodesh women’s circle to its anniversary month and immediately started planning for the next one!

The latest at RCWC

Two new projects, ‘Eshet Chayil’ and ‘Connecting through Candle Lighting’ were added as well as 3 new affiliates, Beis Chabad Ohel Devorah (BCOD), Newtown Shule (Sydney) and Chabad of Contra Costa (CofCC) (USA).

Our programs were adapted for zoom events and provided to our three newest  affiliates who  used them successfully for the months of Nissan, Iyar and Sivan.. 

Chabad of Contra Costa is a RCWC affiliate in the USA, in the state of California. Secretary of the RCWC, Naomi Rafael was visiting her Dad nearby several months ago and introduced Rebbetzin Chaya Berkowitz to our ‘concept of connecting, nurturing and empowering’ women on Rosh Chodesh ‘through the power of story’. For Nissan, Rebbetzin Chaya Berkowitz of Cof CC combined the RCWC event with her birthday celebrations, and for Iyar the Torah message written by Shulamit Nutovics was the highlight of their event.

For their Iyar event Ohel Devorah’s Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner  included a Story Presenter for the first time since they ventured into Zoom events. Sharon Sackville’s powerful story riveted and inspired the audience. For Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the RCWC Dvar Torah, written by Dr. Sara Rosenfeld, was well received followed by a delicious recipe swap which included stories behind the recipes.  For the month of Av in an event inviting the women for a cuppa and a story to share in memory of Mrs. Elisabeth Slater.

Newtown’s Rebbetzin Elka Feldman went to great effort to attract women who have a connection with them and their Shule. Women from all over the world, women of all ages and stages and from many walks of life participated in their event. This is one of the advantages of running virtual programs. History was made in Newtown, NSW, as this was their very first ever RCWC event.

The Expansion

Due to its popular appeal, moves were soon afoot to expand and offer this outstanding program to women’s groups in Melbourne.

In October 2013  Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle™, Inc was registered as a trademarked not-for–profit association. With the helpful guidance of consultants and the founding members our first Board meeting took place early in 2014 to formulate a mission, a vision and goals.  Our first Affiliate Bentleigh Chabad was soon followed by Merkos Women, The Shiur Group, North Eastern, South Caulfield and a new Project for seniors Linking the Generations.

We began at Elwood

On October 21, 2009  more than 50 women,  members of the Elwood Talmud Torah Shule in Melbourne Australia, attended the inaugural Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle event at the home of their Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick.  For the next five years the Elwood women were invited to a Rosh Chodesh evening of reward and recognition, connecting through their stories, absorbing the messages of every month, being nurtured and nourished in an atmosphere of camaraderie and acceptance.