Connecting Through Candle Lighting

Connecting through Candle Lighting

Have you ever been to a RCWC event and felt connected by the story, or by listening to a woman-empowering Dvar Torah or simply by enjoying the delicious themed food with its tastes and aromas of the month ahead.

You laughed, you learnt, you had fun – all in the warm atmosphere of a RCWC event.

What is the definition of ‘event’? The Heinemann Australian Dictionary defines an event as “anything which happens or takes place, especially something important.”

You are invited to an important event which will take place in your very own home every Friday before the sun sets where you will feel that familiar connection and warmth in the glow of the Shabbat candles.

The accompanying flyer relates how it all started, as a commemoration for the yartzeit of a young girl Liba who brought joy and light to anyone who came in contact with her. At the RCWC, we now aim to connect with you through our candle lighting project and help bring more joy and light to the world with this beautiful Mitzvah that women have been gifted with.


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As part of our candle lighting project, RCWC offers a broadcast service on Fridays with candle lighting times for Melbourne and Sydney many times accompanied by an inspirational message. As candle lighting time is an auspicious time for women’s prayers we include a list of names to connect with and daven for, people who may need blessings such as for good health, children or to find their soulmate. All around the world women can connect at candle lighting and bring blessings to each other. We would love you to join and help spread healing, joy and light via the Shabbat candles.

HOW TO JOIN: Simply Whatsapp a single word message – the word “subscribe”- to +6140 161 2075 or click here and add this RCWC number to your phone contacts. The more women we connect with through candle lighting the more healing and light we can bring into the world.

Affiliates

RCWC’s affiliates and their events…

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Eshet Chayil

Generation to generation, gleaning wisdom and tradition from our mothers o.b.m.

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Linking the Generations

Linking the Generations project provides a beautiful setting for our seniors to share their unique personal narratives which are recorded as an inspiration for community and family.

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Eshet Chayil

Eshet Chayil Series


Inaugural Event  (For later events click here)

Reflections of a Mother’s Life and Love, October 3, 2019

RCWC launched their Eshet Chayil Series on Thursday October 3, 2019, 4th of Tishrei 5780. All through time, stories from Jewish women have been told and passed down generation to generation gleaning wisdom and tradition. In the Eshet Chayil Series, daughters celebrate their mothers’ o.b.m. inspirational lives, sharing the wisdom for all to connect with and learn from in the beautiful atmosphere of the RCWC.

With the inaugural presentation, Reflections of a Mother’s Life and Love as viewed through the lens of the Torah Readings of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the approximately 70 women from all walks of life who attended were inspired by the beautiful and unique life of Rebbetzin Chaya Kramer.

Some of the feedback included: “What a meaningful and inspiring evening….. and vividly captured your mother’s unique qualities… may she continue to inspire us by her outstanding example…”; “An unforgettable tribute to a woman who personified Eshet Chayil”; “What a magnificent tribute to your mother. I was profoundly moved … by this incredible woman”; “What a most special evening…”; ….there was such a sense of unity as women from all walks of life came together so soon after Rosh Hashana … this alone was an inspiration and an achievement”

The mother daughter connection remains alive forever and some could say even strengthens with time. The RCWC invites you to share your unique and special mother’s inspiration with your friends and community at a RCWC event whenever you feel the time is right for you. The event will be videotaped as a lasting memento for your family and an inspiration to all.

Affiliates

RCWC’s affiliates and their events…

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Connecting Through Candle Lighting

The Jewish woman: For light is her essence and to spread light is her mission.

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Linking the Generations

Linking the Generations project provides a beautiful setting for our seniors to share their unique personal narratives which are recorded as an inspiration for community and family.

Read more

Other Affiliates

Merkos Women

Merkos Women

Merkos Women is “a place where a love for Jewish living and learning is ignited that provides students with the support and educational tools to underpin their life time journey of Jewish living and growth.”

Merkos runs a range of programs for Jewish Women in their twenties and was proud to include the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle as a unique way to celebrate Rosh Chodesh with any women who may have had or still have an association with our organization. Merkos Women held their first event as an affiliate of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle on Rosh Chodesh Sivan in May 2015.

These events provide a warm and relaxed environment for others to connect and share their own stories. Their Story Presenters who have shared their life journeys have been drawn from women who have in some way been touched by Merkos Women. Often the stories are related to the theme of the month as well as the food selections and activities as per the RCWC program.

For further information about Merkos contact Nicole Kornhauser through the Contact Us page.


South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation

South Caulfield Shule

South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation is a vibrant, friendly Modern-Orthodox Synagogue located in the southern suburbs of Melbourne.

We offer daily services, warm welcomes, activities and programs for all ages and a traditional Orthodox Zionist Nusach (liturgy).

Formed in the 1950’s, we began holding services in Winston Ave, Caulfield South.

In 1962, the congregation moved to its current position in Leopold St, Caulfield South. Rabbi Daniel and Sarah Rabin joined as the spiritual leaders of the community in the beginning of 2018 and bring a sense of warmth, inspiration and engagement to the community. Our Shule offers a host of activities and programs on a regular basis geared at the different interests and ages within our community. These include weekly shiurim, guest lectures, playgroup, bar/bat mitzvah program, young adult events, seniors lunch program and events for women. We are excited to add the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle to the list of offerings and look forward to the inspiration it will provide to all involved!


The Shiur Group

The Shiur Group is a grassroots group of women who gather together to learn Torah. They are unaffiliated with any organisation and enjoy the opportunity to learn, share and discuss together.

Their first event, as part of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle, was for Rosh Chodesh Av in 2016. Since then their story tellers have told stories of Holocaust survival, conversion, government, community activism and surviving illness. Story tellers have included a Lady and an OAM!

Events are organised by a dynamic group of women who work together to bring the theme of each Jewish month to life in these successful programs.

Both the Shiur Group study group and its Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle events are open to women from all walks of life.

For further information about RCWC at The Shiur Group contact Miriam Grossbaum through the Contact Us page.


North Eastern Jewish Centre

North Eastern Jewish Centre is the “Jewish heart of Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs” and “is a vibrant and growing community which has earned a reputation for its warm, friendly and inclusive approach to Judaism.”

North Eastern hosted its first event for Rosh Chodesh Sivan in 2017 and was immediately impressed with the content of the program and the way that the program was able to connect with such a wide array of people. Their first speaker shared her personal story on converting to Judaism which was engaging and meaningful.

While not located in the heart of Caulfield, this Shul is excited to be the newest affiliate of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle.

For further information about RCWC events at North Eastern Jewish Centre send your request through the Contact Us page.


Chabad Bentleigh

Although the RCWC hadn’t officially launched its program yet, Bentleigh Chabad was interested in starting at the beginning of the New Jewish Year 5775.  With Karen Zafir as our representative, we all sprang into action and their first Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle tm Inc event took place to celebrate the new month of Cheshvan 5775.

A full program, including an inspiring true-life story, a message for the month, a themed interactive activity and delicious supper, had the guests enthralled and enthusiastic for the next one.

For further information about RCWC events at Bentleigh Chabad send your request through the Contact Us page.


Elwood Shule

Elwood Shul was the place that the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle began in 2009. While serving as the Rebbetzin of Elwood Shule, Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick felt that a program was needed to provide a deeper level of meaning and engagement for the women of shule. Right from the very beginning, Elissa Blaser, who used to attend Elwood Shule when she visited her father who lived in Elwood, assisted with ideas and financial sponsorship in memory of their father.

That idea turned into a monthly Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle event at Elwood Shule over the span of five years and became a staple of the Shule’s programming. Each year had a theme which included: Through the eyes of the young, Legacies, Soul Journeys, and Stability and Change. These themes provided a framework for the story tellers and activities that occurred during this time.

The events were engaging and exciting and drew a diverse group of women who were previously uninvolved in the Shule’s activities.

For further information about RCWC events at Elwood Shule send your request through the Contact Us page.


Linking the Generations


Gary Smorgon House

RCWC Inaugural Event February 3, 2019

Gary Smorgon House (GSH), an aged care facility under Jewish Care launched the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle’s (RCWC) project for seniors ‘Linking the Generations; through the power of story’ with a highly successful inaugural RCWC’s event in early February of 2019 and hopes to continue partnering with the RCWC for beautiful Rosh Chodesh events.

Tapping into the wisdom of our elderly and sharing this inspiration with the younger generation certainly came to fruition when Mrs. Sadie Goldsmith shared her story with GSH residents, volunteers, guests and family members. Lovingly surrounded by her two children, Dr. Michael Goldsmith and Mrs. Barbara Belfer, and by more than 30 members of her extended family she spoke about her journey from Poland as a teenager in 1938, and the beautiful family that she rebuilt in Australia with her late husband Arthur.

Sadie later reminisced: “While recapping my story, I could see my mother’s face right in front of me. Having such a large family, Boruch Hashem (Thank G-d), makes me feel like the luckiest woman in the world.” She was overwhelmed by the positive feedback that she received following her speech. She was so surprised, as she felt that her story was not special or may not have been of interest to others. Her daughter Barbara summed it up perfectly when speaking about the impact that her mother has had on their family. “We as a family,” she said, “have always been on the receiving end of her wisdom, guidance and unconditional love.” Her family listened to her speech, and felt so privileged to have her as their parent, grandparent and great grandparent.

Read Jewish Care Articles:
My Connection Newsletter Publication – Autumn 2019
My Circle Newsletter Publication – April 2019

Affiliates

RCWC’s affiliates and their events…

Read more

Eshet Chayil

Generation to generation, gleaning wisdom and tradition from our mothers o.b.m.

Read more

Connecting Through Candle Lighting

The Jewish woman: For light is her essence and to spread light is her mission.

Read more

Affiliates

Beis Chabad Ohel Devorah

Beis Chabad Ohel Devorah is a community Shule founded over 30 years ago. 

It has a warm, friendly atmosphere. Young and old are welcome and made to feel part of the services. 

We’re open every day of the year for morning, afternoon and evening prayers. There is a shiur for men daily between mincha and Mariv. Women shiurim are held periodically. 

We are very excited to be introducing the exciting RCWC program to our Shule with Rebbetzin Rivkah Groner as Program Leader and Batia Slater as RCWC representative.  We look forward to doing an RCWC Rosh Chodesh event for Elul.

For more information please email info.bcod@gmail.com


Chabad of Contra Costa

Chabad of Contra Costa in Walnut Creek, California started more than 20 years ago.  Rabbi Dovber and Chaya Berkowitz have been at the helm since 2010.  “Motivated by a profound love for every Jew and spurred by a boundless optimism, Chabad of Contra Costa sets into motion a dazzling array of programs and services to educate, inspire, and uplift Jews from all walks of life with unconditional love and acceptance.” (https://www.jewishcontracosta.com/)

Their programs and offerings include adult and youth education, full-time pre-school, Hebrew School, daily and Shabbat services, Jewish holiday services, summer camp, special programs all year around and more.

Chabad of Contra Costa (CCC) held their first affiliated Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle event on Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5780 (30 October 2019).  Rebbetzin Chaya Berkowitz explained the meaning, origin and mitzva of Rosh Chodesh and its significance to women.  After this launch, the women of CCC look forward to sharing their stories, connecting, nurturing and empowering one another through their RCWC events.


Newtown Shule

Newtown Shul seeks to provide a space for Jewish people come together for a variety of both social and religious events to celebrate Jewish life cycle events and our Jewish heritage.

Mostly, people frequent the Synagogue to meet friends and make new ones in a really relaxed an accepting environment, however, there are many who come to the Synagogue as a place to be reverent.

We host a weekly Friday night dinner in our social hall. The food is prepared and cooked by a roster of volunteers and enjoyed by people from all walks of life who come and join us.

On Rosh Hashanah of 2018 the women made a commitment to start having a monthly event for Rosh Chodesh when possible as part of the RCWC. We have had many different speakers and many different thoughtful and interactive activities with participation from women across the spectrum of the community. We look forward to continuing touching the lives of each other in a positive way.

Newtown Shule held a recent on-line event for which beautifully represented such a cross-section of people. Younger and older, with young children at home or alone by themselves, more or less involved in Jewish life or in the Jewish community as well as participating from across the world. It just showed how we all have what to learn from each other.  Even though we may feel so far apart we are in a way even more connected than we ever were before.


Linking the Generations

Linking the Generations project provides a beautiful setting for our seniors to share their unique personal narratives which are recorded as an inspiration for community and family.

Read more

Other Affiliates

More of RCWC’s affiliates and their events…

Read more

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