Our Programs - Under Construction

This page is under construction as we prepare the programs for 5783. To apply as an affiliate and receive our fully detailed programs contact us.

Video Log

Perth Affiliate Promotional

Moving on to their third year as a RCWC Affiliate, Perth program leader shares thoughts on the RCWC.

Inspiration for RCWC car sticker

R’ Mendel Drizin ob’m is the inspiration behind our candle lighting car bumper sticker campaign.  Using several languages he explains how this would be a protection as wherever you travel, you’re on a mission to bring light.

In the Merit of Shabbos Candles

Mrs Klein, a 90 year old holocaust survivor, speaks of the impact of a mother’s prayers at Shabbat candle lighting.

Eshet Chayil Song, the Friday Night Shabbat Ode to the Jewish Woman

Credits: Published by Above and Beyond, Ltd (CC). Produced by Ami Productions

Original Promotional Video

Elwood Shule ladies reminisce as the RCWC expands to a not-for-profit charity with programs available to the wider community, both nationally and internationally.

Eshet Chayil, Ode the the Jewish Woman, from the Israeli Army Choir

Credits: Published by IDF Rabanut. Performed by IDF Chief Cantor Shai Abramson and accompanied by the military rabbinical choir from the album “Roim Rachok”, 2019

Other Videos Available

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Eshet Chayil 5, My Mother, My Inspiration 5784 – 2023

With Rachelle Unreich and Timmy Rubin. Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick - Torah message, Galya Chava Cooper on the flute.

The Jewish Woman: A Journey of Discovery (Miriam) – Nissan, 22 March, 2023

Speakers (in order): R. Sara Gutnick, Hadassa Naparstek, Miriam Suss, Miriam Pacanowski, Miriam Segal and R. Rivkah Groner

Eshet Chayil 4, My Mother, My Inspiration 5783 – 2022

With Shavi Slodowitz and Ruth Wein. Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick - Torah message, Zahava Pinson in song.

Significant Day – Hidden and Revealed – Adar 2 2022

(12:41) Jewish Names of the Megilla with Ettie Spigelman, Hadassa Naparstek, Malka Preston, Shulamit Greenbaum, Laiya Rothberg;
(35:07) Esther Loewenthal; (37:57) Ester Zirkind

Eshet Chayil 3, My Mother, My Inspiration 5782 – 2021

With Di Hirsh, Pauline Scheiner and Tamar Paluch. A Zoom Event with Rachel Gutnick - MC, Sara Gutnick - Torah Message, Lily Sziewicz - Singing.

Eshet Chayil 2, Our Mothers, Our Matriarchs 5781 – 2020

With Goldie Freedman, Debbie Wolf, Sylvia Cher and Karin Zafir. Miriam Althaus and Mussia Kaminetzky - The Four Matriarchs. A Zoom-recorded event

Eshet Chayil Inaugural Event, October 2019 – 5780

Reflections of a Mother’s Life and Love, with Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick

Linking the Generations – Through the Power of Story, February 2019

With Mrs Sadie Goldsmith. RCWC, Jewish Care (GSH), Goldsmith/Belfer Family combined event



Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5784, April 2024

Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5784, November 2023

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5783, August 2023

Rosh Chodesh Adar 5783, February 2023

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5783, October 2022

Rosh Chodesh Tishrei 5783, September 2022

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5782, September 2022

Rosh Chodesh Av 5782, July 2022

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5782, June 2022

Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5782, June 2022

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5782, May 2022

Freedom - Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5782, April 2022

Rosh Chodesh Adar I 5782, February 2022

Rosh Chodesh Shvat 5782, January 2022

Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5782, November 2021

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5782, October 2021

Rosh Chodesh Tishrei 5782, September 2021

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5781, August 2021

Rosh Chodesh Av 5781, July 2021

Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5781, May 2021

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5781, April 2021

Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5781, March 2021

Rosh Chodesh Adar 5781, February 2021

Rosh Chodesh Shvat 5781, January 2021

Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5781, November 2020

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan 5781, October 2020

Tishrei 5781, September 2020

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5780, August 2020

Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av 5780, July/August 2020

Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 5780, June 2020

Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5780, May 2020

Rosh Chodesh Iyar 5780, April 2020

Rosh Chodesh Kislev 5780/December 2019

Rosh Chodesh Elul 5778/August 2018

Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5778/May 2018

Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5778/March 2018

Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5777/April 2017

Rosh ChodeshErev Rosh Hashana 5777

Rosh Chodesh Adar 2/March 2016

Rosh Chodesh Shevat/February 2016

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan/October 2015

Rosh Chodesh Erev Rosh Hashana 5776

Rosh Chodesh Av/July 2015

Rosh Chodesh Sivan/June 2015

Special Editions

Special Edition -19 September 2023

Special Edition - 6 September 2023

Special Edition - 4 September 2023

Special Edition - July 2023

Special Edition - May 2023

Special Edition - September 2022

Elul 5782 - 7th September 2022

Special Edition Newsletter - Purim 5782-2022

Special Event Newsletter - Rosh Chodesh Adar II 5782

Special Event Newsletter - Purim Katan 5782

Special Edition Newsletter - Symphony of Light and Blessing - Chanukah 5782-2021

Special Edition Newsletter - Tishrei 5782

Special Edition Newsletter - Eshet Chayil Series 3rd Annual Event

Special Edition Newsletter - Eshet Chayil Series 3rd Annual Event Save the Date

Special Edition Newsletter - Pre-Shavuot Celebration

Special Edition Newsletter - Rosh Chodesh Nissan - Let's Celebrate

Special Edition Newsletter - Rosh Chodesh Women's Circle wishes you a Happy Chanukah 5781

Special Edition Newsletter - 11 Cheshvan 5781 - 29 October 2020

Erev Shabbat Parshat Pinchas - 18th Tammuz 5780 - 10th July 2020

"Beha'alotcha et hanerot - When you raise up the lamps" - 20 Sivan 5780 - 12 June 2020

Shavuot Special Edition 5780

Erev Shabbat Chazak Parshat Behar-Bechukotai
21 Iyar 5780 - 15 May 2020

Pesach Sheni, Erev Shabbat Parashat Emor
14 Iyar 5780 - 8 May 2020

Erev Pesach
14th of Nissan 5780 - 8 April 2020

Erev Shabbat
2nd of Nissan 5780 - 27 March 2020

Newsletter Archive


Women’s Wisdom by Elissa Blaser

G-d has bestowed extra gifts on women: an uncanny “woman’s intuition”, an extra measure of compassion, and an innate desire for modesty. This spiritual nature builds the other people around into stronger people. An early example of this…

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Telling Our Story by Elissa Blaser

By telling our story, we begin to unfold the mystery of our lives. Why is one person drawn to music and one person able to understand physics just by reading it? Why can one person captivate an audience with a speech, while another cannot walk up to a…

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Rebbetzin Chaya Zelda (Clara) Kramer, 89, a Gracious Bastion of Kindness

Rebbetzin Chaya Zelda (Clara) Kramer, 89, a Gracious Bastion of Kindness She left her mark on generations of Jewish Montrealers By Menachem Posner - October 12, 2018 8:07 AM Rebbetzin Chaya Zelda (Clara) Kramer with her…

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Jewish Care: My Connection Newsletter Publication – Autumn 2019

Linking Generations through Storytelling. The inaugural Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle event titled, “Linking the Generations – Through the Power of Story”, held at Gary Smorgon House attracted more than 150 Elders, family…

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Jewish Care: My Circle Newsletter Publication – April 2019

Linking the Generations. Celebrating the life and wisdom of Sadie Goldsmith at the Linking the Generations event at Gary Smorgon House.Esteemed elder and longtime resident Sadie Goldsmith was honoured recently at a special…

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Exciting New Organisation That Nurtures Women, Dor l’Dor

Rosh Chodesh is a special time for women to celebrate. It is like a mini Rosh Hashanah, being the beginning of a new Hebrew month. Sue Zimmerman writes about an organisation that brings women together at the beginning of the Hebrew month. On Rosh Chodesh…

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The Gift of Rosh Chodesh by Elissa Blaser

Once a month on Rosh Chodesh, the holiday appointed to recognise the unique place of women, the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle offers groups of women a lovely repast, a unique Torah perspective, the opportunity to connect and, of course, the unfolding story…

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Message from Rebbetzin Sara Gutnick, President

It started with a spark, an idea, that over a period of five years blossomed at Elwood Shule into the popular and successful Rosh Chodesh Women’s CircleTM. A registered not-for-profit organisation, RCWC brings together Jewish women of all ages, stages,…

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Message from Elissa Blaser, Founding Sponsor

First, let me thank Hashem and the Gutnick family for the gift of being able to be involved in this project. It seems that all accomplishments take great effort. Rebbetzin Sara is our ballerina, spinning and spinning, in what seems to be effortless…

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Our Programs

Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle Summary of Programs for Affiliates

We invite all our affiliates and would-be affiliates to peruse these summaries of our upcoming programs to help make your choice. As each event is of great significance entailing planning and effort, we recommend that your organisation chooses between 3 and 6 RCWC events per year.

All programs contain a deeply meaningful and woman-oriented ‘Message for the Month’ written by women in the Melbourne Jewish community. An overall theme and complete program including menu and décor, a choice of activities and suggested scheduling are then provided.

Each affiliate is welcome to add their own unique flavour to the program adjusting it to suit their story presenter and guests.

In addition to the gift of a book for the story presenter some programs offer extra gifts. We also offer encouragement to share a video of the event.

Please note:

  1. Summary of Programs updated upon registration.
  2. Alternate programs available for those who have previously done the program/message mentioned below.
  3. All programs remain the property of the RCWC and are confidential as per our agreement.

Rosh Chodesh Tishrei is, of course, Rosh Hashana. Therefore there is no regular program prepared. However, under exceptional circumstances, the affiliate can request a pre-High Holidays Program two months in advance of the proposed event.

As the Havdalah service eases the transition from Shabbat to weekday so does the month of Cheshvan transition us from a holy inspiration-filled month to the rest of the year. The wine, spices and candle used in the Havdalah ceremony gently transfers the afterglow of the holiness of Shabbat into the weekdays. Based on a message written by Mrs. Brocho Lebenholc, we note that the month of Cheshvan takes its cue from the three ingredients of Havdalah, wine, spices and candle on how to transition from holiness to the mundane. In this month’s program, we place special emphasis on the power of fragrance which rejuvenates, energises as well as calms the mind and heart.

The theme and program for Kislev is inspired by the Dvar Torah written by Mrs. Mussie Kaminetzky.
Yehudit of the Chanukah story is at the forefront of empowered women who share their secrets of the subtle powers of women who lead the way in changing the world. A perfect match for the very values of the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle: Nurturing – Connecting – Empowering.

As Rosh Chodesh Tevet takes place during Chanukah, we do not present a specific Tevet Program separate to Chanukah. Nevertheless, we are happy to help you incorporate Rosh Chodesh into your Chanukah Event.

The program for the month of Shvat is based on the Dvar Torah written by Mrs. Shulamit Greenbaum. “We can learn something from every person we meet – Pirkei Avot and “we can learn something from everything we see or hear – Baal Shem Tov.
In the month of Shvat, we celebrate Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees. As we celebrate their birthday with them, we remember that trees nourish us and produce their essence – fruit for us. These natural products sustain us and have spirituality within them as they appeared on earth through Hashem’s command.
The seven fruits that are mentioned in the Torah have special significance. Each one teaches us many spiritual lessons. “Tzaddik katamar yifrach”: the righteous shall bloom like the date palm. The pomegranate is a symbol of a huge number of seeds, of rich fertility. The grape is used for the Kiddush blessings. These fruits help us to understand our spiritual lives and to enact our rituals of devotion.
There is much mystery in our relationship to nature around us. Let us explore further at the Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle Shvat event.

Purim is a holiday in which we dress up as other people and characters and joyfully recognise Hashem’s hand cleverly and discreetly guiding our paths. Following the legacy of Esther, we aspire to reach spiritual growth through carefully considering our options in the face of challenges.
The program takes this a step further by bringing an awareness to the way we, as modern women, reconcile the constant bombardment of media images using physical beauty to draw attention. We are fighting a constant battle for women to be recognised for their wisdom and knowledge. This month’s program, based on the Message of the Month written by Mrs. Yael Levin, shows how Esther used her wisdom, power, and royal position to set into motion a series of events that saved the Jewish people from destruction and how this could apply to us.

The Message of the Month for Nissan takes us on a year-long journey beginning with the Rosh Chodesh Nissan while still in exile in Egypt. Seen through the lens of the women then and now, there is no shortage of excitement and challenges.
Our program focuses on this journey with all its components – the exile, the singing and dancing at the redemption and so much more. The choice will be yours from the many choices on what to focus on for the menu, décor and activity.

Bonus Gift: To help us re-enact and absorb the powerful lessons of Pesach, we eat Matza Shmura which we are offering in limited amounts to the ladies in your group who might not otherwise have this hand-baked round Matzah at their Seder. To be discussed individually with each group

Light! Camera! Action! The message of the month for Iyar was written by Shulamit Nutovics. This message weaved its way through this history and the modern customs of Lag Ba’Omer in a beautiful and concise matter. The theme of light is clear throughout the narrative which became our major theme for the month.  While on Lag Ba’Omer we often celebrate with physical light such as bonfires and BBQs, we focus our RCWC program on the themes of spiritual light, Ahavat Israel, and Torah U’Mitzvot. We also focus on Rabbi Akiva who embodied the values of Ahavat Israel and look to him as a role model in this regard, especially after such tragic circumstances of his students.

Are you that important ‘Connecting Link’? The message of the month for Sivan was written by Ms. Elise Loterman. This inspiring message used the number 3 to connect us to both the Torah, the holiday of Shavuot, as well to Jewish history. The theme of links is evident in the menu and décor choices and has an interesting connection with the number three. As Jewish women, this program teaches us that we have both an opportunity and responsibility to be that link that is able to connect the power of our past, represented by Torah, to future generations.

Delving Deeper into the Meaning of the Moon. Written by Mrs. Miriam Cowen, the Dvar Torah for the month of Tammuz provides us with interesting information about the moon and Rosh Chodesh in general. It shares the importance of Rosh Chodesh for women and discusses some interesting thoughts on the relationship between the sun, the moon, and the stars and their importance in our world. When compared to the sun, the moon seems weaker and more vulnerable, but as we know, our Jewish calendar bases itself around the moon. To reinforce this message, interesting suggestions such as moon-shaped cookies and glow in the dark decorations will help set the theme and the mood for this event.

Who would have thought?! What does wood fired pizza and antique furniture have to do with the month of Av.  Activities, Menu and Décor are all based around wood, with dried flowers, food and herbs thrown in for good measure. The Rosh Chodesh Women’s Circle Av program highlights privilege versus burden and is based on a most creative Dvar Torah by Mrs. Aliza Brown. Watch it all come together, as old perspectives fade, and new ones take over, providing a beautiful difference in our sense of fulfilment.

“Lefum Tzara Agra”- According to the effort is the reward. The message of the month of Elul was written by Mrs. Fegyl Cylich. This message shares the importance of preparing in order to receive the optimal benefit from any experience. This theme is evident throughout different aspects of Jewish life, but especially during the month of Elul as it is the month in which we prepare for the upcoming holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. We also focus on the theme of transformation with our program this month with an understanding that through preparation, self- transformation is possible.

New Moon News

Hot Off the Press

A first for the RCWC – we have FOUR affiliates that will each be holding an event for Rosh Chodesh Nissan!


In addition to our affiliates and our individual projects we are opening up the RCWC to ‘Friends’, where we learn from each other and help each other in our good work.
Would you like to be our friend?

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Your Jewish Birthday

Let’s celebrate your Jewish Birthday together. Check out how on our project page for ‘A Significant Day – Your Jewish Birthday’. To register your birthday and request access to our new exclusive Jewish Birthday Project page, with special offers and events and information about your birthday month, click here.
If you need help calculating your Jewish birthday click here: Jewish Birthday Calculator

Be in Touch

Would you like to find out more about any of our projects? Do you need help gaining access to the birthday or video section? Would you like to provide feedback to a newsletter or program? Would you like to join the RCWC as a volunteer or perhaps even as a board member? We’d love to hear from you today.

The Jewish Woman

With her extra gifts of innate spirituality, wisdom and intuition, compassion and kindness, her beautiful nature builds the other people around her into stronger people. Find out more about who you are and how special you are at our Jewish Woman journey events.

Linking the Generations

Calling on seniors to share their reflections, memories and inspiration at the RCWC. Here’s more

A Weekly Invitation

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. Read more about our CONNECTING through CANDLE LIGHTING initiative. Join our Erev Shabbat candle lighting broadcast here.

Sponsorship Available

Would you like to partner with us by dedicating a project, event or gift in honour of a loved one? There are many ways to volunteer for the RCWC and the ripple effect is felt widely. Whether as a Story Presenter, a ‘Message of the Month’ writer, or taking some video on your phone at one of our events, your contribution will certainly make a difference.

Monthly Message

Inspiration for each month is now being broadcast by whatsApp every Rosh Chodesh. This is in addition to the weekly Erev Shabbat broadcast. New meditation messages are now included. To subscribe please click here.