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Women's Rosh Chodesh Group

Celebrate the new month in a community of learning

What is Rosh Chodesh? The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is historically associated with women. According to tradition, because women didn’t participate in the sin of the golden calf, they were given the holiday of Rosh Chodesh. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become a monthly occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. 

Our Rosh Chodesh group, founded by Ruth Reidbord, has been meeting in members’ homes for more than 18 years. We open with introductions, candle-lighting and wine blessings. The heart of the meeting is a lively and provocative discussion of a short story, essay, memoir or midrash (creative interpretation of a Biblical or Talmudic story) written by a Jewish woman, occasionally including a Skype call with the author. We close with a song and refreshments. All Sinai women are welcome! Please join us for learning, community, and inspiration.

From a member when asked about her reflections on Rosh Chodesh, “I walked into my first Rosh Chodesh group with the idea that I would try it once…Now, I’ve attended almost every one since that first night and even facilitated a couple of discussions.”

For more information about schedule and meeting locations, PDFs of the story and program booklet, and how to RSVP, please contact Lynn Magid Lazar,

And check out the calendar page for our next meeting!


Wed, April 24 2024 16 Nisan 5784