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Rosh Hodesh

See the dates of upcoming Rosh Hodesh celebrations below.

Rosh Hodesh Adar 2
The Chocolate Seder Back by request!
Facilitated by Lenore Hinden, Deryn Harri and Chai Bryce.

Thursday, March 7, 7:00 PM

According to The Jewish Book of Days, “we often experience the Jewish year as a reliving of myth and history. This way of viewing the Jewish calendar connects us with the line of past and future. Yet the Jewish year is also a circle reflecting the cycles of the natural world. Throughout this yearly cycle, planting, harvest, cold and heat become our spiritual teachers and guides. They lead us through moments of joy and celebration and through times of mourning and destruction. The voice of the Divine comes to us not only from text and history, but also from the trees, the sky, the waxing and waning of the moon, and the wondrous and fragile functioning of our own bodies.”

At our monthly Rosh Hodesh gatherings, we often view the months of the Jewish year and the cycle of the seasons as analogous to the parts of a tree: the seed, the root, the branch, the sap, the bud, the leaf, the flower and the fruit. This month, we’ll learn a bit more about the movements of the Jewish year. This is not a meal per se, but a dessert Seder in which our sense of taste invites us to explore aspects of the divine. In our Chocolate Seder, we will munch our way around the wheel of the year, sampling chocolates and other goodies that correspond to the parts of the tree. Please RSVP to Chai so we can plan. And please feel free to bring along your favorite chocolate (or other treats) to share with the group. All women are welcome.

An Invitation…

From the Women’s Rosh Hodesh Group of Temple Beth El

All women are welcome to join us on the new moon of each month on the Hebrew calendar.

Women worldwide celebrate the ancient tradition of Rosh Hodesh in a variety of ways. At Temple Beth El, women have been planning these spiritually deepening, creatively satisfying events for over 20 years.

Each month we come together to deepen our understanding of our own spirituality and relationship with Judaism as women—through literature, scripture, creative arts, music, and food. We create a sacred space to carry on this ancient tradition of taking a moment to fill our heart, minds, and souls.

Rosh Hodesh takes place at the new moon, which is the beginning of each Hebrew month. We take turns signing up for any month(s) we would like to facilitate. Those of us who have planned these evenings have found that this process is as rewarding an experience as the event itself—if not more. Generally two to three women work together to facilitate an evening with a theme that corresponds to the meaning of the month on the Hebrew calendar in an engaging atmosphere with the space to explore these themes globally and personally.

All women interested are welcome to attend and bring friends to any of these events. Temple membership is not a requirement. Please check out our online community: Temple Beth El Women's Rosh Hodesh Group.

For more information, please email Rabbi Paula MarcusWilma GoldLori Kearney, or call Chai Bryce at 831-475-3313.


Monday, February 4, Rosh Hodesh Adar 1, 7:00 PM

Thursday, March 7, Rosh Hodesh Adar 2, 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 31, Women's Seder, Rosh Hodesh Nisan, early start time 6:00 PM

Sunday, May 5, Rosh Hodesh Iyar, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, June 5, Rosh Hodesh Sivan, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 2, Rosh Hodesh Tammuz, 7:00 PM

Monday, August 5, Rosh Hodesh Av, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 3, Rosh Hodesh Elul, 7:00 PM

Mon, February 18 2019 13 Adar I 5779