Rosh Chodesh – Celebration of the New Month

Each month the women of our congregation are invited to come together and rejoice in the new month with sacred learning and in-depth conversation over coffee and a nosh.

All Rosh Chodesh events are held in private homes. Please contact the TBI office for more details. Or, if you would like to host a Rosh Chodesh meeting, please let us know.

Why is Rosh Chodesh significant for Women?

The Talmud (Megillah 22b) teaches us that women are forbidden to engage in work on Rosh Chodesh. For women in the sixth century this was significant because it meant that they could take a day off (besides Shabbat and the holidays) from spinning, weaving and sewing. These were the skills that women contributed to the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle).

We at TBI embrace Rosh Chodesh and explore many issues, mostly but not always relating to women. The group varies from traditional text study to current events. Sometimes guests teach the class, however the group is mainly led by one of TBI’s Rabbis, Kim Ettlinger.