Thursday, August 13, 2020

New Moon of Elul

 Hello, everyone! Just checking in.  After talking to a few of the "regulars" on the phone, most people are still uncomfortable getting together for services and singing in person, since doing so would be uncomfortable with masks on.  And Zoom, as most of you know, has syncing problems that make singing or drumming together online pretty much impossible. If you're like me, you're "zoomed out" anyway - everybody's pretty sick of it, I hear.  So I hope everyone will enjoy observing Rosh Chodesh at home with a nice meal, candle lighting, music, reading and journaling.  The astronomical new moon occurs on August 18th, and the Rabbinic Rosh Chodesh Elul starts at Sundown on August 20th. 

Speaking of journaling, hopefully everyone has been reading a chapter of The Hebrew Priestess each month.  If so, well, it's time to choose a new book study!  I'd like to open the floor for nominations.  Please send your suggestions to RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com, comment below as a Blogspot comment on this post, or post them to our Facebook group.  Later I'll send out an email with all the suggestions so we can look them over and make a decision.  

Both OZS and TAI have online plans for the High Holidays, as well as Kohenet and other online groups and congregations.  If you want to have a socially distanced get together, I'd be happy to cook and host in our backyard. We could do a cookout. The calendar is early this year so the weather should be fine, hopefully.  Either way, by next month we should have a feel for whether Covid19 is waning or is hanging on and we can proceed from there.  

I hope you are all well and keeping busy.  I know Zoom is annoying, so this is a good time to develop your own "practice" and schedule of ritual, reading, and prayer whether that takes the form of daily, weekly on Shabbat, or monthly at Rosh Chodesh.  If you have any questions or suggestions, reply to this Blogspot post.  We can have a conversation here without the hassle of Zoom, lol.  

I wish you all peace and happiness during this coming Season of Reflection.  

Shalom, Gayle

 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Rosh Chodesh News - Covid19 strategies for moving forward.

Two new developments:  An all new bullet journal designed by me especially for Jewish women, and my outdoor space for meeting up!

 I hope you all are having a great summer so far, Covid19 notwithstanding.  I have been hard at work on two projects.  I hope these will be useful for our community.


First of all, you can see pics of my new back porch!  I have been tiling, painting, and detailing it with flowers and bright colors to make a cheery sacred space for us to meet, drum, nosh, and schmooze.  It's 22 ft long and 8 feet wide, and there's plenty of overflow space in the grass, too.  I am hoping if the weather is cooperative we might be able to get together this summer and fall if anyone is tired of being homebound, lol.  Here are some pics:







The second thing I have been working on is a new, improved Rosh Chodesh women's bullet journal, planner and calendar. I have a paperback 8x10 version for 4Q 2020 that starts in mid-September before the High Holidays and runs through the first week of January. You can also download a PDF to print yourself a week at a time or so if you don't want a whole workbook.  We could meet via Zoom for discussions or work independently.

Click HERE to see the preview pages or to order!
If this experiment is successful, I would love to have someone collaborate with me on artwork for the 1Q 2021 version.  The Winter Jewish season includes Tu B'Shvat and Purim - so there's a wealth of thematic exploration an artist can do about environmental and feminist themes.  You can leaf through the pages and order the journal in the box at the bottom left sidebar, under my pictures.  If you're interested in talking artwork, contact me at RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com and we'll make 2021 awesome!

Thanks, and I hope we all can get together soon - Peace, Gayle

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stay connected during Covid19

Shalom, everyone!

There's an online community-building offering and opportunity to mark time in a new way with Kohenet Batya Diamond for Rosh Chodesh and Shavuot:

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Sunday, May 24th 7pm (ET)
*Celebrating the New Moon:
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
We welcome the time of
receiving wisdom -
Register
here.

Wednesday, May 27th
8:00 - 9:00pm (ET)
I’ll be joining
Rabbi Yael Levy
and others offering
teachings for the end of the Omer period

Friday morning May 29th
Batya will be leading sunrise chanting and meditation on the morning of Shavuot as part of
Feminism All Night


Also stay tuned for info about the Summer Solstice Shabbat Rosh Chodesh June 20/21.

Closer to home, I hope everyone is subscribed to the list-servs for both TAI (Reform) and OZS (Conservative), as they are now offering a selection of online prayer and learning opportunities right here in Lexington.

I hope you are all well and staying safe!  Hopefully we will be able to get together soon - I miss you!  In the meantime, if you find any women's Judaism online resources, drop me a line and I'll include them in the next e-newsletter.

Shalom, Gayle

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An online Rosh Chodesh opportunity from Kohenet, as well resources for more traditional & orthodox women's opportunities.

There's an online community-building offering and opportunity to mark time in a new way with Kohenet Batya Diamond for Rosh Chodesh.  “Iyar” is an acronym for a biblical phrase that means “I am THE DIVINE your healer.”  Join Kohenet for heartfelt and healing ritual, music, contemplation and sharing.   Register here for Zoom login info!   (And save the date for the next gathering: Sunday, May 24th 7pm, and also stay tuned for info about the Summer Solstice Shabbat Rosh Chodesh June 20/21)


Closer to home, I hope everyone is subscribed to the list-servs for both TAI (Reform) and OZS (Conservative), as they are now offering a selection of online prayer and learning opportunities right here in Lexington.


For those of you who prefer more traditional or orthodox resources than the Reconstructionist services at Romemu or Kohenet, I have listed in the sidebar some online learning and prayer resources from Yeshivat Maharat (the orthodox women's yeshiva that ordains women "not-rabbis per the rabbinate" lol) and from JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, that also works for greater women's inclusion from an orthodox perspective. 


I hope you are all well and staying safe!  Hopefully we will be able to get together soon - I miss you!  In the meantime, if you find any women's Judaism online resources, drop me a line and I'll include them in the next e-newsletter. 


Shalom, Gayle

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Virtual Rosh Chodesh Celebration and other news

Hi, All - Kohenet Batya Diamond is starting up a new Virtual Rosh Chodesh Celebration for those who are stuck at home or can't make their local meetings.   You're invited to join Batya to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the new moon of the month of Nisan. Rosh Chodesh is an ancient Jewish women's celebration, updated for our times. This gathering will take place on Thursday, March 26th at 7pm (ET) in what she's calling a "New Moon Zoom Room🌒. Save the date--more info and future dates to follow.

At OZS...
Services this coming weekend (March the 21st) and now cancelled.  There will be a VIRTUAL TALMUD STUDY GROUP this Friday the 20th at 7:30am To connect remotely, go to http://uky.zoom.us/j/750558214.

In light of the coronavirus situation, OZS will be experimenting with a virtual minyan, led by Rafi Finkel. For confirmation of scheduled times, sign up for the OZS email listserve at www.ozs.org.  Likely these will be held on most Tuesdays, but I don't know that for a fact.

At TAI...
TAI has now CANCELLED their community seder.  Meanwhile, TAI has cancelled other services and programming at the Temple in person until further notice, however, they will have a livestream of an abbreviated prayer service at 7pm.  Tune in to: https://venue.streamspot.com/230fb172

We will continue to monitor the situation.
Shalom, Gayle

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Tonight: Women's online seder and also an online OZS minyan!

Hi, All - TONIGHT is a wonderful opportunity to do an online women's seder by one the ordained Kohenet graduates, Batya Diamond (who is also an excellent musician!  See Bandcamp.com for her offerings.) It is free of charge, but registration is required here:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdeuppzovU1ozK_WQ9iocbgQ_gJ0Okg  You will receive an email with the seder service, and a list of a few things to have onhand, such as candles, wine, etc.

Regarding Passover...
At least for now, we personally are intending to go ahead with seders for the 1st night, and also now the 2nd night at Kathie's place.  She is willing to host an Ashkenaz pot-luck seder of meat and vegan dishes (She is making a turkey, I'm pitching in a brisket) on Thursday April 9th if anyone is interested. Wednesday night I will feature Sephardi passover recipes (beef and lamb), which also includes knityot not normally found on Ashkenaz tables.

At OZS...
Services this coming weekend (March the 21st) and now cancelled. In light of the coronavirus situation, OZS will experiment this Tuesday (TONIGHT) with a virtual minyan, led by Rafi Finkel. To join, please click on the  Zoom link and follow the directions. The service will begin precisely at 5:45 pm, so please sign into Zoom no later than 5:40 to avoid disruptions. We realize that there may be technical issues, but please be patient-if you cannot hear or see properly, please wait until the service is over before asking the technical questions. You might also want to mute your microphone during the davening itself (you can just click on the microphone icon at the bottom left of the Zoom screen), and un-mute it during discussion or conversation afterwards. Virtual Minyan - 5:45PM  to connect remotely:  https://uky.zoom.us/j/346451875

Regarding Rosh Chodesh...
And again a reminder, the Rosh Chodesh celebration in March for the month of Nisan has been cancelled.  If you need times for candlelighting at home, daily daf yomi readings, or information about the new moon or rabbinic rosh chodesh, visit our Rosh Chodesh Lex Calendar.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Community Updates

More cancellation news... Hi, All - In addition to the recent cancellation of the OZS events this past weekend, I have been informed that the planned 2nd Night Seder that was going to be scheduled for Thursday, April 9th at OZS has also been cancelled.

I have not heard anything about TAI's community seder, so it may still be going on.  It was also scheduled for April 9th, so going there may still be an option for the second night.

Meanwhile, TAI has cancelled other services and programming at the Temple in person until further notice, however, they will have a livestream of an abbreviated prayer service at 7pm Friday evenings.  Tune in to: https://venue.streamspot.com/230fb172

There are also lively services livestreamed both Friday nights and Saturday mornings from Romemu Congregation in New York.  They feature drums and other instruments in their services.  If you would like information on connecting to their stream either through their Facebook feed or through Zoom, visit their webpage at  https://www.romemu.org/how-to-stay-connected/.

And again a reminder, the Rosh Chodesh celebration in March for the month of Nisan has been cancelled.  If you need times for candlelighting at home, daily daf yomi readings, or information about the new moon or rabbinic rosh chodesh, visit our Rosh Chodesh Lex Calendar.

We will continue to monitor the situation
Shalom, Gayle

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Important news about cancellations

March Cancellations so far... Hi, All - Here are the latest updates about community services:

The Rosh Chodesh Celebration this month (for Nisan) is cancelled.

I have been informed that all services and programming this weekend at OZS are also cancelled, including all events scheduled for the Rabbi candidate.

TAI has cancelled services and programming at the Temple in person, however, they will have a livestream of an abbreviated prayer service at 7pm.  Tune in to: https://venue.streamspot.com/230fb172

If you need times for candlelighting at home, daily daf yomi readings, or information about the new moon or rabbinic rosh chodesh, visit our Rosh Chodesh Lex Calendar.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.  We will continue to monitor the situation.
Shalom, Gayle

Monday, February 24, 2020

Adar Update

Hi, All - just wanted to let you know that Wednesday's celebration will be at my place, 6:30pm.  The Good Barn was booked.  But the venue looks like it will be nice if we can get it sometime in the future.  If you're not sure where I am, I'm in the OZS directory, or you call email RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com for more information. Peace, Gayle

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Planning for RCLex Adar

Shalom Everyone!  This month, the astronomical new moon is on Sunday, February 23rd, and Rabbinic Rosh Chodesh is on Wednesday, February 26th.  It appears Lauren's studio is not available on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday at an early enough time to be practical.  So we may meet at my house or another home.  Also, we are exploring the possibility of having future meetings at the UK Good Barn, just off Alumni and Cooper Drive.  I am thinking Wednesday at 6:30pm might work for us - by all means let me know if that doesn't work for you and we'll try Tuesday if more people are amenable to that evening.

Peace, Gayle
RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Rosh Chodesh Shvat Save the Date

Shalom Everyone!  Thank you all for your input. It appears that the best day to have our celebration of the month of Shvat will be Sunday, January 26th at 7pm. I'll bring some veggies and hummus and a bottle of wine.  Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and drinks.

As part of our program we are planning to have a sharing/storytelling/discussion portion that will include a book study. (See sidebar.) We have finished five chapters at our previous celebrations, and are going to continue our discussion of Chapter 6 for Rosh Chodesh Shvat.  There were some interesting questions asked last time and I have found a resource with some answers.

We will meet at the yoga studio of Lauren Higdon located at 309 N Ashland Ave Suite 180, Lex Ky 40502. You can find directions and parking information at www.centeredlex.org online.

Please bring whatever instruments you have, but don't worry if you don't have one.  Singing, chanting and dancing can be part of our activities. If you have a yahrzeit in the month of Shvat, bring a picture or token of your loved one for our memorial altar.  We will also have a central altar where we can place tokens of whatever issues we are hoping to address in our lives in Shvat, whether regarding health, our work, personal development, or whatever is on your mind. How are those New Year's resolutions going, lol? Time to get out your journal and get rolling! You don't have to tell anyone what your token represents, don't worry.

Don't forget we have worked up a sample itinerary and an introductory music playlist posted here (see sidebar) so you can practice or learn the songs at home, as well as a sample slideshow of the lyrics to some of the music we'll be drumming and dancing to (for those of us who prefer singing).

If you have any questions just let us know!  RSVPs are appreciated. Women do not have to be Jewish to participate (or know Hebrew), and trans women are certainly welcome. See you there!

Shalom, Gayle
RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Shvat Meeting Options

Hi, everyone!  The astronomical new moon occurs on Friday, January 24th - which conflicts, of course, with TAI services.  The Rabbinic observance of Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat is from sundown on Sunday the 26th until Monday evening the 27th.  Looking at Lauren's Centered calendar, it doesn't appear Monday has space available for us, though we could possibly request if she will let us use the space on Sunday evening.

So we may need to consider some other options for places to meet this month.  A few come to mind:
  1. The Plantory on West 6th Street has some nice meeting rooms.
  2. We could possibly request to use the Federation board room on Monday evening.
  3. We could possibly request to meet at OZS, though the social hall will not be set up (the preschool uses it as a gymnasium during the week).  Maybe the library (if you've been there, you know it has a large central table that takes up a lot of room - but it's not impossible, lol)?
  4. We can meet at someone's home - mine or another volunteer.
  5. And.....?  Any ideas?  Suggestions welcome!
There will definitely be fees involved if we meet at the Plantory (especially since we're meeting outside of regular business hours), and we also take up a collection when we meet at Lauren's studio.  I'm not sure if the Federation or OZS would charge for us to meet. I will look into that.

Please let me know which dates and which places are most convenient for you so we can work on scheduling our Sh'vat drum circle & celebration!  Just respond to this email - that's it!

Shalom, Gayle
RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com

Better late than never? No idea why this didn't post before...

Shalom Everyone!  It appears that the best day to have our celebration of the month of Tevet will be Thursday, December 26th at 7pm. I'll bring some veggies and hummus and a bottle of wine - and some potato balls in honor of Chanukkah, deep fried and artery clogging goodness.  Feel free to bring your favorite snacks and drinks.

Rosh Chodesh Tevet is a special celebration called Chag HaBanot - Festival of the Daughters featuring the heroine Judith.  You can read up on it here:  https://www.ritualwell.org/ritual/chag-habanot-festival-daughters.

As part of our program we are planning to have a sharing/storytelling/
discussion portion that will include a book study. (See sidebar at left)  We have finished five chapters at our previous celebrations, and are going to discuss Chapter 6 for Rosh Chodesh Tevet.

We will meet at the yoga studio of Lauren Higdon located at 309 N Ashland Ave Suite 180, Lex Ky 40502. You can find directions and parking information at www.centeredlex.org online.

Please bring whatever instruments you have, but don't worry if you don't have one.  Singing, chanting and dancing will be part of our activities. If you have a yahrzeit in the month of Tevet, bring a picture or token of your loved one for our memorial altar.  We will also have a central altar where we can place tokens of whatever issues we are hoping to address in our lives in Tevet, whether regarding health, our work, personal development, or whatever is on your mind. Have any 2020 New Year's resolutions? Time to get out your journal and get rolling! You don't have to tell anyone what your token represents, don't worry.

Don't forget we have worked up a sample itinerary and an introductory music playlist posted to our blogpage so you can practice or learn the songs at home, as well as a sample slideshow of the lyrics to some of the music we'll be drumming and dancing to (for those of us who prefer singing).

If you have any questions just let us know!  RSVPs are appreciated. Women do not have to be Jewish to participate (or know Hebrew), and trans women are certainly welcome. See you there!

Shalom, Gayle
RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Update for Thanksgiving week

Rosh Chodesh Kislev Meeting

Shalom, sisters!  We will be meeting on Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30pm at my place to celebrate with drumming and a nosh.  I will make a nice salmon fillet and a veggie tray. Linda is bringing a side dish, too! Friday just wasn't going to work for most of the regulars.

We will continue our book study, and I have a special surprise for you and an activity to get us focused and ready to go for 2020 - I hope you all can be there!  If you forgot where I am or have other questions, please send an email to RoshChodeshLex@gmail.com.

Chag Sameach Rosh Chodesh Kislev and Thanksgiving!

Peace, Gayle

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Rosh Chodesh and Thanksgiving - When do we want to meet?

I don't know about you all, but I'll be happy when Rosh Chodesh migrates around to a more mid-month range of dates, lol. This month, the astronomical new moon occurs on Tuesday, November 26th. I can't meet that day, as I will be one of the prayer leaders at an interfaith service that evening. According to the Rabbinic calendar, Kislev the 1st begins Thanksgiving night and continues until Friday evening. So the question becomes: when is the best time for us to meet? Are there enough of us available who aren't going out of town or be busy with family to try and meet on Friday at Centered studio? Or are we going to be a small group this month and have a more cozy get-together on Wednesday or Friday? Inquiring minds want to know, lol. Thoughts?