Rosh Chodesh

The Jewish calendar, unlike the secular calendar, is arranged according to the phases of the moon. Many Jewish festivals fall on the full moon.

Hiking in the redwoods for Rosh Chodesh, Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Rosa CA

Hiking in the redwoods for Rosh Codesh Tammuz

Rosh Chodesh (literally, “head of the month” or “head of the moon”), the first of every Hebrew month, always falls on the new moon. In biblical times, Rosh Chodesh was a festival marked by celebratory sacrifice and feasting; in rabbinic times, bonfires were lit on the mountains to announce the arrival of the new moon. Today Beth Ami’s Rosh Chodesh women’s group continues to celebrate this semi-holiday for all traditional Jews.

In Jewish lore and mysticism, as in other cultures, the moon has been a symbol for feminine principles. Rosh Chodesh, the new moon, has special meaning for Jewish women, and thus we gather at the beginning of each new Jewish month to explore our spiritual selves, make connections with one another, take note of and recognize our beliefs, feelings and attitudes through the means of Jewish texts, themes, and rituals.

We meet on the eve of Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new cycle of the moon. This activity is free and open to all Jewish women, regardless of affiliation. Please contact our office to get on our email list for Rosh Chodesh announcements.

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