Girls Rosh Hodesh

Girls Rosh Hodesh with Rabbi Jodie, Grades 8-12

This program is based on the Jewish tradition of women's New Moon celebrations to build self-esteem, Jewish identity, leadership skills, and friendship networks of adolescent girls. The monthly meetings provide a supportive environment where girls explore the social and cultural issues they encounter as they become adults and derive their own authentic Jewish values in response to the challenges they face. The small groups are designed to provide a celebratory, empowering setting in which girls can support each other in growing and learning, while having lots of fun. The program's success is due, in part, to the participatory mixture of discussing issues, traditions, and role models, as well as making crafts, writing stories, rejoicing with song and dance, socializing, and munching.