CLINTON TWP., NJ - On Thursday, Oct. 19tChabad of Hunterdon County Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society launched its latest course, Pause & Affect, a new seven-session series for women.

The course presents not only the beauty of what is known as one of the most precious of Jewish treasures (Shabbat), but invites women of every level of observance to experience the mystery of this special day.

The inaugural class saw record breaking numbers in attendance, as women from all over Hunterdon filled the Chabad House on Beaver Avenue here.

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“I’m not surprised we had such a significant turnout for this course,” said Rachel Kornfeld, the Educational Director of Chabad of Hunterdon County, who is teaching the course. “Everyone is searching for ways to implement moments of introspection and human connection into their lives —Shabbat provides that opportunity.”

Shabbat is said to be G-d’s gift to the Jewish people. It offers respite from labor and a break from the intrusion of ubiquitous technologies. It allows family and community the time to connect and reflect without distraction. The warm smell of challah, the glowing candles, and the comfort of ritual all leave their imprint, shaping forever the meaning of family, peoplehood, and one’s place in the universe.

“Finding moments to focus on what is most important to use, to focus on relationships and self-development, are difficult in the fast-paced routines of daily living,” says Kornfeld. “Pause & Affect is about developing the tools to make those moments happen.”

The course will be taught once per month, for a total of seven lessons (with six more to go), and is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge.

In addition to the regular class schedule this year, social elements and events will be incorporated as an additional way for women of the community to spend time together and connect. The gatherings include Comedy for a Cause and a trip to New York.

Pause & Affect classes are held at 90 Beaver Ave. here. The next class will be on Thursday, Nov. 16. The class is open to all women, regardless of affiliation or religious background. The cost of the course is $18 / class, or $95 for the full course, which includes a textbook.

For more information, or to register for Pause & Affect, visit email, or call 908-238-9002.