Religions and Spirituality

Chabad Woman's Rosh Chodesh Launches New Course about Shabbat

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Dr. Susan Maron creates a unique storytelling experience at the Rosh Chodesh Society of Hunterdon. Credits: courtesy photo
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Local women from throughout Hunterdon enjoy delicious soups and explore Jewish literature and storytelling at Rosh Chodesh Society. Credits: courtesy photo
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CLINTON TWP., NJ - Chabad of Hunterdon’s Women’s Rosh Chodesh Society launches its latest course, Pause & Affect, today, Oct. 19.

The new seven-session series for women provides multiple entry points so that students at every level of affiliation can explore meaningful ways to enrich their lives through the lessons of Shabbat.

Pause & Affect 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.

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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.

The course will be taught once per month, for a total of seven lessons, and is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge.

“This course allows us to pause and examine the way we live our lives,” said Rachel Kornfeld, the Educational Director of Chabad of Hunterdon, who will be teaching the course. “From the big issues, to the most minor of nuances, it affords us the luxury of not only studying the timeless wisdom of Shabbat, but applying it to every day of the week as well.

“In a world of aimless confusion, the weekly pause of Shabbat is a daily reminder of how the gift of rest can have a universal impact, affecting all of humanity,” she said.

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

Kornfeld of Chabad of Hunterdon will be teaching Pause & Affect at 90 Beaver Ave., in Clinton. The class is open to all women, regardless of affiliation or religious background. The cost of the course is $18 per class, or $95 for the full course, which includes a textbook.

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

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