Rosh Chodesh Celebration Kislev on Sunday, December 12 – Congregation P’nai Tikvah invites you to our Women’s Rosh Chodesh Celebration for Kislev on Sunday, December 14. Welcome the month of Kislev at 7pm. 

Here are some insights from Ritualwell:

The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration.

In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. Rosh Chodesh groups, meeting monthly, offer a women’s space in time. (Some men’s gatherings have begun as well, sometimes associated with kiddush levanah, celebrating the coming full moon.)

Fast Facts

Kislev is the ninth of the twelve months of the Jewish calendar.

Kislev comes at the same time as the secular months of November/December. This is a cold and dark time of year. Nature rests, and winter is upon us.

The mazal (constellation) for Kislev is Sagittarius, the keshet (arching bow).

The arching bow reminds us of the rainbow and of our responsibility to be guardians of the earth. In Genesis 9:12-17, God places a rainbow in the sky as a covenantal sign, indicating a promise never to destroy the earth again. (The blessing for seeing a rainbow: “We bless you, Eternal our God, who remembers the covenant and keeps faith with the covenant, forever according to your word.”) The bow of Kislev reminds us of the bows of the Maccabees who fought against the Selucids in the story of Hanukkah. Read more here.

Rosh Chodesh Kislev is filled with meaningful inspirations and preparations as we celebrate Chanukah – the Festival of lights during the darkest time of the year.

For details and to RSVP email congregation.pnai.tikvah@aol.com or call (702) 436-4900.