By COLlive reporter
The Rosh Chodesh Society—the women’s division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI)—has launched its newest course, SoulMates, a seven-session series for women.
Running in nearly 200 locations across the globe, SoulMates draws upon millennia of Jewish wisdom, from the mystical to the down-to-earth, allowing women of all ages and walks of life to explore love and marriage through interactive discussions and text-based sources that weave together the philosophical, the spiritual, and the practical.
This course, as with all Society’s courses, will be taught once per month for seven consecutive months and is designed for women at all levels of Jewish knowledge. In addition to the professionally designed marketing materials, videos, student textbooks, PowerPoints, and extensive instructional support that RCS offers, the program creates an unparalleled sense of community that is felt among instructors and students alike.
“It’s a great pleasure to be part of the RCS family,” says Mrs. Esther Winner, shlucha in Brighton Beach, NY. “The curriculum is professional, informative, and deep, and the lessons excite the women to come back for more.”
After teaching the first lesson, “Two Halves of a Whole,” which explored the spiritual root of love and marriage, RCS instructors have said the course has immediately begun positively impacting the women of their communities.
“RCS is a highlight – a personal success in my Shlichus! – and it’s made great waves here,” says Mrs. Chana’le Itkin, shlucha in Kansas City.
Shluchos have reported back that student feedback after the launch of the course has been powerful. Mrs. Faygie Kaplan, shlucha in Thornhill, Ontario said, “Right after the class, one of the women approached me and told me that she went to the mikveh before she got married but hasn’t been since, and would love to go!”
Says Mrs. Esty Zaklikofsky, shlucha in Bellaire, Texas, “The content can really be life transforming, as some women openly professed at the end of the class. So many women signed up for the entire course at the first lesson, I ran out of books!”
“The women absolutely loved it,” says Mrs. Chai Cohen, shlucha in London. “They are texting and emailing me how great it was and how it gave them so much to think, and talk about with their husbands.”
Thanks to the incredible kindness and generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Yitzchak and Julie Gniwisch and family, every shlucha-instructor and each student attending the class, is being gifted with a beautiful authentic pearl bracelet.
They were especially commissioned and designed for the Rosh Chodesh Society, proudly bearing the RCS logo in rose gold.
“The bracelets are beautiful! They’re elegant and a reflection of a really classy operation,” commented says Mrs. Michal Shapiro, shlucha in Dallas, TX. “This is such a beautiful blend of gashmius and ruchnius and I’m sure it’s giving the Rebbe much nachas! Thank you so much for making this happen,”
Mrs. Sara Steinmetz, shlucha in Sarasota, Florida, concurs: “I wanted to share that B”H, the course took off very well and I’m accommodating even more women than I originally expected! The bracelets were so appreciated!!! Please tell the sponsors that they made such a huge impact, and the achievement of sisterhood was certainly tangible…”
Mrs. Shaindy Jacobson, Director of the Rosh Chodesh Society, says, “It is our hope that SoulMates will not only impact the students themselves, but the ripple effect will extend to their husbands, children, friends, and greater communities at large, strengthening the foundation of the entire Jewish people.
She added, “there are no greater, more qualified, more dedicated instructors out there to share this message – and the entire message of Limmud Torah – than the Rebbe’s shluchos. There’s no question that what each of these shluchos is accomplishing single-handedly, is unprecedented in the Jewish world. Please join us in lauding our sisters out there on the front lines. Ashreichen Shluchos!”
The Rosh Chodesh Society is an international Jewish sisterhood that aims to connect, empower, and inspire Jewish women through monthly Jewish learning and cultural experiences. For more information about SoulMates, please visit www.roshchodeshsociety.com/courses, or contact Shaindy directly at [email protected] / 718-221-6900 x 117.