Jewish Learning Institute launches new course for women


This month, the Rosh Chodesh Society, the women’s division of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, is launching its latest course seven-session series, Pause & Affect.

Slated to run in over 200 locations across the globe, Pause & Affect provides multiple entry points so that students at every level can explore the lessons of Shabbat.

Pause & Affect presents not only the beauty of this most precious of Jewish treasures, but invites women of every level of observance to experience the wondrous mystery of this special day,” Shaindy Jacobson, RCS director, said. “Shabbat is God’s gift to the Jewish people. It offers respite from labor and a break from the intrusion of our 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 seven consecutive months 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. 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,” Esti Paltiel, facilitator for the Society, said. “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.”

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 on Pause & Affect visit

Mrs. Esti Paltiel of Chabad of Port Washington will be teaching Pause & Affect at Chabad of Port Washington on Tuesday of the first week of every Hebrew month, starting Nov. 21. If interested, call (516)767-8672 for more information.


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