The Ladies’ Tikkun with Megillat Ruth
Ladies Megillat Ruth Reading and Ladies Tikkun on Rosh Chodesh 12 May 2021
This year for the Second time the
Ladies' Megillat Ruth and Tikkun
was held online via Zoom.
Many thanks to the 17 Readers
who participated in reading the Megillah.
This was followed by 9 talks at the Tikkun.
Our second Rosh Chodesh Ladies’ Tikkun on Zoom
was held on 12-5-21 just a few days before Shavuot.
From the loads of Chat messages that kept zooming
across the screen and the views of many of the
70+ attendees, it was agreed to be a tearaway success.
It was most gratifying to read all this and
thanks must go to those who kindly responded
to the call for their views about the Ladies’ Tikkun.
Read on to see many of those views within this article.
When compared with other events, we couldn’t help noticing yet again that one of the unusual features of our annual Ladies’ Tikkun was the absence of age discrimination among both attendees and speakers: young, old and others in between were easily spotted. In addition, there was a mix of those who were more religiously oriented and those who were less so. The order of the talks neatly reflected this, which meant that everyone was catered for.
Often described as “the highlight of the year”, the speakers were described as “highly motivated, enthusiastic and very committed to their chosen topic”. Moreover, “These were ladies who spoke with conviction and who were empowered and inspiring”.
One talk was described as “really slick and informative and lightened with humour”.
“As always an enjoyable event”.
“I feel this year’s event was one of the best”.
“The content of the talks and the delivery style were very varied, as some read their talk while others simply spoke it spontaneously. Either way, I learnt from them”.
An attendee in Israel enthusiastically commented that it was a winner and well worth staying up for – bearing in mind that Israel is 2 hours ahead of our time. Talking of Israel, who could have guessed that locusts are kosher and not only was there a locust invasion there 8 years ago, but the BBC did a news item on it, calling it “Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking Israel by swarm”. If you’re interested, go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21847517 where you can read all about this “food” – that is, if you’re not too squeamish!
“I cannot but admire not only the thought and effort that is devoted to organising this event, but also the standard of contributions presented”.
“Once again this was another excellent Ladies’ Tikkun. I was impressed by the ladies’ knowledge, studying and their searching for spiritual meaning.”
“The Ladies’ Tikkun provides a warm and welcoming environment where women can share their thoughts and learning with each other on a range of topics. Just as we encamped at Mount Sinai at the giving of the Torah as one totally united people – b'lev echad (with one heart), so too the Ladies’ Tikkun is a microcosm of ladies from varying backgrounds being united and inspired – how very special”.
Yes, this was a very special event and a very special thanks must go in particular to the speakers, who put so much effort into their talks, for when you give a talk of this nature, you have to study for it – and that’s the way to learn.
With love and best wishes for furthering our knowledge in this wonderful manner for many more years to come, please G-d.
Gila Hackenbroch & Deanna Chart
Ladies who Learn/Ladies’ Tikkkun
Woodside Park Synagogue
Readers and Speakers at the
Ladies Megillat Ruth Reading and Ladies Tikkun on Rosh Chodesh June 2020
This year for the first time the Ladies' Megillat Ruth and Tikkun was held online via Zoom.
16 Readers particpated in reading the Megillah, this was followed by 8 talks at the Tikkun.
We were delighted that 70 women of all ages were able to join us enjoying a wonderful event.
and to Listen to talks from
Rebbetzin Batya Rosenblatt
Ruth & Orpah: A tale of 2 sisters
Susan Lightman - A bereavement during Covid
Jo Diamond - Poland - a perspective
Tziviah Hackenbroch -
A Bat Mitzvah, coronavirus & Shavuot
Gila Hackenbroch - Rosh Chodesh Musings
Talia Foster - Surrogacy: An experience
Karen Harris - Woodside Park Cares - an overview
Deanna Chart - Justice for the weak and vulnerable
GO GIRLS – er, I mean Ladies!!!
The Ladies' Tikkun on 10 June 2019 (2nd day of Shavuot)
By Deanna Chart, aided and abetted by Gila Hackenbroch
Co-chairs of the Ladies who Learn/Ladies’ Tikkun
This year’s Ladies’ Tikkun was, in the words of the film, “Absolutely Fabulous”. Given the poor weather conditions, we were “Absolutely Delighted” to have a turnout of at least 60 intrepid women of all ages who braved the elements, splashing their way through puddles, until they eventually reached the warm and welcoming Home of the Hackenbrochs.
As in the past few years, we were treated first to a melodious group of women who sang their way through the special leyning (ritual chanting of readings) of the Book of Ruth. The tune is fairly subtle when sung by an expert, but it has no obvious or memorable melody so the group must be congratulated for their highly successful reading of the Megillat Ruth. In turn, we were able to follow the story, as we were handed sheets with the Hebrew words, transliteration and translation.
Shavuot 2018 Megillat Ruth and Ladies Tikkun
This year we all came together to read Megillat Ruth
Jane, Arlette, Nurith, Susan, Avital, Debbie, Naomi, Izzy, Debra, Andrea, Sarah, Zara,
Tali, Wendy, Naomi, Ilana, Gaby, Emma, Karen, Estelle
and to Listen to talks from
Friendship and Kindness in verse - Pam
The Power of Speech - Talia
Zionism and Ken Livingstone - Michelle
Shavuot Musings - Gila Hackenbroch
Sculptures and the Holocaust - Carolyn
Giving and Receiving Praise - Esther
This Way Up - Tami
Visiting the Sick - Deanna
What's in a Name - Jo
First Women's Megillah Reading at WPS
Shavuot 2017 - 5777
21 Women and girls at Woodside Park Synagogue participated in its first Megillah reading, together with the women speakers of the hugely successful annual Women’s Tikkun. Gila Hackenbroch, who launched the initiative, said: “It was a wonderful way for women and girls to come together, while paving the way for future generations of women’s Megillah readings at Woodside Park.”
The Ladies’ Tikkun with Megillat Ruth
By Anne Elliott with Deanna Levine
"The second afternoon of Shavuot at Woodside Park was extra special this year because our hugely popular and unique annual Ladies’ Tikkun was combined with the shul’s pioneering Women’s Megillah Reading of the Book of Ruth.
To read further details about the Ladies Megillat Ruth Reading and Ladies Tikkun on Shavuot 2017 please click here