Well Circles are the pulse of At The Well. They are a modern, re-invented version of the ancient Rosh Chodesh traditions of following and honoring the new moon.
Rosh Chodesh literally means head of the month and is seen as a symbol of renewal and rebirth.
As the moon wanes into darkness, it becomes still and silent for a moment before commencing illumination again. Rosh Chodesh is a time to turn inward, to look at our lives and ourselves as we start to prepare to start anew and to refresh each cycle. During the Biblical era, “Red Tent” gatherings at times of menstruation became institutions, and a practice of monthly meetings of women around the new moon became common practices. This created a space for women to gather together, witness each other, and read text together. Well Circles create that same space for Jewish women of today to come together to learn, listen, and share their experiences so that they can grow stronger as individuals and as a community.
When women gather together, create community, and learn from each other, they feel more confident and more capable of accomplishing their goals.
When women gather together, create community, and learn from each other, they feel more confident and more capable of accomplishing their goals. Jewish women can draw on ancient tradition and practice around this very concept. It is time to inspire and support Well Circles for young professional women who are craving community, avenues to express their spirituality, and education on how to live more embodied lives.
culture & commitment
- Meet once a month around the time of the New Moon.
- Host peers in your home 1-2 times a year.
- Facilitate a meeting 1-2 times a year.
- Lead: host or facilitate with the utmost love and care.
- Show up always ready to be received and supported.
- Learn and explore about our bodies, minds, and souls.
- Go out of your way to make sure people feel seen.
- Storytelling, being vulnerable, and speaking your truth.
- Always sit in a way so that everybody can be witnessed and witness others.
- Respect the wide spectrum of Jewish spiritual practice. Well Circles are for the orthodox woman to just the bagel lover.
- You do not need to be Jewish to be in a well circle
Well Circles value diversity and inclusion.