WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Bereshit
October 17, 2020 / 29 Tishrei 5781
THIS SHABBAT
Mishpacha Service: Friday, 4:30pm Via Zoom
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6pm Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Services: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefilah Havdallah Saturday, 6:53pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 5:55pm
Torah Reading: Bereshit | Genesis 1:1 - 6:8
Haftara: 1 Samuel 20:18 - 42
Shabbat Ends: 6:53pm
THIS WEEK
The Un-Distancing Hour: Thursday, 5:30pm Via Zoom
Not Shabbat Morning Study: Friday, 9:30am Via Zoom
Meditation Monday Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
An Introduction To Kabbalah Monday, 7pm Via Zoom
Shirei Chesed Community Choir Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
MAZEL TOV
PRAYER
Weekday Morning Minyan
Monday-Friday at 7:30am 
Sunday at 8:30am
or call: 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 933 006 171
Passcode: minyan
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, 6pm Via Zoom
Beginning Next Week Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 5:30pm
As we read Parshat Bereshit, the Torah’s account of the creation of the world, including the sanctification of the first Shabbat, please join us to celebrate our weekly re-enactment of those primeval moments of renewal and rest.

Join us as we begin Shabbat with our traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and, now that Shabbat is beginning earlier, a full maariv service.

Please join the Ansche Chesed clergy to reconnect with our community as well as find nourishment and inspiration in the music and words of our tradition.

Please click in at 5:45pm for some time to schmooze and greet each other first, the ritual gathering will start at 6pm.


or call
929 205 6099, 
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat

NOTE: Next week, Kabbalat Shabbat services will begin at 5:30pm
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, at 9:45am Via Zoom

When will you sign in? We have set this up so that the same Zoom will be used for Kabbalat Shabbat as for Shabbat Morning, so you can join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, (before Shabbat begins) and be set, as long as you disable your computer's sleep function. We will begin tefillah itself promptly at 9:45am.
 
We will recite prayers for healing during our morning services. Since most participants will be muted, you won't get to call out the name of those you have in mind. If you'd like to give Rabbi Kalmanofsky the name of an ailing friend or loved one, please email the names to him at RJK@AnscheChesed.org and include your relationship to the person you are praying for. When/if the person you've been praying for is doing better, please let us know, so we can joyfully remove them from this list!

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and parshat Bereshit from the Etz Hayim Chumash available to us as PDF's. During our Zoom services, we will typically read a smaller quantity of Torah than we do in person.
 
We hope that everyone will be able to fully participate with us!
or call
929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
PROGRAMS
To Schmooze or not to Schmooze: The Un-Distancing Hour
Thursdays, 5:30pm Via Zoom
We'd like to announce the rebranding and re-imagining of the Thursday afternoon Kiddush cocktail hour, which has been a lovely way for people to connect during this crazy time. But we thought it needed a transformation into something a bit more specific.

Before the pandemic, Kiddush has traditionally been a way for people at Ansche Chesed to connect with one another, to share milestones, to kvetch and moan a bit, to express support to friends who are going through one of life's many struggles, or even to share a joke. It's informal, unstructured, and enables people to check in and out as they please. The Pre-Shabbat Un-Distancing Hour is a way to enable people to get together and continue doing that with one another, for one another.

So join us with your paper cup of seltzer or beverage of your choice. Looking forward to schmoozing.

Meeting ID: 859 7986 0603
Passcode: schmooze
Not Shabbat Morning Study
Friday, 9:30am Via Zoom
While we will not be together on Shabbat morning, that doesn't mean that we can not study together. Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky on Friday mornings at 9:30 (just a day before we usually meet) to delve into the weekly portion through the eyes of favorite commentators-ancient, medieval, and modern; midrashic, mystical, and academic.

Meeting ID: 973 753 187
Passcode: NotShabbat
Meditation Monday
Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
Join us for virtual mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices to help us keep centered in these unpredictable times. A number of our fellow congregants are experienced meditation leaders and will act as facilitators. Through the wonders of technology, we can enjoy the power of meditating together as a community.

No prior meditation experience is necessary.

Led on alternate weeks by AC members Sheila Lewis, Sheldon Lewis, and Peter Silverman.

Meeting ID: 614 506 599
Passcode: breathe
Or Neerav/"The Sweet Light": An Introduction to Kabbalah
Monday, 7pm Via Zoom
One of the greatest of all Kabbalists, R. Moshe Cordovero (or “Ramak,” 1520-1570, Safed, Land of Israel), wrote a primer on Jewish mystical doctrines to encourage all Jews to explore this secret realm. This relatively short work is available on Sefaria.

To mark Ramak’s 500th birthday, please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky for a weekly spiritual and intellectual adventure into the teachings and techniques that make Kabbalah one of the world’s great mystical traditions. (I promise: no red strings, no holy water. Just a holy book from a spiritual master.)


Meeting ID: 885 6780 5304
Passcode: ramak
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus
Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Even in the Covid era, our Shirei Chesed Community Chorus will continue to build community through learning a rich and diverse repertoire of Jewish music, and bring harmony into the world that needs it more than ever. In lieu of live performances, this semester we will focus our efforts this semester on growing our repertoire and musicianship, as well as recording a virtual choir project.

Our 4-part chorus brings together almost 50 lovers of choral singing from both Ansche Chesed and the wider Jewish community. Our recent performances include classical programs with The Bachanalia String Orchestra, a jazz concert with The Afro-Semitic Experience ensemble, Oratorio Souls on Fire based on the book by Elie Wiesel, a celebration of Jewish Love Songs from around the world, performed both at AC and at the Curtis Institute of Music, and a collaboration with the Grammy nominated vocal sextet The Western Wind.

Ability to carry a tune is important; reading Hebrew or music is not required; Tuesdays 7:00-8:15pm. Free for Ansche Chesed members; non-members pay $90 per semester or $180 per year. For more information, or to schedule an audition, please email NHirschhorn@AnscheChesed.org

Meeting ID: 9830 7068 203
Passcode: 963608
Talmud Study With Rabbi Kalmanofsky:
Taking Responsibility and Fixing Mistakes
Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
This year, the Wednesday night Talmud class will focus on Bava Kamma chapter 9.

Jewish ethics require us to be responsible people — that we fix what we break, and pay for our crimes. This year we will study some of the Talmud’s lengthy examination of torts, the complicated economic damages people can cause. Bava Kamma chapter 9 examines the laws of robbery, fraud and the restitution those criminals must make.

The chapters we will be focusing on can be found in Bava Kamma Volume 3 in the Artscroll Schottenstein Edition or Volume 2, Series 24 in Koren/Steinsaltz edition.


Meeting ID: 872 9427 4347
Passcode: bavakamma
YOUTH AND FAMILY
Mishpacha Services
Friday 4:30pm via Zoom
Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join Leilah for our Mishpacha Service, this Friday afternoon. Get ready for Shabbat with songs, puppets, movement -- and your friends from Ansche Chesed. 
Meeting ID: 634 698 822
Passcode: shabbat
Project Aliyah Kickoff
Sunday, October 25, 10am via Zoom
Join us as we launch this year's B'nai Mitzvah cohort (families celebrating between January 2021-Dec 2021). Spend some time getting to know other families and hearing more about the B'nai Mitzvah journey at AC. Parents will have the opportunity to meet with Rabbis Jeremy Kalmanofsky & Yael Hammerman, and Executive Director Josh Hanft for an overview of the process and details. Kids will join Youth Director Adina Beiner for a short breakout session thinking about what it means to become a B'nai Mitzvah.

Registration is now open for the ACHS 2020 - 2021 year!
We will begin the year with "ACHS@Home" for the Fall Semester, from October 13th to December 17th.

Please check out the ACHS web page, linked here, for this year's Class Schedule.

If we are able to transition to in-person classes at any point in the Winter/Spring Semesters 2021, we intend to adjust some of the beginning and end times of classes, to more fully line up with previous years' Hebrew School schedules. We have intentionally shortened class times for our Virtual learning model, in order to reduce screen time at the end of our students' school days.

Please be in touch with Rabbi Yael at rabbiyael@anschechesed.org with any questions or concerns. 

We will do our best to accommodate all students virtually this Fall, and throughout this year. 
Sign Up for AC Moving Traditions Groups!
Middle school and high school can be a challenging time. It's when teens ask big questions, figuring out who they want to become. It's a time when friendship and mentorship are needed most, and when the values and support of Jewish community can be a positive, guiding force. Ansche Chesed is excited to offer multiple boys and girls groups this coming year, in partnership with Moving Traditions. Together we're creating small, safe group experiences that encourage self-discovery, promote self-confidence and strengthen connections with other teens and the broader Jewish community.

Rosh Hodesh for Girls
8th-9th grades led by Adina Beiner, and 10th-11th grades led by Avital Moss
Rosh Hodesh groups focus on what it means to be a young Jewish woman in our world today. Through discussion, arts & crafts, creative ritual, games, and drama, the girls and their leaders draw on Jewish values and a gender lens to explore issues the girls care about - such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress.

Shevet for Guys
8th grade led by Ari Satok and 9th-11th grades led by Josh Ull
Shevet groups build a supportive community for boys to decompress, and balance having fun with deep discussion. Groups use games, media, conversation and other curricular tools, while developing friendships with each other as well as their group leader.

Groups will meet on Sunday evenings. We will begin our sessions in the Fall on Zoom, with the goal of moving towards in-person meetings when it is prudent to do so. All AC groups will have their first meeting on Sunday September 13 via Zoom and the group leader will communicate the rest of the meeting dates for the year. The cost of the program $360 for the year (10 meetings total). Scholarships available. 

If your teen does not identify as male or female, but would like to join a group, please let us know. We are happy to connect!

Click here to register! You can pay through the Ansche Chesed website here, please scroll down to Moving Traditions 2020 – 2021.
SOCIAL ACTION/COMMUNITY SERVICE
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!!!! Your Response Matters

Parts of NYC have less than 60% of households filling out the questionnaire. 

Health clinics. Fire departments. Schools. Even roads and highways. The census can shape many different aspects of your community.

Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into the states and communities each year.

The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets.

Oppose Obstruction of Court Hearings For Asylum Seekers
The Department of Justice is proposing new rules that would effectively end asylum in the U.S. These rules entail hurdles–including a 12-page application in English and a $50 fee within 15 days (down from 365) of their first court hearing.
 
Submit a comment by 11:59pm ET on October 23rd: Via Immigration Justice Campaign (click Take Action) or directly on the Federal Register

Only unique comments are counted. Use some of the talking points below to personalize your message:

  • A 15-day deadline does not give an asylum seeker enough time to obtain legal representation.
  • It takes most asylum seekers, even those with a lawyer, weeks to complete an application, deliver fees, and collect medical records, police reports, and other crucial documentation.
  • Many people seeking asylum do not speak English, and are more likely to make mistakes that could invalidate the application.
  • This new regulation would impact tens of thousands of aspiring Americans each year, and would lead to the deportation of thousands of asylum seekers without a meaningful review of their cases.
  • The rule would allow judges to submit their own evidence while diminishing the credibility of key sources, such as independent human rights organizations.
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Collecting Images of Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Do you have a picture of yourself or your family lighting the Hanukkah Menorah in years past? Perhaps, an image of a treasured parent or a grandparent lighting the Hanukkiah? We hope to be able to create a collage of these images to share with the community. 

Please upload the picture(s) to this link with a short description/names. We will let you know if we are able to use your image!  
5781 High Holiday Appeal
In this year our appeal is especially critical for our financial health.

Read the letter from our President Mark Paul and please donate.

We warmly thank you!
Renew your Membership
We hope you will renew your membership with Congregation Ansche Chesed.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be mailing out membership renewal forms this year and prefer that you renew your membership online. Please click HERE to renew your membership and security fees.
 
If you wish to pay by check, please email Martin and request a paper application be emailed to you. On the paper application, please remember to mark your membership dues pledge and security fee and mail the application and check to Congregation Ansche Chesed.

We are so grateful that close to 600 members have already rejoined, and affirmed their commitment to our community.

Congregation Ansche Chesed
AC Membership Directory
In these times, many members are reaching out to contact other members. Ansche Chesed does have an online directory for members. You will need your password to access the directory or to update your own information. You may click on the membership directory here. 

On the membership directory page, click on "edit my account info" to setup your directory listing.

Members need to voluntarily opt-in to the membership directory as we want to protect everyone's privacy. Those that do not wish to be placed in the directory will not be.

If you never setup or can't remember your password, email Martin Sivorinovsky and he will email you a link to setup a new password.
REACH OUT
Bikkur Cholim
As we are all concerned over the coronavirus, the Ansche Chesed community is here for you. If you feel you might be getting sick -- especially if you are older or alone, or you know people who are -- please let Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Rabbi Hammerman know. They, and other members of the bikkur cholim committee will be in touch, and make sure you are not alone.
What Matters
Ansche Chesed is pleased to announce it has joined with other New York synagogues and communal organizations in an initiative called What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life. This effort aims to heighten awareness around the importance of completing advance care directives, and enable individuals to thoughtfully consider and document their end of life preferences, with opportunities to engage Jewish values as part of the process. Confidential conversations are conducted by trained and certified Ansche Chesed facilitators, who are available to answer important questions and help walk you through the process, clarifying your goals and wishes for future healthcare and related choices in case you are unable to speak for yourself.
 
We look forward to working with you on this important initiative. Should you wish to schedule a conversation, please eMail, whatmatters@anschechesed.org, or leave a message at (212)865.0600 x201, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Do you know someone who is ill or in need of temporary support? The Bikkur Cholim Committee is here to help.
If you know someone who is ill and in need of a visit or a meal, or other assistance, please contact the Bikkur Cholim committee. The Bikkur Cholim committee helps care for Ansche Chesed members who are ill or have been hospitalized. We visit them; telephone and send cards; provide meals, especially for Shabbat; shop for them; and escort them to doctors' appointments.

Please contact Maron Waxman or Bettyrose Nelson at BikkurCholim@AnscheChesed.org if you need help or to join the Bikkur Cholim volunteer corps.

Click here for more information on life cycle support at Ansche Chesed.
AC is Collecting Eyeglasses
More than two billion people globally need glasses but lack access due to income, distance, or disaster. Seeing clearly provides the opportunity for adults and children to succeed at school or work, and care for their families. Eye Make A Difference, a VSP Global Eyes of Hope program, is a no-cost way for companies, individuals, and organizations to donate glasses to help those in need. Please drop off your eyeglasses to the office! 
ICE Know Your Rights
If you or anyone you know may be at risk of deportation, please review these Know Your Rights flyers provided by Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Immigrant Defense Project.

Click here to view, download, and share all the information you need.
ELECTION 2020 CORNER
Phone & Text Banking
As our country continues to face the coronavirus, storms and fires fuelled by climate change, and ongoing white supremacist violence, we can’t afford to rebuild the same polluting, inequitable, and fragile economy as before. We need big, bold, and urgent action to meet what science and justice demand, and we need elected officials who have the chutzpah to take action on Day 1. That’s why Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action has launched #Chutzpah2020, a new campaign to educate and mobilize voters for climate justice. Join Dayenu to text and call voters in key states before the election at http://chutzpah.vote
We need help texting voters! Care in Action is dedicated to fighting for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women. With primaries coming up, it's essential voters have the information they need to be able to cast a ballot safely, without risking their health.

We need to text thousands of voters - Click here to register to be a texter

Run by ROV-Manhattan Phonebank Team. Sponsored by members and friends of the Fourth Universalist Society, Ethical Culture of New York, and Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. Open to all. Every Monday from 4-6pm

Absentee Ballots and the 2020 Election
Governor Cuomo has signed a bill giving all New York voters the option to vote by mail this fall due to the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
 
You must request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. We recommend requesting your ballot and mailing it back as soon as possible. We expect the Board of Elections to have an online request form available soon. In the meantime, you can find print-at-home application forms here

At present, there are 3 ways to request an absentee ballot:
  1. Mail application to your local borough office
  2. Call 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692)
  3. Fax application to 212-487-5349

Vote by mail FAQs
What reason should I select on my ballot request form?
You can choose “Temporary illness or disability,” which includes the risk of contracting the coronavirus. 
Am I still eligible to vote in person if I request a ballot?
Yes! You can still vote early in person (October 24th-November 1st) or on Election Day if you request a ballot. Your early voting site may be different from your normal poll site, so make sure to check before you go. The Board of Elections will announce early voting locations in the coming weeks. You can check your poll sites here: nyc.pollsitelocator.com
If I voted by mail during the June primaries, do I still need to request a ballot?
Yes, unless you are already on the permanent absentee voter list due to a long-term disability or illness.
When will absentee ballots be mailed?
The Board of Elections will mail ballots to voters who request them on a rolling basis. 
I’m worried about the mail. Can I drop off my ballot after I receive it?
I am currently living abroad. Can I vote by mail?
Yes! You can find more information from the Federal Voting Assistance Program at www.fvap.gov.

We encourage all New Yorkers to vote safely this fall. To learn more about your options, visit www.nyccfb.info/coronavirus.
COMMUNITY
Get Covid-19 Exposure Alerts:
Add Your Phone, Stop The Spread
To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. One way you can help yourself and your community is by participating in our newly launched mobile contract tracing app COVID Alert NY.

COVID Alert NY is a voluntary, anonymous, exposure-notification smartphone app. You will get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Knowing about a potential exposure allows you to self-quarantine immediately, get tested and reduce the potential exposure risk to your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and others.

The more people who download COVID Alert NY, the more effective it will be. Help protect your community while maintaining your privacy. The free mobile apps–available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in New York or New Jersey–are available for download from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. COVID Alert NY is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Korean, Russian and Haitian Creole.

Download the free app to your smartphone to receive an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Apple: Download on the App Store
Google: Get it on Google Play
Weekly Pandemic Support Group
Mondays at 7pm
COVID19 has led to a significant amount of stress, and many people need a space of connection and support. The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS) is sponsoring a special support group to help those who are struggling, to get through the current pandemic. These Zoom sessions will be facilitated by Jessica Cohen, LMSW.

Please contact Jessica with any additional questions, concerns or to receive information about joining by email or at 347-735-0583.

JOIN VIA ZOOM
Mighty Milk: Support For New Moms
Know any new or expectant moms who might welcome expert info on breast feeding? Kate Miller, daughter of Susan Cohen and Peter Hellman, has just launched Mighty Milk, offering "confidence boosting, myth busting," coaching sessions led on-line by a certified lactation consultant. Info at https://milkismighty.com/expectant-parents/
Ansche Chesed CSA
The Ansche Chesed CSA WILL be continuing this year, with socially distanced weekly pick-ups on Wednesdays from 12-1pm on the sidewalk outside of Ansche Chesed.

Please visit their website for information on how to register to get farm fresh fruits and veggies.

Visit the AnscheChesed CSA website for more information or email them at anschechesedcsa@gmail.com
DOROT Onsite at Home (previously On-site programs)
Dorot has made changes and moved all of our on-site programs onto a digital platform - these are now Zoom-based classes. 

To register and receive a weekly email of the upcoming classes, please send an email that includes your name and phone number to dorotprograms@dorotusa.org. For those seniors who don't have computers or technology (smartphone/tablet/cell) with cameras, you are welcome to participate in the Zoom programming by dialing in over the phone.

If someone would like to participate in DOROT programs but doesn't know how to use Zoom, please email technologyhelp@dorotusa.org. They will be happy to connect them to one of DOROT's volunteer Tech Coaches by phone, who will be able to assist.
Chef's Table Kosher Catering has prepared gourmet foods, delivered to customers in New York City. These are be pre-cooked, delicious kosher meals delivered right to your door.

Visit their website to view their menu.

Contact Bruce at (917)-868-7964 or his website for more information.
SHUK
Apartments Available
Two very large, bright one bedroom floor through apartments for rent in an exquisite brownstone on a quiet side street close to Ansche Chesed.  New kitchen, new appliances (including d/w), new fixtures and hardwood floors throughout.  Ample closets.  Ideal for working remotely but close to #1,2,and 3 subways. Apartment 3 on the top floor has skylights in the kitchen and bathroom, listing at $3400.00. Apartment 2 without skylights but equally bright and spacious, $3100.00.  Call Ghislaine Boulanger 917.771.4838.

Babysitter Available
Our sitter of more than 11 years is now available for PT or FT work. She is truly wonderful and has become a part of our family. Please email Risa Greenbaum at greendawgs@gmail.com for more information.
Caretaker and Housekeeper Available
Experienced and wonderful caring caretaker and housekeeper seeking employment. She took care of my mother and truly enhanced my mother's quality of life before she passed in April.

For additional information please feel free to e mail me, Corinne Boren or call 212 864 8163 and leave a message.
If you are a member, you may send "shuk" postings to shuk@anschechesed.org. All postings must have a member's contact info, and received by Tuesday at 3pm.
Postings run for only two weeks.
STAFF DIRECTORY
212.865.0600
Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky
ext. 21


Rabbi Yael Hammerman
Associate Rabbi
ext. 208

Mark Paul
President

Martin Sivorinovsky
Administrative Director
ext. 216
Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn
Music Director
ext. 242

Joshua Hanft
Executive Director
ext. 209

Darone Ruskay
Programming Director
ext. 201
Despite our best efforts and extensive proof-reading, we apologize for any errors or omissions. Please note: If you wish to be included in the Community or Shuk sections of the Weekly Newsletter (which is sent out on Thursday), please email druskay@anschechesed.org with a Word or plain text version of your title, date/time, brief blurb, and relevant link/contact info by end of business on Tuesday.