WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Nitzavim/Vayelekh
September 12, 2020 / 23 Elul 5780
THIS SHABBAT
Not Shabbat Morning Study: Friday, 9:30am Via Zoom
Mishpacha Service: Friday, 4pm Via Zoom
Kabbalat Shabbat: Remembering September 11 Friday, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Services: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Service Saturday, 7:50pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 6:53pm
Haftara: Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9
Shabbat Ends: 7:50pm
THIS WEEK
Learn To Toot Your Own Horn: Shofar Blowing Thursday, 7pm Via Zoom
Selichot Saturday, 11pm Via Zoom
🌳 Welcome Back Picnic Sunday, 10:30am Register Here
Meditation Monday: Preparing for the High Holidays Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
How Do You Want To Live? Monday, 7pm Via Zoom
Hear Our Muted Voices: Gates of the Righteous and the Book of Life
Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Creating A Holy Space: (Wherever We Are) Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
MAZEL TOV
CONDOLENCES
Please join us in sending condolences to Micha Lang, Deborah Crowell and their children Aviv, Ella and Evan, at the passing of Micha's mother, Miriam Stern Lang, at 95.
HIGH HOLIDAYS
Ansche Chesed has shared two emails pertaining to the High Holiday Schedule and things to help you prepare for the High Holidays in the past week.

Instead of reposting the content from those emails, we have included links to them as well as to the High Holiday Hub on our website.
PRAYER
Kabbalat Shabbat: Remembering September 11 
Friday, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Join us as we begin Shabbat by remembering our personal experiences of September 11, 19 years ago. Also, now that Shabbat is beginning earlier, this week we will also add a full maariv to our services.

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

Please click in at 6:15pm for some time to schmooze and greet each other first, the ritual gathering will start at 6:30pm.


or call
929 205 6099, 
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Shabbat Morning Services
Via Zoom Saturday, September 12 at 9:45am 

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 prepared for Shabbat morning as long as you disable your computer's sleep function. We will begin tefillah itself promptly at 9:45am.
 
This Shabbat morning 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 Nitzavim/Vayelekh (Deuteronomy 29:9 - 31:30; Isaiah 61:10 - 63:9) 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
Weekday Morning Minyan
Monday-Friday at 7:30am 
Sunday at 8:30am
or call: 929 205 6099
meeting ID: 933 006 171
ELUL PROGRAMMING
Learn To Toot Your Own Horn: Shofar Blowing Workshop
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm Via Zoom
The central mitzvah of Rosh HaShanah is to hear the call of the shofar with your own ears. That will be more difficult this year, as we will gather virtually for the holidays. Some of us will opt to hear the shofar through virtual links. Others will choose to come to some of the in-person opportunities AC will create. 

But you can always blow the shofar for yourself! It’s not that difficult to get a sound out of it, and with a little practice, you can achieve a resonant sound that can truly stir the soul.

Please join some of our community's most skilled shofar blowers who will serve as coaches at one of two special workshops to help you learn this skill and enable you to fully complete this mitzvah.

Selichot
Saturday, September 12, 11pm Via Zoom
Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Hazzan Hirschhorn, along with our long-time friends, AC member Mike Cohen on woodwinds and percussionist Ronen Itzik, as we implore God to לשמוע אל הרינה ואל התפילה , “hear our prayer and praise,” and help us ready ourselves for this season of teshuva. 


Meditation Monday: Preparing for the High Holidays
Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
As we prepare ourselves for the Awesome Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, just how do we learn from our mistakes, transform worry, and cultivate compassion as we greet the New Year? Contemplative meditation offers a mindful vehicle for Teshuvah (repentance--literally, return). By turning within, we can reflect on the past, let go, and move forward. Join us for Mondays in Elul to practice meditation with kavannot (focused intentions) to ready ourselves for the year to come.

We invite newcomers, meditators at all levels, and our stalwart regulars to join us.

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

How Do You Want to Live?
Reflections on Repentance from Jewish Spiritual Masters
Monday, September 14, 7pm Via Zoom
The High Holiday season of teshuva asks us to look into the mirror honestly, to see the gap between who we are and who we might yet become. Please sit around a virtual table with Rabbi Kalmanofsky and sages from 13th century Spain, 16th century Land of Israel and 19th century Poland to ask ourselves: How do you want to live?

Hear Our (muted) Voices - Shema Koleynu in the Age of Zoom
Part 4: Gates of the Righteous and the Book of Life
Tuesday, September 15 7pm Via Zoom
The High Holiday liturgy gains power when recited by hundreds of voices in unison. This year the poems, pleas, and praises of our prayers will sound different as we hear them over electronic platforms and recite them to ourselves in our apartments. Join Hazzan Hirschhorn and Rabbi Kalmanofsky to study some classic High Holiday passage, and think together about what they will mean when recited during Covid isolation.

Meet the Mahzor with Rabbi Hammerman: (Yom Kippur)
Wednesday, September 23, 9:30am Via Zoom
It can be hard to appreciate our High Holiday services – to find the prayers spiritually elevating or comforting – when you don’t understand the flow of the Mahzor (the High Holiday Prayerbook) and the arc of our holiday services. Join Rabbi Hammerman for a Preview of the Mahzor of our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, to help everyone find their place in our Mahzor, and in our prayer community.

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.

Not Shabbat Morning Study
Friday, September 4, 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
Password: NotShabbat
YOUTH AND FAMILY
Mishpacha Services
Friday, September 11, 4pm 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. 
Welcome Back Picnic
Sunday, September 13 10:30am-12:30pm
🌳 Join us for a social distanced picnic to see old friends, meet new ones and kick off the year at AC! We will be meeting in Riverside Park around 100th St. (use the 99th street entrance, walk to the right and look for some friendly faces) and we suggest you bring a blanket for your family to sit on. Young families are invited from 10:30 - 11:30 and our middle school/teen families are invited from 11:30 - 12:30pm. Scooters, bikes, and sports equipment are welcome!

This program is FREE! And BYOS (bring your own snacks!) In order to keep people as safe as possible, we will not be providing or sharing food.

Space will be limited, so please sign up today!
Elul Meditation For Teens
Thursday, September 17 8-8:45pm
The Hebrew month of Elul, which leads up to the High Holidays, is a time of self-reflection. To prepare for the High Holidays, let's ground ourselves in Jewish mindfulness and meditation. By recalling our actions of the past year - those we are proud of and those which we seek teshuva for - we can better set our intentions for the year to come. Join us as we connect with ourselves and other AC teens! This session will be led by Youth Director, Adina Beiner and AC Teen Becca Reibstein. Zoom link will be given upon registration.

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.

We encourage ACHS families to join AC Holiday Family Services and Programs (both virtual and in-person, if possible) for FREE in September and early October.

Register by September 10th for an Early Bird Discount of $75 per child!

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
West Side Campaign Against Hunger Virtual Town Hall
Wednesday, September 16th at 12:30pm Register Here

Join this virtual Town Hall to learn what the West Side Capaign Against Hunger is doing to serve the needy in our community The team will be discussing how WSCAH continues to meet the increased need, serving more than 5,500 new households this year and distributing 33% more healthy food than last year.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Prayers for Good Health
As Rabbi Kalmanofsky shared recently, long-time Ansche Chesed security guard Erick DeJesus is now facing colon cancer. While he is optimistic about his prognosis, much will remain uncertain until his surgery in two weeks.

If you would like to send Erick a note or get well card, they can be mailed to the Ansche Chesed offices, and we will make sure they are forwarded to him.

With our prayers for Erick's well-being, let's remember that we should all care for our own health. As our member Dr. Matthew Weissman reminds us, colon cancer risk can be reduced by eating more fruits and veggies and consuming less red meat and alcohol. New York City recently released updated screening guidelines that recommend either a colonoscopy or a stool-based test, beginning at age 45. 
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 500 members have already rejoined, and affirmed their commitment to our community.

Congregation Ansche Chesed
Join The Sanctuary Service Committee
Our Sanctuary Steering Committee is composed of lay leaders who help recruit our members to take on various roles in the services along with our clergy. The roles within the SSC may be different in the time of online services, but its members' contributions are as important and appreciated as ever. We want to thank Naomi Marcus for completing her two year service as the Leyning Coordinator. If you would like to be considered for a position on the SSC, please let us know at SSCNominate@Anschechesed.org
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.
AC Professional Skills Directory
Our members possess a multitude of different skills and areas of expertise. With that in mind, we have compiled a directory of congregants who are willing and able to help each other with issues that have arisen because of the pandemic. It is available here

Our directory is being update on a rolling basis, so if you have a useful service you would like to offer (such as landlord/tenant law, financial advice, IT support, etc) , please contact AC member Nicole Grunfeld at nicole.grunfeld@gmail.com with your name, contact info, a short description of the service you can provide, and a note about your fees (including whether you can offer any complimentary support and/or an AC discount). 

Payments to Ansche Chesed
As our offices are closed during the Covid19 epidemic please make all payments and donate via our website rather than write checks.  

If you must write a check, please wait until you hear from us that the offices are open again.

Thanks,

Ansche Chesed
REACH OUT
AC Kavod 2020
During this difficult time, there may be members of our community who could use some extra support -- someone to help buy groceries, or even just someone to talk to. If you need anything, please send an email to ackavod2020@gmail.com and one of our Ansche Chesed volunteers will get in touch with you. If you are interested in joining our volunteer force, please email ackavod2020@gmail.com
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.
COMMUNITY
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 beginning on September 18, 2020. 
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.
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 High Holidays menu.

Contact Bruce at (917)-868-7964 or his website for more information.
SHUK
A Place to Work and Live
Ansche Chesed member, Vicki Brower's apartment building is having work done, which is making it a difficult place to work and live because of noise and dirt. Do you have a home to sublet, rent, house sit, for a few weeks to months, in-town or out?

If you have a place that might work for her, or know of someone who does, please email Vicki and let her know.
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.