WEEKLY NEWS
Shabbat Balak
July 16, 2022 / 17 Tammuz 5782
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:30pm, In-Person in 5 North
Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am, In-Person in 5 North
TeleTefila Service: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit, 10am on Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 9:14pm on Zoom
THIS WEEK
Scribblers on the Roof - "What Jonah Knew" and "Atomic Anna":
Monday, 8pm In-Person on the Roof (click here for the full lineup of authors)
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Welcome Back Rabbi Kalmanofsky!

In honor of Rabbi Kalmanofsky's return from his sabbatical, join us for an extra sweet kiddush on Shabbat. It's been five months in the making!
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Kiddush Sponsorships

Looking for a way to give back? Consider sponsoring a kiddush or donating to the Kiddush Fund. COVID has depleted some of our usual funding and we're hoping to replenish so that we can continue to offer a delicious kiddush. Click here to donate.
COVID Test Kits

AC has a limited supply of COVID test kits available for members while supplies last. If you are in need of a kit, please contact Rachel Zorbaron to arrange collection.
Membership Renewal for 2022-2023

We look forward to opening our doors wider in the coming year: observing the chagim (holidays) together; celebrating simchas; learning and singing- all in our newly renovated spiritual home. 

Please sustain Ansche Chesed by renewing your membership.

We'll be at regular capacity for the High Holidays. (A remote option will also be available.) If you want to request the same quantity and location of high holiday seats as in the past, please renew your membership by August 1, 2022.  After that date, seats will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. All outstanding account balances must be paid in full to secure high holiday seats.

Questions? Please contact Martin Sivorinovsky at msivorinovsky@anschechesed.org or by calling 212 865 0600 x216.
Meet Your New Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (EC) consists of AC’s lay officers and two at-large trustees, who work closely with clergy and staff, help set strategic priorities for the larger Board of Trustees, and address issues that arise between board meetings. Here’s this year’s EC:
Dawn Kellman, President

I’ll be partnering with the EC, the board, staff, clergy and committee chairs to continue our post-Covid rebuilding efforts and to ensure that Ansche Chesed remains financially strong.
Stephanie Wank Kofman, Vice President

I’m the EC’s liaison to the personnel committee, which supports AC staff in creating a workplace that both complies with federal, state, and local law and reflects our values as Ansche Chesed, people of kindness.
Vivian Mamelak, Treasurer

I’ll be reporting AC’s finances monthly to the leadership, developing our annual budget, and working closely with the finance committee to think strategically about how we allocate our resources.
Laurie Izes, Secretary

In addition to recording all executive committee and board of trustee meetings, I’ll be collaborating with our professional staff to improve our member communications.
Brad Rothschild, Member-at-Large

I'll be working to ensure that Ansche Chesed's programming continues to be engaging and compelling for our congregants.
Suzan Rosen, Member-at-Large

I will be focusing on initiatives to enhance our community’s safety and emergency preparedness
HIRSCH HALL TRANSFORMATION PROCEEDS!
The old chandeliers have been removed to make way for new, contemporary lighting, and the newly reconfigured entrance to Hirsch Hall is taking shape. The stage is gone, increasing the floor area, and redesigned doors to the adjoining Annex (gym) will open up the space for larger events. A renovated lobby will be a fitting front entrance to both rooms and a renovated back walkway (loggia) a fitting rear entrance to the Hall. With the addition of aesthetic improvements, the entire Lower Level will become a more desirable place for celebrations and a source of greater income.

Nearly half of the membership already has pledged and/or donated to the Rav Chesed Campaign, and we have raised more than $7.8 million to date. But with an $8 million goal, we need every member to contribute.

Click the thermometer to pledge or donate to the Rav Chesed campaign, and to check out the campaign video and FAQs. If you already have donated, thank you for getting us this far. 
AC's Fourth Floor is Available to Rent

Do you know a non-profit or community group looking for reasonably-priced space on the Upper West Side ? Our sun-drenched fourth floor is now available for rent. The flexible space - ideal for classrooms, offices and meetings - offers:

  • High ceilings
  • Large windows
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Storage
  • ADA-compliant bathrooms
  • Full-time security

Pass along THIS VIDEO to anyone in your network who may have an interest. Post on social media! You’ll be helping the shul establish an important source of revenue.
COVID Protocols
Please see our website for a full list of Covid Protocols:

Attendance: We are not requiring preregistration to attend services.

Vaccination: Attendees must have received all eligible vaccines.

MasksWe ask that everyone continue to wear masks in the building except when leading prayers, reading Torah or taking speaking roles, or eating during Kiddush.
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

We continue to hold in-person davening on Sundays (8:30am), and Mondays and Thursdays (7:30am).

As we head into high Summer, we are moving back to the Chapel for in-person davening.

All Morning Minyan services will continue to be available on Zoom

Please join us.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Fridays at 6:30pm, IN-PERSON in 5N
Join us as we begin Shabbat with our traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and 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.


Due to the heat of July and August, we will be holding Friday night, and most Shabbat morning, Sanctuary services on the air-conditioned 5th floor. We do not have the necessary audio/visual set up on the 5th floor to continue our virtual Shabbat services during the summer. Therefore, Shabbat services will be held In-Person only.  

As we pause our Zoom component, please consider joining us in person, if you are able to. In particular, please join us on Friday evenings at 6:30pm, so we can welcome Shabbat joyfully in community, and so we can ensure a minyan. 

If you are looking for a virtual Shabbat morning service this summer, TeleTefila, organized by Rimonim and West Side Minyan, will continue to meet over Zoom.
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, 9:45am IN-PERSON in 5 North

Join the Ansche Chesed community for a traditional Conservative Shabbat morning prayer service.


Misheberakh List

We invite you to add the names of your dear ones to our Misheberakh List so that we can include them in our weekly Shabbat prayers for healing. Submit names here: https://anschechesed.shulcloud.com/form/2022-ansche-chesed-misheberakh-submissions-htm. Names will remain on the Mishaberakh list for one month.
Kabbalat Shabbat Live!
Friday, July 22 at 6:30pm, IN-PERSON on the Roof (weather permitting)
Praise God with string instruments, praise God with your breath! On Friday, July 22nd you can do just that if you join Cantor Hirschhorn on the AC Roof, along with AC's musicians, to welcome Shabbat with our traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and maariv service
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Scribblers on the Roof
After two years on Zoom, Scribblers is back in-person on AC's Roof!

Join us at our popular literary program to hear emerging and established Jewish writers read from their recent work, all on our breezy and beautiful rooftop space. Snacks, beverages and books available for purchase.

See the full lineup of authors below.
"What Jonah Knew" and "Atomic Anna"
Monday, July 18 at 8pm
Barbara Graham
Rachel Barenbaum
"Maybe It's Me" and "Fear and Other Stories"
Monday, July 25 at 8pm
Eileen Pollack
Anita Norich
"Aunt Bird" and "The Lost Expert"
Monday, August 1 at 8pm
Yerra Sugarman
Hal Niedzviecki
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Ukraine
Mivtza Ukraine, produced by Hazzan Hirschhorn with the Cantors Assembly, will be airing on JLTV and JBS beginning this week. To watch, see a list of broadcast times below.

Click here to watch online and donate to help the people of Ukraine.
Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 AM ET
Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
 
Friday, July 15 at 6:00 PM ET
 
Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 PM ET
 
Monday, July 18 at 8:00 PM ET/PT
 
Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 AM ET
Thursday, July 21 at 5:00 PM ET
 
Sunday, July 24 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 PM ET
 
Wednesday, July 13 at 1:30 AM ET
Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30 AM ET
 
Friday, July 15 at 2:30 AM ET
Friday, July 15 at 10:30 AM ET
Click here for a recording of a talk by Rabbi Alisa "Tzipi" Zilbershtein, a Ukrainian graduate of JTS doing what she can as a volunteer to help people caught in this horrific situation.

If you wish to contribute directly to Rabbi Zilbershtein's work in Ukraine, click here.
Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance
ACRA was created by a group of volunteers who wanted an avenue to respond to the world refugee crisis. Over the past six months, we have helped 4 family cohorts—a total of 10 people—who have fled violence to rebuild their lives in the US. Maybe you’re one of the many Ansche Chesed members and friends who have helped by working directly with these families, donating money, or providing furniture. We would like to extend our work to others in need. We have been approached by agencies to take on more refugees-–there is endless need!

Our experience shows that we need to raise an additional $40,000 - and increase our volunteer pool - to comfortably commit to sponsor an additional family and continue supporting those already in the ACRA “family.” For that, we need your help! 

Donations can be made online here.
To become more involved, please reach out to us here
FAMILY AND TEEN PROGRAMMING
AC Hebrew School 2022-2023 Registration Open!
Click here to register for the Ansche Chesed Hebrew School's upcoming year.

ACHS classes will begin on Wednesday, September 14. Classes will be held in-person.

Register by August 15th for an Early Bird Discount of $75 per child

Please see the ACHS website for this year's Class Schedule.

Please contact Rabbi Yael with questions about ACHS or to discuss class placement, or contact the office with questions about the online application.
REACH OUT
Chesed Chevra
The Chesed Chevra empowers our congregants to fulfill the mitzvah of helping community members who are in need by performing acts of loving-kindness. Our aim is to ensure that all shul members who are experiencing a life event such as the birth of a child, illness, or loss feel supported by the Ansche Chesed community. 

How to get involved: 

  • Volunteer to help! You can make a difference within your community in just five minutes a week. Please email us to get involved at chesed@anschechesed.org.
  • Let us help you! As a beloved member of our community, we would like to be there for you whenever you need support. Please contact the clergy or email us at chesed@anschechesed.org. 
  • Make a gift! Contribute here toward the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund to ensure there are resources to provide support to members in need.
COMMUNITY
Ansche Chesed CSA
Summer to Fall 2022
Join our farm share group for fresh, delicious produce. The Ansche Chesed CSA offers organic vegetables and sunflowers, free-range organic eggs, and low-spray fruit. The Garden of Eve farm on Long Island farm will deliver farm shares to Ansche Chesed every Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:30pm, June 8 to November 18, 2022. You can select weekly or every-other-week delivery.
 
Go to https://gardenofevefarm.com/ for information about the farm. To sign up for the Ansche Chesed CSA, go to https://csa.farmigo.com/join/gardenofevefarm/SummerFall2022 and choose UWS Manhattan: Ansche Chesed.
Schechter Manhattan Upper Elementary School (3-5) Teaching Position 2022-2023
Student-centered Jewish Day school with a strong culture of collaboration is looking to fill an upper elementary teaching position. Candidates must be committed to working as part of a team and supporting students in their academic, social/emotional and spiritual development.

Experience/Background:
  • 1-2 years classroom teaching required
  • BA, EdM, or MA in education preferred
  • Comfort with Hebrew would be nice but not required 
  • Training in and/or experience with teaching elementary-aged students required 
  • Experience teaching a student-centered, hands-on curriculum preferred 
  • Interest and willingness to work in a highly collaborative environment required

Salary: $52,000- $79,000 FTE, and commensurate with experience
Contact: Email resume to Gary Pretsfelder, Principal, garypretsfelder@schechtermanhattan.org
Chef's Table
Our long-time friend and kitchen tenant, Bruce Soffer of Chef's Table, offers you catering menus for Shabbat and holidays.

Chef's Table prepares delicious kosher meals, delivered right to your door.

Contact Bruce at (917) 868-7964 or his website for more information.
SHUK
Highly capable male home-health aide seeks new position. We’d like to find a new position for our outstanding certified home-health aide—a mature man, highly experienced—who has helped us through serious illness and post-hospital trauma. Night shift preferred but daytime ok. Attentive, intelligent, warm, caring and an expert in handling difficult situations. For more info, please call Janet Leuchter, 917-837-6247, jbleuchter@gmail.com.


Experienced and wonderful caring caretaker and housekeeper seeking employment.  Anila took care of my mother for almost three years and truly enhanced my mother's quality of life before my mother passed in April of 2020. Should you require additional information please feel free to contact Corinne Boren at co18bo@aol.com or 212-864-8163.


I am looking to sell the three paintings below, made by the Argentinian granddaughter of survivors and exhibited at The Studios @ Harlow Street in Boston. They are titled, from left to right, Genesis 1, Creation, and Cosmic Forces, and have braille and other details that cannot be captured in a picture. If someone is interested in making an offer on some or all of the paintings, wants more information on the artist, or wants to get a better look at the paintings over FaceTime or Zoom, please contact Helen Rinde at hrinde@yahoo.com.
If you are a member, you may send "shuk" postings to Josh Ashley at jashley@anschechesed.org. All postings must have a member's contact info, and be received by Tuesday at 3pm. Please send in Word or plain text format with your title, date/time, and brief blurb. Postings run for only two weeks.
Despite our best efforts and extensive proofreading, we apologize for any errors or omissions.