WEEKLY NEWS
Shabbat Bamidbar
June 4, 2022 / 5 Sivan 5782
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat Live!: Friday, 6:30pm, In-Person, Livestreamed or on Zoom
Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am In-Person, Livestreamed or on Zoom
TeleTefila Service: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit, 10am on Zoom
Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am in 5 North
Big Kids Service: Saturday, 11am In-Person in 2 South
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 9pm on Zoom
SHAVUOT
Shavuot Tikkun Under the Stars: Saturday, 7:30pm on the Roof
Sanctuary Shavuot Service Day 1 (Including "First Fruits" Aliyah): Sunday, 9:45am In-Person, Livestreamed or on Zoom
Minyan M'at Shavuot Service Day 1: Sunday, 10am in 5 North
#TheSabbathChallenge: Sunday, 12:30pm at St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Sanctuary Shavuot Service Day 2 (Including Yizkor): Monday, 9:45am In-Person, Livestreamed or on Zoom
Minyan M'at Shavuot Service Day 2: Monday, 10am in 5 North
Family Shavuot Nature Walk: Monday, 11am in Central Park
THIS WEEK
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class: Saturday, 7:30pm on Zoom,
Weekly Talmud Masechet Pesachim: Wednesday, 7pm on Zoom
CONDOLENCES

Join us in mourning the passing of our long-time friend and AC member, Marilyn Levi, and wishing comfort to her family. May her memory be a blessing to us all.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Security Presentation
Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm on Zoom
Please join us for an Active Threat Training sponsored by the JCRC on June 16 at 7:30 on Zoom. This presentation follows on the CRASE training held at Ansche Chesed in January of 2020. Recent events unfortunately underscore the importance of regularly taking steps to educate and inform our community.

Ethan Erlich will take us through key points that could help you understand your options and make critical choices in an emergency, anywhere you find yourself.

The presentation will allow time for facilitated Q&A.

Ethan Erlich has over 24 years of hands-on experience responding to all types of emergencies. For the last 10 years he has served on the Emergency Service Unit in a major metropolitan police department. In addition to being an Active Shooter instructor, Ethan is certified to teach firearms and security courses. He regularly consults for faith based institutions, and trains with paid and volunteer security teams.

Meeting ID: 853 9772 7442
Passcode: chesed
Ukraine
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.

For those to wish to contribute to directly to Rabbi Zilbershtein's work in Ukraine, click here.
Mivtza Ukraine
Sunday, June 12 at 10am livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook

The ongoing war in Ukraine concerns us all. We are in close contact with our Masorti/Conservative communities in Kyiv, Chernivtsi, Odessa, Kharkov and Dnipro – who are spending unimaginable nights in bomb shelters and are trying to find refuge in the west of Ukraine and in other countries. We stand with our sisters and brothers and all those in Ukraine under attack during this distressing time and pray for their safety. 

But with the crisis worsening with each passing day, we must do more. Masorti Olami, together with our partners at The Schechter Institutes, have been responding to the needs of our communities, providing care packages to children in Kharkiv and organizing transport and accommodation for those fleeing their homes. To date, we have helped over 100 individuals evacuate the country and are working to assist many more.

Produced for Masorti Olami and The Schechter Institutes by the Cantors Assembly, Mivtza Ukraine is a 1-hour video “telethon” of music and hope. ("Mivtza" means "operation" or "campaign.") We will hear beautiful music from world-class instrumentalists and some of the Masorti/Conservative Movement’s top voices. We will meet refugees–both within Ukraine and those who have fled–-listen to their stories, share prayers and messages of solidarity and inspiration from leaders of the Masorti/Conservative movement from around the world, and learn about the critical work Masorti Olami and Schechter are doing to bring relief to refugees and to lay the groundwork for rebuilding when the conflict has ended. Our goal is to unite all corners of the Masorti/Conservative Jewish world for a single hour with one purpose: to help the people of Ukraine.

All funds raised will go directly to our Ukraine Emergency Campaign.

To watch on Facebook, click here.
To watch on YouTube, click here.
#MivtzaUkraine #OperationUkraine #MasortiUkraine #HopeUkraine\
Show Us Your Challah!
 
Submit a picture of your homemade challah to have it featured in AC communications. Send images of finished, in progress or members in action baking to Rachel, our Membership Engagement Director, at rzorbaron@anschechesed.org

Photo credit @challahtales @nicoleduvalart
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. Seats in the Sanctuary by windows and on the balcony are available for those who prefer to maintain social distance.

Vaccination: Attendees must have received all eligible vaccines, including booster shots. Children under age 5 (who are not yet eligible for vaccination) may attend.

MasksWe ask that everyone continue to wear masks in the synagogue building, except when leading prayers, reading Torah or taking speaking roles, or while eating during Kiddush.
Photo credit Jeff French Segall
Our 2022 Gala Was a Huge Success!

Enjoy watching the tributes and acceptance speeches, looking at Jeff’s wonderful photos, and reading the journal.
PRAYER
Weekday Morning Minyan
Tuesday-Friday at 7:30am 
Sunday at 8:30am
or call: 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 933 006 171
Passcode: minyan

We hold our Sunday morning minyan in-person at 8:30am in the Ansche Chesed sanctuary. Please join us!
June Friday Nights At-A-Glance
Fridays, at 6:30pm, IN-PERSON in the Sanctuary, Livestreamed, or on Zoom
Friday, June 3, 6:30pm: Kabbalat Shabbat Live!
Praise God with string instruments, praise God with your breath! This Friday night you can do just that if you join Cantor Hirschhorn, along with AC's own musicians David Steinberg on violin, Jeff Segall and Martin Green on guitars, and Sam Bahn on percussion, to welcome Shabbat with our traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and maariv service.


Friday, June 10, 6:30pm: 2022 Graduation Shabbat and L'hitraot to Matt Check 
For everything there is a season... A time to cry, and a time to Kvell! Isn't that what King Solomon meant to say in Ecclesiastes?!
 
Join us to welcome Shabbat on Friday evening, June 10, as we kvell as a community with our AC 2022 Graduates -- from Pre-K, 5th grade, 8th grade, High School, College, PhD's and beyond! We would love to honor our 2022 graduates by involving you in the service. If you or your child are planning to join us, please email Rabbi Yael at rabbiyael@anschechesed.org

We will also say L'hitra'ot ("until we meet again") and Thank you to our Interim Education and Family Program Director, Matt Check, who will be concluding his time at AC in mid-June. Please join us in Matt's honor! 

We will conclude our service with a celebratory sparkling (non-alcoholic) toast and a sweet send-off for all. 


Friday, June 17, 6:30pm: Shirei Shabbat - with a Musical Surprise!
Join Hazzan Hirschhorn for an evening of song and prayer as we support and elevate the voice of our community with the help of Shirei Chesed led by our talented team of Meshorerim. We hope that everyone will feel empowered and inspired to lift their voice with us in holy harmony, uv'nima kedosha.  
Come or tune in to hear what musical surprise we have for you today. Don’t miss this last Shirei Shabbat service of the season! 


Friday, June 24, 6:30pm: Pride Shabbat
Join us for a special Kabbalat Shabbat service, in celebration of Pride Month. 
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, 9:45am IN-PERSON in the Sanctuary, Livestreamed, or on Zoom

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

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and the Torah reading available to us as PDFs for those who join us virtually.


KABBALAT SHABBAT / SHABBAT MORNING SERVICES
JOIN US IN-PERSON
or call 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145 | Passcode: Shabbat

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.
SHAVUOT
Shavuot Service and Programming Schedule

Saturday, June 4
7:30-9pm – Shavuot Tikkun Under the Stars

Sunday, June 5
9:45am – Sanctuary Shavuot Service, Including "First Fruits" Aliyah
10am – Minyan M’at Shavuot Service
12:30pm – #TheSabbathChallenge with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Monday, June 6
9:45am – Sanctuary Shavuot Service, Including Yizkor
10am – Minyan M’at Shavuot Service
11am – Family Shavuot Family Nature Walk with Jacob Kose
First Fruits
Every year on the first day of Shavuot -- the holiday in which ancient Israelites brought bikkurim, the first fruits of their harvests, to the Temple in Jerusalem -- Ansche Chesed invites parents of newborns to bring their babies for a celebratory aliya. Yet another chance to express gratitude for God's blessings in the last year! 
 
On Sunday, June 5th, we invite parents and their new babies to join us for a group aliyah to the Torah. You can come for the whole service (which begins at 9:45am) or just slip in for a short visit around 10:30am for the aliya. Please reach out to Rabbi Yael with any questions, rabbiyael@anschechesed.org
Shavuot Tikkun Under the Stars
Saturday, June 4, 7:30-9pm, In-Person on the AC Roof
Please join us to greet Shavuot with study, celebration and cheesecake on the Ansche Chesed roof, as Shabbat ends and the holiday of "Giving and Receiving Torah" begins. 

We'll gather for an early evening “Pre-kun Leil Shavuot” as we explore the theme of "Widening Our Holy Space." Yizhar Hess, Vice Chairman of the World Zionist Organization, will teach about current issues of religious pluralism in Israel. Rabbi Mia Simring, Jewish prison chaplain, will teach about holiness on the margins and finding kedushah in unholy spaces.

We will also daven the festival maariv service at the conclusion of the Tikkun. 
Marlene Meyerson JCC's Paul Feig z"l Tikkun
Saturday, June 4, starting at 10pm
JCC's Tikkun Leil Shavuot is back in-person after two years virtually! Come together with people from across the spectrum of Jewish Life for a free, revelatory night of study, film, music, dance, yoga, and more in celebration of Shavuot. Come for the revelation, stay for the cheesecake! No registration necessary; proof of ID and vaccination required.
 
Click here for more info.
Rabbinical Assembly Virtual Tikkun
Saturday, June 4, starting at 9:30pm
The Rabbinical Assembly is hosting their third annual livestreamed Conservative/Masorti Tikkun Leil Shavuot on Saturday, June 4 starting at 9:30pm.

Access is free to all and available online.

Shavuot Morning Sanctuary Services
Sunday, June 5 and Monday, June 6 at 9:45am, In-Person, Livestreamed or on Zoom
Join the Ansche Chesed community in the Sanctuary to celebrate Shavuot. Yizkor service will be held on the second day of Shavuot (June 6).
 
JOIN US IN-PERSON
or call 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145 | Passcode: Shabbat













#TheSabbathChallenge with St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 5 (1st Day of Shavuot/Pentecost), 12:30pm at St. Michael's Episcopal Church (225 West 99th Street)
The weeks between Passover / Easter and Shavuot / Pentecost, offer us 7 weeks -- a week of weeks -- of reflection and action. This spring, along with our neighbors at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, we will take part in #TheSabbathChallenge. 

#TheSabbathChallenge is an opportunity for our communities to engage with Shabbat / the Sabbath in new ways, both individually and communally. We will study and practice together with our neighbors, and we encourage you, our community members, to experiment with your own Shabbat / Sabbath practices. Come set aside time for holy rest and delight!

Please RSVP to Rabbi Yael Hammerman if you plan to join her at St. Michael's.
Family Shavuot Nature Walk with Jacob Kose
Monday, June 6 at 11am In-Person in Central Park (Enter @ 100th Street and CPW, follow the path to the bridge that arrives at the bottom of the pond)
Parents and children are invited to join us for a guided nature walk in Central Park. We’ll meet and follow the water around the north woods to discuss how Shavuot, the middle of our three pilgrimage festivals, is rooted in nature’s ancient rhythms. We will tell the story of our ancient grain harvests, and how Jewish farmers knew when to plant and when to harvest wheat—we’ll even plant sunflower seeds in the park, and feed songbirds, to continue telling the story of our mid-year rhythms.

What and how we study on Shavuot means many things to many Jews, but at the heart of every harvest story is water. As we explore and listen to the woods, we’ll learn a different way to see and feel water that will remind us of our harvest festivals every year.

We’ll emerge for a picnic lunch at the Great Hill. Please bring your own lunch. There are bathrooms at the Great Hill. Click here to RSVP.

Please contact Matt Check, Interim Education Director, with any questions at MCheck@anschechesed.org.

ABOUT JACOB KOSE
Jacob Kose is a Jewish environmental educator, farmer, and storyteller based near the last old growth New York City forest in Inwood Park. He is the in-house nature and sustainability educator at the Heschel School and former farm manager at Eden Village Camp, with ten years of farming and outdoor education experience teaching preschoolers through adults. He loves to walk around the North Woods with a sense of wonder and people of all ages and backgrounds.
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
PAS Music Center's The Music of Debbie Friedman
Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm
Join Park Avenue Synagogue for a musical program, including Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn.

Click here for more info.
ONGOING PROGRAMS
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class
Saturday, 8:45am on Zoom
Join us for our weekly Parashat HaShavua class before the start of Shabbat morning services via Zoom.
 
This weekly class is dedicated to Rabbi Jules Harlow, a great teacher of Torah and Jewish liturgy.
 
 
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145 | Passcode: Shabbat
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus
Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm IN-PERSON in 5 North or on Zoom
NOTE: There will be no Shirei Chesed rehearsal on June 14. Rehearsal that week will instead be held on Wednesday, June 15.
JOIN US IN-PERSON
Meeting ID: 972 7239 5819 | Passcode: 488234

Don't miss Shirei Shabbat services on Friday, June 17, rich in harmony and spirit!

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus continues to build community through learning a rich and diverse repertoire of Jewish music, bringing harmony into the world that needs it more than ever.  Ability to carry a tune is important; reading Hebrew or music is not required. 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.orgPlease note that all participants are required to submit a proof of vaccination, including the booster, and must remain masked throughout the rehearsal. Click here to read more.
Weekly Talmud Study
Wednesdays, 7pm on Zoom
We are studying the tenth chapter of Tractate Pesachim.

Meeting ID: 889 9369 5753 | Passcode: Pesachim
OUR NEW LOBBY IS READY TO WELCOME YOU
SHARE OUR PRIDE
Readying our 100-year old building for the next century of vibrant Jewish life will cost $8 million. Nearly half of the members of our community already have pledged - now we need your help to push us across the finish line and make sure we have the funds to complete this work. Every member matters, every gift matters.

Click the thermometer to pledge or donate to the Rav Chesed campaign, and to check out the new campaign video and FAQs, and the exciting renderings and floor plans for this summer’s renovation of Hirsch Hall.  

Come take a look at our airy and welcoming new 100th Street lobby to see how the renovation is progressing!
EVERY MEMBER MATTERS
EVERY GIFT MATTERS
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance
FAMILY AND TEEN PROGRAMMING
Big Kids Service
Saturday, June 4, 11am IN-PERSON in 2S
This service, led by Tommy Treitel, delves into the structure, purpose and words of our Shabbat morning tefillot (prayers) and the weekly parsha (Torah portion). Aimed at children in 3rd grade through bnai mitzvah.
Shabbat Family Beit Midrash
June 11, 10:45am-12pm IN-PERSON
For 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders and Their Parents
All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and their parents are invited to join our "AC Family Beit Midrash." Kids from ACHS, day schools, and beyond, are all welcome!

We will have fun together, build community, study in family groups, and in groups of just kids and just parents. After the Beit Midrash, families are welcome to come to the Sanctuary for the conclusion of services, and then Kiddush.

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.
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
Furnished one bedroom apartment available for a one year sublet beginning in mid-August. 

215 West 92nd Street - 650 sq. feet, Rosario Candela pre-war building, 24/7 doorman.

If interested or for more info, contact Renee Skiena by calling / texting
631-504-2797 or emailing ReneeSkiena@gmail.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.