Parshat Behar-Bechukotai
May 13, 2023 / 22 Iyar 5783
Friday Night with New Voices Teen-Led Service: Friday, 6:30pm in the Chapel
Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am in the Sanctuary, via Livestream or Zoom
Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am in 5 North
West Side Minyan Hybrid Service: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit 10am
on the 6th Floor or on Zoom
Mishpacha Service (Ages 0-4, with Parents): Saturday, 11am in 2 North
Yigdal Service (Ages 5-7, with Parents): Saturday, 11am in 2 South
Big Kids Service (Ages 8-12, Kids Only): Saturday, 11am in the Chapel
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 8:46pm on Zoom
Saturday, 9am: Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class in the Chapel or via Zoom------Click here for the Source Sheet (updated Friday afternoon),
led this Shabbat by Rabbi Lewis Warshauer
Saturday, 10:30-11am: Boker Tov Tots Breakfast in 2 North
Tuesday, 7:30-9pm: Shirei Chesed Community Chorus on the 5th Floor
Wednesday, 7pm: Weekly Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky in the 5th Floor Office Conference Room or via Zoom
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Celebrate our stellar leaders at the Annual Tribute on Sunday, June 4th!

“Welcome! Ask me about Ansche Chesed” isn’t just a tag Bena Medjuck-Bruckner and Gustavo Bruckner wear. It’s their neshama. Learn more

Elaine Morris, Elisheva Urbas and David Morris’s involvement in Minyan M’at spans four decades and three generations. Learn more

Then there are the new kids on the block, Deb and Sol Mowshowitz, who arrived at Ansche Chesed in the 1970s and helped found the West Side Minyan. 

RSVP for the gala and place a journal ad to express your gratitude to these incredible community builders, and view the journal to see everyone's good wishes.
Help Ansche Chesed Find its Next Executive Director!

The Executive Director Search Committee would appreciate your help spreading the word by sharing the recently-posted description within your networks.

For more information about the position or to apply, please send a cover letter and résumé by email to directorsearch@anschechesed.org.
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 us establish an important source of revenue.
Aging Alone, Togetherwith DOROT
Six Tuesdays beginning May 16, 2:30 - 4pm

Aging Alone, Together is designed for anyone seeking tools, strategies and support to age successfully and plan for the future. Space is limited, register here.
In partnership with DOROT, Romemu, SAJ, and West End Synagogue.
Dedication of Mayer Cavalier Chapel
Sunday, May 21, 10:30am

For more than 50 years, day-in and day-out, Mayer Cavalier z"l davvened in our chapel, always in his own makom kavua, his fixed place, just to the right of the ark. Since Mayer's passing, we miss him every day. Yet we still feel illuminated by the memory of his 1000-watt smile.

Please join the Cavalier family and Ansche Chesed to dedicate the chapel in memory of this dear person. After a short ceremony, a light reception will follow.

All are welcome to attend. To help us plan the event, please RSVP here; responses are appreciated but not required.
"Oy Slay! The History of Jewish Drag" with Stav Meishar
Wednesday, May 31, 7:30pm in 5 North

RuPaul's Drag Race brought drag culture to the mainstream, and with it some fierce Jewish queens, but this art form has a long and diverse history. We will trace the subversive roots of cross-dressing in ancient texts, move through the traditions of drag queens and kings in Yiddish diaspora theatre, visit modern day gender-bending drag in prime-time TV and examine sabra drag among the LGBTQIA+ Israeli community. Learn more and register.
Scribblers on the Roof
Monday Evenings, 8pm - First Meeting on June 5

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 (or indoors if it rains). Snacks, beverages and books available for purchase.
June 5
Adam Kirsch, The Revolt Against Humanity and The Discarded Life

June 12
Joseph Berger, Elie Wiesel: Confronting the Silence

June 26
Elizabeth Graver, Kantika
Michael Frank, One Hundred Saturdays
July 10
Judy Katz, How News Travels

July 17
Jonathan Rosen, The Best Minds

July 24
Meryl Frank, Unearthed
Learn more about our authors!
Yesodot: Jewish Foundations Class
Mondays at 7:45pm in the Chapel, future sessions on May 22, June 5

Jewish life often seems to demand a lot of background knowledge. Where do you learn it all, especially as an adult? Join Rabbis Hammerman and Kalmanofsky to learn anew or go back and review core Jewish practices and concepts.
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus
Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm on the 5th Floor

Shirei Chesed continues to build community by learning a rich repertoire of Jewish music, bringing harmony into a world that needs it more than ever. For more information, or to schedule an audition, please email Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn.
Weekly Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
Wednesdays at 7pm in the 5th Floor Office Conference Room or via Zoom

This year we are studying Bava Metzia chapter 6, "One Who Hires Artisans," on the obligations of employers and employees. It also includes spiritually rich material about freedom and obligation, and ethical excellence beyond the letter of the law.
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class
Saturdays, 9am in the Chapel or on Zoom
Led this Shabbat by Rabbi Lewis Warshauer
Come before class at 8:45am for hot coffee and schmoozing! This class is dedicated to Rabbi Jules Harlow, a great teacher of Torah and Jewish liturgy. Click here for this week's Source Sheet (updated on Friday afternoon).
Parsha Talk
Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and his buddies, Rabbis Barry Chesler and Eliot Malomet, for their weekly Parsha Talk, more popularly known as "Three Old Guys Talking About the Parsha." Click here for the latest episode!
Upcoming Friday Nights at a Glance
Fridays at 6:30pm

May 12: Friday Night with New Voices Teen-Led Service
We invite all teens to bring their friends and families to AC, to welcome Shabbat together with songs and stories, led by our teen leaders, clergy and Aliza Sebert.
May 19: Shirei Shabbat - with a Musical Surprise!
Lift your voice with us in holy harmony, b'nima kedosha. Come and hear what musical surprise Hazzan Hirschhorn and the Shirei Chesed Chorus have for you!
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. Click here to submit names. Names will remain on the Mishaberakh list for one month.
Weekday Morning Minyan
Mondays-Fridays at 7:30am 
Sundays and Civil Holidays at 8:30am
In-Person in the Chapel or on Zoom
Meeting ID: 933 006 17 | Passcode: minyan

Join our WhatsApp group, which we'll post to when we need people, and use this Google Sheet to mark when you plan to join so we can estimate future numbers.
Teens: Volunteer at the Feast for Our Neighbors
Sunday, May 21 at 5pm

Calling all teens! Volunteer at our annual Feast for Our Neighbors, where we invite all who are hungry to come and eat. We'll begin with pizza and learning with Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Aliza Sebert followed by setup, serving food, schmoozing with our neighbors, and cleanup. Volunteer hours available. Email Aliza if interested.
Shavuot Pajama Party
Thursday, May 25 at 5:30pm

It's a Jewish tradition to stay up all night on Shavuot, eating dairy treats and studying Torah. Join us for a family-friendly celebration with stories, songs, dairy dinner and ice cream. Pajamas welcome - come party in your PJs! Register here.
Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance
ACRA is part of AC's response to the world refugee crisis. Over the past year, we have helped four families rebuild their lives in the US.
Please CLICK HERE for a copy of Ruth Messenger's dvar torah from Refugee Shabbat.

Team TLC NYC is active in assisting asylum seekers arriving in NYC. They need volunteers and donations.

CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer with their Little Shop of Kindness.

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to donate money or order needed items.
HIAS often asks us to join them in advocating with members of congress, to remind them that "Welcoming the Stranger" is important to our community, and we expect our representatives to act. We know that hearing from large groups of constituents affects what they prioritize. Congregations across the country are joining this advocacy by signing a letter for our elected officials.

CLICK HERE. Read it, then scroll down to the list of congregations. Select Ansche Chesed and fill out the form.
Learn more about AC's Refugee Assistance efforts HERE.
To become more involved, please reach out to us HERE.
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 experiencing a life event such as the birth of a child, illness, or loss feel supported by the AC community. 

  • Volunteer to help! You can make a real difference within your community. Please email us to get involved at chesed@anschechesed.org.
  • Let us help you! We want to be there for you whenever you need support. 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 support members in need.

UWS Israel@75

View upcoming Israel-related programming by UWS organizations.  
The PAS Forget-Me-Nots
Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:30pm, Park Avenue Synagogue (50 E. 87th St.)

Music appreciators with memory loss and their loved ones (from all synagogues!) are invited to join a new choral initiative at Park Avenue Synagogue for weekly enrichment. Conducted by Cantor Mira Davis and based on the success of the Unforgettables Chorus at NYU. If interested, please email Cantor Mira Davis.
Chef's Table
Our longtime friend and kitchen tenant, Bruce Soffer of Chef's Table, offers catering menus for Shabbat and holidays. Chef's Table prepares delicious kosher meals, delivered to your door.

Contact Bruce at (917) 868-7964 or visit his website for more information.
Short-Term Apartment Need (from Lois and Howard Nachamie)
Howard and I live in Delaware. Our daughter, Annie, and son-in-love (as I call him), Pierce, live in our old NYC apartment. They are expecting, and we are going to be full time caregivers of the new baby when Annie has to go back to work!

We're looking for a studio, 1-bedroom, digs of some sort, for the two of us plus our cat, for the months of October, November, through December 22. Also, Annie will need to work there during the day while we are in their home with the baby. Any leads very appreciated, happy to discuss pricing. Email or call us at 917-324-7658.
Housekeeper and Caretaker Available (from Corinne Boren)
I am recommending my housekeeper who is excellent and very experienced. She also served as my mother's caretaker and definitely enhanced my mother's quality of life. Please feel free to email or call me at 212-864-8163 for further details.
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.