WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Chayei Sara
November 19, 2022 / 25 Cheshvan 5783
THIS SHABBAT
Shabbat Shalom Banayich Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Friday, 5:30pm in the Chapel or via Zoom
Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am in the Sanctuary, or via Livestream or Zoom
Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am in 5 North
Mishpacha Service: Saturday, 11am in 2 North
Yigdal Service: Saturday, 11am in 2 South
TeleTefila Service: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit, 10am on Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 5:17pm on Zoom
THIS WEEK
Today (11/17), 7:30pm: Social Action Town Hall Meeting: Supporting Refugees and Reopening the AC Shelter in 5 North
Saturday, 9am: Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class in the Chapel or virtually on Zoom ------ Click here for the Source Sheet (updated Friday afternoon)
Saturday, 10:30am-12pm: Family Beit Midrash and Nosh for 2nd and 3rd Graders and Parents on the 4th Floor
Saturday, 5:15pm: Havdalah Pajama Party in 5 North
Tuesday, 7:30-9pm: Shirei Chesed Community Chorus on the 5th Floor
Wednesday, 7pm: The Torah of Abraham Joshua Heschel in the Chapel or virtually on Zoom
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MAZEL TOV
CONDOLENCES
Join us in wishing comfort to Kathy and Stephen Fink at the passing of Kathy’s mother, Annie Kinnell.
Please also join us in wishing nechama to Lloyd and Andrea Ratner and their daughter Emily, at the passing of Lloyd's mother Rhoda, Rachel Leah bat Tzvi Hirsch v'Hudel Raizel, last week.
We also wish comfort to Lisa Gersten, David Gerwin, and their children, Mikaela, Yardena, and Adina, at the passing of Lisa's father Gerald last week.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Social Action Town Hall Meeting: Supporting Refugees and Reopening the AC Shelter
Today (Thursday, November 17) at 7:30pm in 5 North
 
Ansche Chesed, our "Community of Kindness," has a strong track record of turning our religious commitments into action, to help neighbors near and far.
For more than 30 years we have hosted and staffed a homeless shelter. And in the last two years, we have sponsored three refugee families from Afghanistan and Myanmar, helping them resettle in New York.

Now it is time to carry those commitments forward.

After nearly three years of Covid-based disruption, we need to re-open the shelter. To do this we need volunteer leadership to reaffirm our goals, to overcome logistical obstacles, and to rebuild our infrastructure.

Now is also the time to welcome and support our next refugee family.

Are you ready to lead, assist, and contribute?

If you would like to join this work, please come to this organizing meeting. Together we will learn how much good our community is capable of.

If you cannot make the meeting but want to be involved, please write Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky at rjk@anschechesed.org and we'll keep you in the loop.
Annual Kol Nidre Appeal

It was so moving to be all together under one roof for the High Holidays for the first time since fall of 2019.

Though our membership is now back to where it was pre-Covid, dues and rental income are not enough to cover the costs of serving our members. We rely on Kol Nidre donations - to pay our clergy, educators and office staff, as well as the maintenance and security workers. Kol Nidre donations also keep our lights on and our boiler humming.

Please consider making a meaningful donation to sustain our communal Jewish home. Click here to donate to our annual Kol Nidre appeal.
HAIL NEW HIRSCH HALL
Step into the new Hirsch Hall, a beautiful space for celebrating, gathering, and prayer. With significant upgrades in décor, sound and lighting, and a renovated Lobby and Loggia, Hirsch Hall is our new home for community smachot, Kiddush, and celebrations. The stage has been eliminated to increase floor area, and additional doors to the Annex will open up the space for larger events.
A renovated downstairs lobby and new double doors into Hirsch Hall will help block sounds outside the room, making the space a more inviting place for prayer during the summer months and High Holidays, and a beautiful event venue all year. Above, one of AC’s primary tenants, The Discovery Program, is back in the Ansche Chesed Annex/Gym Monday-Friday and prepares to welcome participants.

Nearly half the membership has pledged and/or donated to the Rav Chesed Campaign. But with an $8 million goal, we need every member to contribute.

Click the thermometer to pledge or donate today to the Rav Chesed campaign. If you already have donated, thank you for getting us this far. 
COVID Protocols

Masks: AC Sanctuary services are now mask-optional, with a designated mask-mandatory section of the Sanctuary available.

Attendance: We are not requiring preregistration to attend services.

Vaccination: Attendees must have received all eligible vaccines.

Please see our website for a full list.
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.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
Profiles in Peace Book Discussion with Rabbi Ron Kronish
Sunday, December 4 at 10am in 5 North
 
Join us for a discussion with Rabbi Ron Kronish about his new book, Profiles in Peace: Voices of Peacebuilders in the Midst of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Rabbi Kronish is an interreligious peace activist and longtime Jerusalem resident whose new book traces the lives of six veteran peacebuilders – three Palestinian Arabs and three Jewish Israelis – offering their visions for a better future for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

RSVP here, walk-ins welcome.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
Yesodot: Jewish Foundations
Mondays at 7:45pm, first session on January 9
 
Jewish life often seems to demand a lot of background knowledge. Where do you learn it all, especially as an adult? Please join Rabbi Hammerman and Rabbi Kalmanofsky to learn anew or go back and review some core Jewish practices and concepts.

January 9, 23, February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 3, 17, May 8, 22

Note: We have scheduled these two Monday evening classes to run consecutively. So participants can take either one or both.
Learn to Read the Torah
Mondays at 6:45pm, first session on January 9
 
Would you like to learn how chant the Torah, helping the community hear the holy text? Please join Hazzan Hirschhorn to learn the cantillation system. Participants in the class can prepare a section of the Torah to read during services on the second day of Shavuot, May 27.

January 9, 23, February 13, 27, March 13, 27, April 3, 17, May 8, 22

Note: We have scheduled these two Monday evening classes to run consecutively. So participants can take either one or both.
Learner's Minyan
Saturdays at 10am, first session on January 7
 
The more comfortable you feel in synagogue, the more comforted you can feel in synagogue. Please join Rabbi Hammerman, Hazzan Hirschhorn, and Rabbi Kalmanofsky - who will rotate as leaders - to become more familiar with the literary, spiritual, and musical highlights of the Saturday morning service. After the 60-minute sessions, we will rejoin the wider community in the Sanctuary.

9 Shabbat morning sessions, January 7 - March 4
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class
Saturdays, 9am in the Chapel or on Zoom
 
Join us for our weekly Parashat HaShavua class before the start of Shabbat morning services in the Chapel. Come before class at 8:45am for hot coffee and a chance to schmooze!

Also available virtually on Zoom.

This weekly class is dedicated to Rabbi Jules Harlow, a great teacher of Torah and Jewish liturgy.

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus
Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm on the 5th Floor
 
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus continues to build community through learning a rich and diverse repertoire of Jewish music, bringing harmony into a world that needs it more than ever. To enable us to sing together safely, all participants will be required to submit proof of vaccination, and masking will be required for indoor rehearsals.  

Our 4-part chorus brings together 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 7:30-9:00pm. 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.
The Torah of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Wednesdays, 7pm in the Chapel or on Zoom

This year marks the 50th yahrzeit of R. Abraham Joshua Heschel z”l. Instead of our usual Talmud study, Rabbi Kalmanofsky’s Wednesday night group will devote the fall months to Heschel’s thought. Please join us to experience the depth and beauty unlocked by this epochal sage. Followed by ma'ariv at 8pm.

Join us in-person in the Chapel or virtually on Zoom.
#ParshaTalk
 
Continuing their tradition from summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Rabbi Kalmanofsky and his buddies, Rabbis Barry Chesler and Eliot Malomet host #ParshaTalk, more popularly known as "Three Old Guys Talking About the Parsha."
PRAYER
November Friday Nights At A Glance
Fridays at 5:30pm in the Chapel or via Zoom

November 18: Shabbat Shalom Banayich - Friday Evening Family Service

We invite all kids to bring their families to Ansche Chesed, to welcome Shabbat together with songs and stories, led by our clergy and Aliza Sebert. The service will highlight our ACHS Kitah Dalet and Hey students - but all are welcome! There will also be a special Thanksgiving-themed snack!

Students and families can practice the songs that Dalet and Hey learned from Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn's recordings here and here, and you can find the words here.


November 25: Thanksgiving Kabbalat Shabbat

The most important religious emotion? Gratitude. On this Thanksgiving Shabbat, we will devote our 5:30pm Friday night services to the theme of expressing gratitude, both toward heaven and on earth. Please come with a story in mind that expresses your personal thankfulness.


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.
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 at 8:30am, and on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:30am, in the Chapel.

All Morning Minyan services will continue to be available on Zoom.
FAMILY AND TEEN PROGRAMMING
Mishpacha Service (Ages 0-4, with Parents)
Saturday, November 19, 26 at 11am in 2 North

Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join us for our Mishpacha Service, led by Leilah Rosen. Get in the Shabbat spirit with songs, puppets, movement — and your friends from Ansche Chesed.
Yigdal Service (Ages 5-7, with Parents)
Saturday, November 19 at 11am in 2 South

This service, geared towards children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, introduces children to a variety of Shabbat tefillot (prayers). A section of the Torah is read and the week’s parsha (Torah portion) is presented through discussion, skits, and stories. Parents, younger and older siblings are welcome, and encouraged to attend as well. Led by Rabbi Mia Simring.
Family Beit Midrash and Nosh
For 2nd and 3rd Graders and their Parents
Saturday, November 19 at 10:30am-12pm on the 4th Floor

ALL 2nd and 3rd graders -- from ACHS, Jewish day schools and beyond -- and their parents are invited to join our first Shabbat Family Beit Midrash & Nosh!

This Beit Midrash will be led by Rabbi Yael, Aliza Sebert and Jess Feiwus (former ACHS and Schechter Manhattan teacher).

We'll study selections from Devash: Hadar's Weekly Parashah Magazine in family groups, and in groups of just kids and just parents; and we'll enjoy some nosh and being in community!

After the Beit Midrash, families are welcome in the Sanctuary for the conclusion of services, and then Kiddush

REGISTER HERE by Thursday, November 17th.

Upcoming Family Beit Midrash & Nosh Sessions: 
December 17: 4th & 5th grades
January 21: 6th & 7th grades
February 11: 2nd & 3rd grades
March 25: 4th & 5th grades
Havdalah Pajama Party
Saturday, November 19 at 5:15pm in 5 North

Now that Shabbat is ending early, we invite our youngest friends to join us for a Havdalah Pajama Party! We will experience Havdalah together, and enjoy singing, stories + yummy and healthy food.

Programming will be geared at toddlers and pre-schoolers. Siblings, stuffies and pajamas are welcome!

Please RSVP here by Thursday, November 17th.

Questions? Contact Aliza at asebert@anschechesed.org.
Project Aliyah Kickoff
Sunday, December 4 from 10am - 12pm in 5 North

Join us as we launch this year's B'nai Mitzvah cohort!

Spend some time connecting as a family, getting to know other AC B'nai Mitzvah families and hearing more about the B'nai Mitzvah journey at AC.

Parents will have the opportunity to meet with Rabbis Jeremy Kalmanofsky and Yael Hammerman, and Executive Director Josh Hanft for an overview of the AC B'nai Mitzvah process.

B'nai Mitzvah students will also do activities together with Education Director, Aliza Sebert.

Click here to register.
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
Each year, the wonderful WSCAH helps thousands of households celebrate with a healthy Thanksgiving feast.

Please consider giving to this very worthy project by clicking below. Each $50 gift will help our neighbors enjoy this American holiday.
Volunteer to Support a Community Thanksgiving Meal
Volunteers Needed on Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday, November 24
Our friends at Trinity Lutheran Church (100th St) are once again serving an in-person Thanksgiving meal.

Ansche Chesed has been invited to support this community meal by providing volunteers for set-up, serving, and clean-up. All ages are welcome to volunteer and children must be supervised by an adult.

Listed below are the shifts and the number of people needed for each one:

Wednesday, November 23
6pm-8pm (set-up): 5 people

Thursday, November 24
11:30am-1:30pm (serving): 3 people
1:30pm (clean-up): 8 people

If you would like to volunteer, please email Hannah Leider (haleider@yahoo.com) and include the day and time you're available

Please note: You must sign up and receive confirmation in order to volunteer. Space is limited, no walk-ins please. (The church has allotted us only a specific number of volunteers.)
Cookies for Community Thanksgiving Meal
Drop off on Sunday, November 20 from 12-5pm or Monday, November 21 from 4-7pm
Do you want to help our neighbors at St. Paul and St. Andrew bake and package 700 dozen cookies for Goddard Riverside’s Community Thanksgiving meal? Goddard will serve 1400 to-go meals that day to our neighbors, and we are helping with dessert! You can sign up by the dozen.

Please package your homemade goodies in individual sandwich bags. Each bag should have 5-6 sturdy cookies for travel. When they’re all baked and packaged, you can drop them off at the church (263 W 86th St, New York, NY 10024) on Sunday 11/20: 12-5pm, or Monday 11/21: 4-7 pm. If you’d prefer to bring them to Ansche Chesed, please do so by noon on 11/21.

How many cookies will you pledge to make? Make your pledge here: https://stpaulandstandrew.breezechms.com/form/grcc-2022-tday-cookie-pledge.
Volunteer to Help Arriving Migrants
With many ways to give back Lotsa Helping Hands has a calendar full of opportunities. From preparing dinner to running errands, volunteering is easy. Follow this link to join the community for Love in Action: Sanctuary for Arriving Migrants. Once approved you will receive an email and can view the calendar to select a task.
Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance
ACRA was created 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. We would like to extend our work to others in 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
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
Synagogue Stories: Jewish History of New York with DOROT
Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4pm via Zoom
Click here to register for the virtual sessions and for more info.

Session 6: Wednesday, November 30, 2:30-4pm 
Post-Holocaust Hasidic Communities - Virtual Tour of Brooklyn Neighborhoods with Frieda Vizel

Wednesday, December 7, 2:30-4pm 
New Immigrant Traditions - with historian Hasia Diner

Wednesday, December 14, 2:30-4pm 
Beyond the Synagogue - with Rabbi Mira Rivera
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
Housekeeper and Caretaker Available

I (Corinne Boren) am recommending my housekeeper who is both 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 me or call me at 212 864 8163 should you wish to have 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.