WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Emor
May 1, 2021 / 19 Iyar 5781
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat Lag B'Omer: Friday, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom
Mishpacha Services Saturday, 10am Register Here (Next service, May 8)
TeleTefila Services: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 8:37pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 7:34pm
Torah Reading: Emor Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23 (22:17 - 23:22)
Haftara: Ezekiel 44:15 - 31
Shabbat Ends: 8:37pm
THIS WEEK
Everything You Wanted To Know About Podcasts*: Thursday, 7pm Via Zoom
The Un-Distancing Hour: Thursday, 5:30pm Via Zoom
Shabbat Morning Study: Saturday, 8:45am Via Zoom
Meditation Monday Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
Psalm Of The Week Tuesday, 8:15am Via Zoom
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus: Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Talmud Study: Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
ANNOUNCEMENT
ANSCHE CHESED ANNUAL TRIBUTE:
STANDING BESIDE EACH OTHER IN CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT
Sunday, May 23, 7:30pm Register Now
Please plan to join us on Sunday, May 23, at 7:30pm for the Ansche Chesed Annual Tribute. The theme of our tribute this year will be "Standing Beside Each Other In Celebration and Support."

Please visit the Tribute website to reserve your spot and place an ad in our virtual journal. Revenue from our journal ads provides a critical component of our budget. And, our expressions of gratitude and appreciation for Ansche Chesed and for our community strengthen the connections among us.
Our tribute this year will include a musical presentation by a leading figure in Jewish theater and Yiddish song, Zalmen Mlotek. Mlotek is an internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music, and has been the Artistic Director and conductor at National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene for the past twenty years. His vision brought the critically acclaimed award-winning Fidler AfnDakh (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish ) to New York.
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! 
 
This year, on Monday, May 17, the first day of the holiday, we will hold some places for parents and babies if they want to visit in-person services to take part in this honor. You can come for the whole service (which begins at 9:45am) or just slip in for a short visit around 10:30am and be called for the aliya. All of this will take place masked and distanced.

Alternatively, if you want to take part in this joyful rite but prefer not to come in -- or even if you do come in person -- please share a photo of your babies (perhaps with parents, grandparents, and siblings) and we'll make a collage for our synagogue's weekly email.
 
Please email your photos to druskay@anschechesed.org along with any information you would like to include. 
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 have begun to hold our Sunday morning minyan in person at 8:30am with room for 35 in the Ansche Chesed sanctuary. If you would like to attend, please email Rabbi Kalmanofsky with your vaccination status and complete this form. Please note, this service will continue to be available via Zoom as well
Kabbalat Shabbat: Lag B'Omer
Friday, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Join AC clergy this Friday night around the "virtual bonfire" as we say goodbye to Lag B'Omer and welcome Shabbat together. Bows and arrows optional. BYOS (Bring Your Own Smores). 

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.

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


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

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

We have begun to invite small groups to join us in-person for services. Click below to fill out the form to request a spot at our services,
The list of holim we have been displaying during Shabbat services has become so lengthy that it is hard to focus prayerfully on the individual names. Among those dozens of people, we no longer know which name is which person's loved one, who has recovered, who still needs our prayers.
 
We will compose a new list of holim each English month. You can keep your loved ones on the list as long as they need it, of course, but we ask that you re-submit the names each month, using THIS FORM.

Our current list started on May 1. New monthly lists will appear June 5, and July 3.

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and the Torah reading for Parshat Emor 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
Mishpacha Services: In-Person in Riverside Park
Twice a Month RSVP's Requested
May 8, 22, June 5 10am
Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join Leilah for our Mishpacha Service. Get ready for Shabbat with songs, puppets, movement — and your friends from Ansche Chesed.

The weather is starting to warm up in NYC, so we are moving our Mishpacha Service to in-person!

We will meet in Riverside Park - the best way to find the spot is to enter at 99th Street and walk north towards the ramp leading down to the Hudson River (where AC does Tashlich). We will be in the grassy area across from the ramp. Services will begin at 10am. Please bring your own blankets or towels to sit on, make sure to wear your masks and practice social distancing.

RSVPs requested, walk-ins welcome. 
UPCOMING SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Everything You Wanted To Know About Podcasts* (*But Were Afraid To Ask) with Liel Leibovitz and Darone Ruskay
Thursday, April 29, 7pm Via Zoom
Technology, as they say, is always changing. We have gone from three television networks, to hundreds of channels, renting video tapes at our local store, to streaming our content from one of the many streaming options now available. And talk radio, well that has been replaced as well, by audio on demand in the form of Podcasts.

Join Ansche Chesed member Liel Leibovitz, host of the UnorthodoxPage One and Hebrew School podcasts from Tablet Magazine and Ansche Chesed Director of Programming, Darone Ruskay, creator of JCast Network, the first Jewish podcast network as they discuss the ins and outs of podcasts, what makes them interesting to the larger world, share their favorite podcasts, and answer questions for the podcast-curious.
Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: Salon
Connecting To My Shtetl
Monday, May 10, 7pm Via Zoom
Starting with her own mishpucha from Poland and Galicia, Barbara Sontz has been researching Jewish family histories since 1999. She travelled on paths that led her back in time to the 18th century and on present-day trips to Poland, Israel and Argentina. She has a special connection to her mother's birthplace in Ilza, Poland, where she visited and organized projects devoted to restoring the history of the town's former Jewish residents.

Barbara will share her journey with you.

A member of Ansche Chesed and the West Side Minyan, Barbara Sontz is a professional genealogist.

In a follow-up workshop, limited to 12 participants, she will guide you through how to connect with your shtetl. Click here for more information, and to register for the follow-up workshop

Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: Salon
The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible
Thursday, May 20, 7pm Via Zoom
Ansche Chesed is glad to welcome Dr. Rachel Havrelock to explore her book The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible.

No biblical text has been more central to the politics of modern Israel than the book of Joshua. Named after a military leader who became the successor to Moses, it depicts the march of the ancient Israelites into Canaan, describing how they subjugated and massacred the indigenous peoples. The Joshua Generation examines the book's centrality to the Israeli occupation today, revealing why nationalist longing and social reality are tragically out of sync in the Promised Land.

Rachel Havrelock is associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line and the coauthor of Women on the Biblical Road: Ruth, Naomi, and the Female Journey. She lives in Chicago.

Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: Salon
SHAVUOT: SUNDAY, MAY 16-TUESDAY, MAY 18
Erev Shavuot Services: Sunday, May 16, 7:30pm on the AC Roof or Via Zoom
Rabbinical Assembly Tikkun: Sunday, May 16, 12noon More Information
Stay The Night JCC Tikkun: Sunday, May 16, 8:30pm More Information
First Day Shavuot Services: Monday, May 17, 9:45am Via Zoom
Family Shavuot Services: Monday, May 17, 10am RSVP Here
TeleTefila Shavuot Services: Monday, May 17, 10am Via Zoom
Second Day Shavuot Services with Yizor: Tuesday, May 18, 9:45am Via Zoom
Conservative/Masorti Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Sunday, May 16 12pm Visit Site for More Information
The Rabbinical Assembly is excited to present the Conservative/Masorti Tikkun Leil Shavuot from May 16 at 12pm – May 17 at 12pm in partnership with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ), the Cantors Assembly (CA), the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs (FJMC), Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano, and the Women's League for Conservative Judaism.


Erev Shavuot Services
Sunday, May 16 7:30pm Via Zoom
Please join the Ansche Chesed community for the fully egalitarian Sanctuary Service, led by Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn, and Rabbi Yael Hammerman.

We are able to welcome thirty-five vaccinated people to our services on the AC Roof. If you would like to request attendance at this service, please complete this form. 
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Stay The Night JCC Tikkun
Sunday, May 16 8:30pm Visit Site for More Information
  • Come together with people from across the spectrum of Jewish life for a revelatory night of study, film, music, and more in celebration of Shavuot. Bring your own cheesecake and come for an hour or stay the night!


For more information about speakers, and programs, visit the Stay The Night website.
Shavuot Services
Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18, 9:45am Via Zoom
Please join the Ansche Chesed community for the fully egalitarian Sanctuary Service, led by Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky, Cantor Natasha Hirschhorn, and Rabbi Yael Hammerman.

We are able to welcome thirty-five vaccinated people to our services on the AC Roof. If you would like to request attendance at this service, please complete this form. 

Second day Shavuot Service will include Yizkor

Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Family Shavuot Service
Monday, May 17, 10am RSVP's Requested
It’s time to celebrate receiving the Torah! Join us for an outdoor, in-person Family Shavuot Service in Riverside Park! Services will be led by Emily Cobert, AC Family Program Director, and will be geared at kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Please bring your own blankets or towels to sit on, make sure to wear your masks and practice social distancing.

We will meet in Riverside Park - the best way to find the spot is to enter at 99th Street and walk north towards the ramp leading down to the Hudson River (where AC does Tashlich). We will be in the grassy area across from the ramp.

ONGOING PROGRAMS
To Schmooze or not to Schmooze: The Un-Distancing Hour
Thursdays, 5:30pm Via Zoom
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.

Meeting ID: 859 7986 0603
Passcode: schmooze
Shabbat Morning Study
Saturdays, 8:45am Via Zoom
While we will not all be together in person on Shabbat morning for services, that doesn't mean that we can not study together. Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky to delve into the weekly portion through the eyes of favorite commentators-ancient, medieval, and modern; midrashic, mystical, and academic.


Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Meditation Monday
Mondays, 3pm Via Zoom
Join us for virtual mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices to help us keep centered in these unpredictable times. A number of our fellow congregants are experienced meditation leaders and will act as facilitators. Through the wonders of technology, we can enjoy the power of meditating together as a community.

No prior meditation experience is necessary.

Meeting ID: 614 506 599
Passcode: breathe
Psalm Of The Week
Tuesdays, 8:15am Via Zoom
Most of the Bible reads as God's communication to humanity, in messages delivered through prophets like the unique Moses and his successors, Isaiah, Jeremiah and the rest. But in the Book of Psalms, Israel turns toward heaven and pours out its praises, hopes, fears and laments.

Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky for a 30-minute Zoom study of one Psalm each Tuesday morning. 8:30am, to explore the human poetry that reveals our ancestors' spiritual life. (You don't have to join the 7:30 am morning service immediately before the class ... but it would be a terrific lead-in!)

Meeting ID: 933 006 171
Passcode: minyan
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus
Tuesdays, 7pm Via Zoom
Even in the Covid era, our Shirei Chesed Community Chorus will continue to build community through learning a rich and diverse repertoire of Jewish music, and bring harmony into the world that needs it more than ever. In lieu of live performances, this semester we will focus our efforts this semester on growing our repertoire and musicianship, as well as recording a virtual choir project.

For more information please visit our website.

Other questions, or to schedule an audition, please email NHirschhorn@AnscheChesed.org

Meeting ID: 9830 7068 203
Passcode: 963608
Talmud Study With Rabbi Kalmanofsky:
Taking Responsibility and Fixing Mistakes
Wednesdays, 7pm Via Zoom
Jewish ethics require us to be responsible people — that we fix what we break, and pay for our crimes. This year we will study some of the Talmud’s lengthy examination of torts, the complicated economic damages people can cause. Bava Kamma chapter 9 examines the laws of robbery, fraud and the restitution those criminals must make.

The chapters we will be focusing on can be found in Bava Kamma Volume 3 in the Artscroll Schottenstein Edition or Volume 2, Series 24 in Koren/Steinsaltz edition.


Meeting ID: 872 9427 4347
Passcode: bavakamma
YOUTH AND FAMILY
Casting Call for Adon Olam-nikim - Calling all AC Kids!
One of the many things we miss during this era of virtual services are our Adon Olam-nikim - our adorable cadre of kids who lead Adon Olam at the end of Shabbat services each week. We would love to give YOUR child/ren a chance to shine on Zoom, and showcase their "Adon Olam" skills. All Adon Olam-nikim will receive a candy treat after their "service"! 

Learning Adon Olam for the first time, or need a refresher? Check out our "Karaoke Adon Olam" with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, linked here
Transliteration: https://youtu.be/xp-GM9YqwH4

Rabbi Yael or Cantor Natasha are also available to review Adon Olam with any kids who are interested. Please reach out to Rabbi Yael to sign up for a Shabbat slot!
Big Kids Service: In-Person in Riverside Park
Saturday, May 15, 10am RSVP's Requested
Join us for an outdoor, in-person Big Kids Service in Riverside Park! Services will be led by Dina Ocken. Please bring your own blankets or towels to sit on, make sure to wear your masks and practice social distaing.

We will meet in Riverside Park - the best way to find the spot is to enter at 99th Street and walk north towards the ramp leading down to the Hudson River (where AC does Tashlich). We will be in the grassy area across from the ramp.

Project Aliyah Oneg
Saturday, May 15, 2pm RSVP's Requested
We are excited to come together in person for our final Project Aliyah event this year. We will safely meet up in Riverside park (masks required) to catch up, play games, and enjoy a special treat to celebrate this year's cohort. Feel free to stop by anytime between 2-3 pm!

We will meet in Riverside Park - the best way to find the spot is to enter at 99th Street and walk north towards the ramp leading down to the Hudson River (where AC does Tashlich). We will be in the grassy area across from the ramp. Feel free to bring your own blankets to sit on and sports equipment/games.

Senior Shabbat
Friday, June 11, 6:30pm RSVP's Requested
AC High School Seniors are invited to join us as we honor them and celebrate their accomplishments! Seniors are invited to join us "in-person" or via Zoom.

We hope you can join us!
Teen Class With Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Adina Beiner
Tuesdays, May 4 & 25, June 8, 5:15pm Via Zoom
AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Adina Beiner, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class on Tuesdays. Throughout the year we will be choosing meaningful and relevant topics to discuss and unpack as a group (with some time left for schmoozing as well!).
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Need Help Signing Up For A COVID-19 VACCINE?
While we all know the importance of getting the COVID Vaccine, many are finding the process of registering for the vaccine to be overly complicated. We are thrilled that community volunteers and our friends at DOROT have offered to help AC seniors navigate the challenging process of enrolling for a Covid vaccine on-line.

Please complete this form with your name, email and phone number, and the volunteers will reach out to you to get the information that they will need to help get you the vaccine as soon as they can.

Our volunteers will use their experience and energy to do their best to get you a "shot in the arm."

We're so grateful to our volunteers and community partners for their generosity of time and spirit! 
Community Fridges Need Our Support
Looking for a way to ease hunger in our community this holiday season and beyond? Consider supporting one of the friendly fridges in our neighborhood. At community refrigerators anyone may take what they need or leave food for others. 

Donations of fresh produce, frozen meals, packaged and pantry items, etc., are all welcome. 
Ujamaa Community Fridge
Columbus Ave @ 101st Street
(West Side of Columbus)
The West End Community Fridge
77th St between Broadway and WEA
open M-F, 9am-5pm
REACH OUT
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.
COMMUNITY
Get Covid-19 Exposure Alerts:
Add Your Phone, Stop The Spread
To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. One way you can help yourself and your community is by participating in our newly launched mobile contract tracing app COVID Alert NY.

Download the free app to your smartphone to receive an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Apple: Download on the App Store
Google: Get it on Google Play
Chef's Table
Our long-time friend and kitchen tenant Chef's Table and its principal Bruce Soffer offer you catering menus for Shabbat and Jewish and secular holidays. If you like, please take a look at his work. 

Chef's Table Kosher Catering has prepared gourmet foods, delivered to customers in New York City. These are pre-cooked, delicious kosher meals delivered right to your door.

Visit their website to view their menu.

Contact Bruce at (917)-868-7964 or his website for more information.

Please note: Chef's Table is its own independent business, not affiliated with Ansche Chesed, and not our exclusive caterer. 
SHUK
Summer Apartment Available
Beautiful three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment on Riverside near Columbia University and AC (kosher kitchen, washer-drier, air conditioning, door-man building). Available from June 25 to August 28. Asking 4,500 per month. Contact Elissa Bemporad for more information.
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.
APRIL DONATIONS
GENERAL DONATIONS
Shifra Bronznick, in memory of Richard Cantor's father, Harold Cantor 
Carol Ingall & Stephan Brumberg, in memory of Frances Degen Horowitz 
Carole & Mark Gothelf, in appreciation for being part of the Ansche Chesed community 
Dore Hollander, from an East Sider who needed a place to Zoom to for Pesach services (and seder, too!) with much appreciation 
Jan Caryl Kaufman, in memory of Frances Degen Horowitz 
Marjorie Miller 
Robert Rifkind, in honor of Jeremy Kalmanofsky 
Barbara Rothenberg, in memory of Melinda Gros' mother, Isabel Gros 
Lori Skopp & Michael Schmidt, in honor of Ezekiel Abramson Burdman's bar mitzvah, and of Lev Dubler-Furman's bar mitzvah 
Roberta & Paul Shapiro, in memory of Frances Degen Horowitz and Isabel Gros 
Martin Sinkoff, in memory of Frances Degen Horowitz 
 
RABBI'S FUND DONATIONS 
Tamara & Martin Green 
Shelley Henderson 
Carolyn Reinach-Wolf & Robert Leventhal 
Jenny & Greg Lyss 
Michael Marmor 
Ruth & Ira Salzman 
Diane Sharon 
Maron & Nahum Waxman, in honor of Pesach programming 
 
YAHRZEIT DONATIONS 
Irwin Abraham, in memory of Irwin's mother, Ruth Abraham 
Carol Ingall & Stephan Brumberg, in memory of Carol's husband, Michael Ingall, and Stephan's wife, Pamela Brumberg 
Ann Cohen, in loving memory of Ira (Yitzak) Cohen 
Amy Zarrow & Alan Divack, in memory of Alan's mother, Barbara Divack 
Debra & Martin Greenberg, in memory of our mother, Kay Feldman 
Tatyana Leifman, in memory of Tatyana's father, Lev J. Leifman, her aunt, Vera Leifman, and her uncle, Rabbi Morton Leifman 
Carolyn Reinach-Wolf & Robert Leventhal, in loving memory of my dad and grandpa to my three children, Alex, Alissa, Julia 
Naomi Marcus, in memory of Naomi's father, David Greitzer 
Judith Edelstein & James Meier, in memory of Judith's mother, Jean Edelstein 
Anne Mintz, in memory of Anne's mother, Roni Mintz 
Roberta & Paul Shapiro, in memory of Roberta's sister, Susan Kornbluh 
Michele Siegel, in memory of Michele's uncle, Len Polisar 
Patty Lipshutz & Lorin Silverman, in memory of Patty's father, Carl Lipshutz, Lorin's aunt, Florence Weinberg, and Lorin's uncle, Melvin Rosen 
Maron & Nahum Waxman, in memory of Maron's mother, Helen Loeb 
Ellen Werner, in memory of Ellen's parents, Anne & Harry Werner 
 
MUSIC FUND DONATIONS 
Carol Ingall & Stephan Brumberg, in memory of Gershon Schwartz 
Terry Zisowitz, in honor of Daniella Risman on the occasion of her graduation from JTS 
Despite our best efforts and extensive proofreading, 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.