WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Ki Tavo
September 17, 2022 / 21 Elul 5782
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:30pm, In-Person in the Sanctuary, or via Livestream or Zoom
Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am, In-Person in the Sanctuary, or via Livestream or Zoom
Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am, In-Person in 5 North
Big Kids Service: Saturday, 11am, In-Person
TeleTefila Service: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit, 10am on Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 7:44pm on Zoom
Selichot Service: Saturday, 11pm, In-Person in the Sanctuary, or via Livestream
THIS WEEK
Thursday, September 15, 7-8pm: Worship, Wordy and Wordless, with Rabbi Kalmanofsky in 5 North
Saturday, 8:45am: Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class in the Chapel
Sunday, 10-10:45am: Rabbi Kalmanofsky Goes to Church Click Here for More Info
Sunday, 10am-12:30pm: Riverside Park Garden Party! at the 105th Street Ballfields in Riverside Park
Tuesday, 7:30pm: Asking the One for Just One Thing: Explore High Holiday Texts and Melodies with Hazzan Hirschhorn in 5 North or on Zoom
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MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Zadie Schonfeld, her parents Samantha and Roger Schonfeld, and her sisters Penelope and Hannah, on the occasion of Zadie's bat mitzvah this Shabbat.
SELICHOT
Selichot Service
Saturday, September 17, 11pm - 12am, In-Person in the Ansche Chesed Sanctuary or via Livestream

Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Hazzan Hirschhorn, along with our long-time friends, AC member Mike Cohen on woodwinds and percussionist Ronen Itzik, as we implore God to לשמוע אל הרינה ואל התפילה, “hear our prayer and praise,” and help us ready ourselves for this season of teshuva.

Note: Unfortunately the "Matir Assurim: God Who Frees Prisoners" program has been postponed. Only the Selichot Service will be held this Saturday night.
HIGH HOLIDAYS AT AC
Membership Renewal and Tickets

If you have not already done so, please renew your membership and reserve High Holiday tickets ASAP, as seats are now being assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Martin Sivorinovsky with any questions.
Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance lists those close to us who have passed away, but who have not been forgotten. This year we will have both a printed version for distribution at the High Holidays, and a virtual version that you can add names to throughout the year.


If you have any questions about submitting names, please contact the office.
Weaving our Words: A Collaborative Poem

As Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur approach, Ansche Chesed invites our community to join an exercise in collaborative poetry. Click here for a Google form with prompts for you to express what is in your heart and mind at this intense time of year. Feel free to respond to any or all of these eight prompts with one-line reflections. We will weave the threads you supply into a collaborative tapestry to share with the wider community on the holidays.
High Holiday Service Schedule

Note: All services in the Sanctuary will also be available virtually via Livestream.

We will be making a digital version of Mahzor Lev Shalem available to those who participate online. Use this link to access it: https://view.protectedpdf.com/bVky9e.

Rosh HaShanah
Sunday, September 25

Evening Services - 6:15pm
In the Sanctuary, Open Seating
 
West Side Minyan Evening Services - 6:30pm
On Zoom

Monday, September 26

Sanctuary Morning Services - 9am
In the Sanctuary, Assigned Seating
 
Minyan M'at Morning Services - 8:30am
In-Person
 
West Side Minyan Morning Services - 9:30am
on Zoom

Tashlikh - Meet at Ansche Chesed at 5pm
 
Minha/Ma'ariv - 6:15pm
In the Sanctuary, Open Seating
Tuesday, September 27

Sanctuary Morning Services - 9am
In the Sanctuary, Open Seating
 
Minyan M'at Morning Services - 8:30am
In-Person
 
West Side Minyan Morning Services - 9:30am
In-Person (please email at least 3 days in advance to attend) or via Livestream

Minha/Ma'ariv - 6:15pm
In the Sanctuary, Open Seating
Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 4
Sanctuary Kol Nidre - 6pm
In the Sanctuary, Assigned Seating
 
Minyan M'at Kol Nidre - 6pm
In-Person

West Side Minyan Kol Nidre - 6:15pm
on Zoom
Wednesday, October 5
Sanctuary Morning Services - 9am
In the Sanctuary, Assigned Seating
 
Minyan M'at Morning Services - 8:30am
In-Person
 
West Side Minyan Morning Services - 9:30am
on Zoom

Sanctuary Minha/Ne'ila - 4:30pm
In the Sanctuary, Assigned Seating
 
Minyan M'at Minha/Ne'ila - 5:15pm
In-Person
 
West Side Minyan Minha/Neila
In-Person (please email at least 3 days in advance to attend)

Tekiat Shofar - 7:12pm
High Holiday Family Services

Family services are free and open to all, with advance preregistration.

Rosh HaShanah

Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27

Mishpacha Service (Ages 0 - 4, with parents) - 10:30-11:30am

Yigdal Service (Ages 5 - 7, Kindergarten - 2nd grade, with parents) - 10:30-11:45am

Big Kids Service (Ages 8-12, 3rd through 6th grade, kids only) - 10:30-11:45am
 
Tashlikh (Monday, September 26) - Meet at Ansche Chesed at 5pm

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 5

Mishpacha Service (Ages 0 - 4, with parents) - 10:30-11:30am
 
Yigdal Service (Ages 5 - 7, Kindergarten - 2nd grade, with parents) - 10:30-11:45am
 
Big Kids Service (Ages 8-12, 3rd through 6th grade, kids only) - 10:30-11:45am
Chesed Chevra

If we can be of assistance to you before the High Holidays, please contact us at chesed@anschechesed.org.
ELUL PROGRAMMING
Worship, Wordy and Wordless, with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
Thursday, September 15, 7-8pm, In-Person in 5N

Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are notable for the abundance of words in the lengthy prayer book, and for the inarticulate, animal groans of the Shofar. In these sessions we will reflect on how texts can be tools enabling our spiritual journeys, as well as on their limitations, and how the wordless Shofar can express what poetry cannot.
Asking the One for Just One Thing: Explore High Holiday Texts and Melodies with Hazzan Hirschhorn
Tuesday, September 20, 7:30pm, In-Person in 5N or on Zoom

The Jewish spiritual practice for the month of Elul invites us to engage daily with the text of Psalm 27. One of the most familiar lines from the Psalm declares “I will ask God for only one thing." If you had a chance to ask the One for one thing only, what would it be? What does this text teach us about ourselves, and about what might be essential in the life we are seeking to build?

JOIN IN-PERSON OR VIA ZOOM
Meeting ID: 858 9958 9163 
Passcode: elul 
Rosh HaShanah Round Challah Braid n' Bake
Sunday, September 25, 10 - 11:15am, In-Person

There's nothing quite like starting the New Year with warm, home-baked round challah, dripping with sweet honey!

Join us on Erev Rosh HaShanah as we learn how to make round challot with AC member Erica Cohen (check our her Challah posts on Instagram: @ericaavin). We will learn round challah braiding techniques, and everyone will leave with fresh challah to enjoy at your Rosh HaShanah table.

You can either bring your own pre-made Challah dough (click here for a sample recipe), or we will supply the dough.

This program is intergenerational - ideal for kids ages 5 and older, and adults of all ages! Babysitting available for kids under age 5.

Please register here by Wednesday, September 21st.
Grief Support Circle
Sunday, October 2, 9:15 - 10:15am, In-Person in the Chapel

As the year ebbs and flows, and holidays come and go, our thoughts may turn to loved ones, family and friends, we have lost. As we approach the Yamim Nora’im, DOROT Social Worker Hilary Forrest and Rabbi Yael Hammerman will co-facilitate a Grief Support Circle for those who are experiencing the High Holy Days without a loved one for the first (or second, or third) time. Please join us.

Register here; and feel free to reach out to Rabbi Yael or Hilary with any questions.
Yom Kippur: Old Stories, New Endings
Workshop Led by AC Member Rebecca Wallace-Segall
Sunday, October 2, 10:15am, In-Person

Come together with fellow AC members of any age to quietly reflect upon and write through moments of regret of the past year. Through engaging the craft of storytelling, reflection, and sharing, we will compose new endings to old stories to take with us into the new year. Rebecca Wallace-Segall is the founder and CEO of Writopia Lab, an extraordinary program helping children and teens grow as creative writers, and The Writer's Rock, its sister organization that serves adults. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
OPENING UP HIRSCH HALL LOBBY
AND SANCTUARY ACCESS!
A renovated lobby will offer a warm and attractive entrance to both Hirsch Hall and the Annex/Gym. The new Hirsch Hall will be one of Ansche Chesed’s jewels. With the stage gone, celebrations and other events will take place in spacious, comfortable surroundings. Aesthetic improvements throughout these spaces will complete the picture, turning the lower level into a highly desirable place to host events and thus a much greater source of critical rental income.

Removal of the lift and installation of the LULA elevator connecting Hirsch Hall, the 100th Street lobby and Sanctuary makes access more efficient and dignified for all.

  • Enlarged Floor Space (stage removed)
  • Four 8’ Doors to Annex (gym)
  • Annex Makeover
  • Renovated Loggia (back walkway)
  • Renovated Lobby
  • Upgraded Décor, Sound and Lighting

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 during services 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 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.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Fridays, 6:30pm, In-Person in the Sanctuary, or via Livestream or Zoom

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.
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.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING
Rabbi Kalmanofsky Goes to Church
Sundays, September 18, 10-10:45am

Rabbi Kalmanofsky will lead Bible study at Marble Collegiate Church at 10-10:45am on Sundays September 11 and September 18. From the Holy Scriptures that Jews and Christians share, we will study Jeremiah and Isaiah. Marble invites Ansche Chesed members to join in person at 1 West 29 Street, or online.

Click here for more info.
Riverside Park Garden Party!
Sunday, September 18, 10am-12:30pm

Come out to the park to see friends and make new ones as we gather together for a morning of gardening in Riverside Park. All ages welcome! We will be working in an area near the synagogue. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a beautiful autumn morning with other members of the AC community and take care of our larger community. We'll have gloves and gardening tools for all! Children under age 10 must be closely supervised. 

Location: 105th Street Ballfields. Meet across from Dog Run 105, circa 104th St. inside Riverside Park on the ballfield level (at the base of the stairs) - link to Google directions here.

Click here to register and for more info.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class
Saturdays, 8:45am, In-person in the Chapel
 
Join us for our weekly Parashat HaShavua class before the start of Shabbat morning services in the Chapel - now with a chance to schmooze and drink hot coffee before the class starts.

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, In-Person
 
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.
#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."
FAMILY AND TEEN PROGRAMMING
Mishpacha Service (Ages 0-4, with Parents)
Saturday, September 24 at 11am, In-Person

Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join us for our Mishpacha Service. Get in the Shabbat spirit with songs, puppets, movement — and your friends from Ansche Chesed.
Yigdal Service (Ages 5-7, with Parents)
Saturday, September 24 at 11am, In-Person

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.
Big Kids Service (Ages 8-12, Kids Only)
Saturdays, September 17 and 24 at 11am, In-Person

This service, led by Tommy Treitel, delves into the structure, purpose and words of our Shabbat morning tefillot (prayers) and the weekly parshah (Torah portion), which we experience as community through discussion and interactive activities.
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Donations Needed!
Ansche Chesed is collecting supplies to assistance individuals arriving on migrant buses from Texas. All items will be collected in a labelled box in the AC lobby.

Items needed:
 
  • Men's boxer briefs
  • Men's t shirts
  • Men's socks
  • Sealed personal care items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion, floss, shampoo, laundry detergent, net bags for laundry)
  • Small hand sanitizer
  • Masks
 
There are smaller groups of women and children arriving BUT small amounts of Women's and Children's clothing items of the above would also be appreciated.
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
KOL Foods Buying Club
KOL Foods sells the only kosher grass-fed, ethically raised, humanely treated, regenerative meat anywhere - and it's yummy too! And now, our local Buying Club is back! Order now for cheap shipping: $10 flat fee per order! Place your order at www.kolfoods.com and select the Upper West Side Buying Club as the shipping method. The more you buy, the more you save.

The order deadline for the Rosh HaShanah Club is at noon on Sunday, September 18th, and the pick-up will be on Tuesday, September 21st at Ansche Chesed.

More information is available here.
Salon with Ksenia Svetlova
Thursday, September 22 at 4pm
Join former Member of Knesset and Israeli journalist Ksenia Svetlova for a salon on the political situation in Israel: upcoming election, Arab affairs, and prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Rabbi Judith Edelstein and Jim Meier are hosting Ms. Svetlova for a small gathering in collaboration with J Street on Thursday, September 22 at 4pm at their home- please RSVP to jmeier44@aol.com

Ksenia Svetlova was a Member of the Israeli Knesset and an associate of Tzipi Livni. She is a journalist, a professor at Hebrew University and a scholar at an Israeli think tank. She has covered the Middle East for 15 years on Israeli TV, for the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Haaretz, BBC Russian, Newsweek, etc.  
Machol Manhattan Israeli Folk Dancing
Come to Machol Mahattan! Israeli Folk Dancing every Thursday evening with Ilan Birnbaum and Rina Rinkewich on the Upper West Side!

DISCOUNTED BEGINNERS SERIES 
September 15th through October 20th  
6 Classes 7:30 -8:15pm
$80 for the Series ($50 ages 30 and under) includes admission to open dancing immediately following. Must sign up in advance for beginners series- contact info@macholmanhattan.com

OPEN DANCING EVERY THURSDAY
8:15-11:30pm including teaching of intermediate and advanced dances
$20 admission ($10 for for 30 and under)

Location: Gym at Romemu Sanctuary
176 W. 105th Street at Amsterdam Ave.
Click here for more info.
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
I have a large carton of Hebrew books, pictured below - novels, literature, poetry, philosophy. Some children’s books too. Looking to give to anyone who is interested. Please contact me at marionrichman@hotmail.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.