WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Korah
June 12, 2021 / 2 Tammuz 5781
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:30pm Join Us In Person or Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom
Kiddush on the Korner: Saturday, 11:45am on the West End Avenue Steps
Mishpacha Services: Saturday, June 19, 10am Register Here
TeleTefila Services: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 9:18pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 8:10pm
Torah Reading: Korah Numbers 16:1-18:32 (16:20-17:24)
Haftara: 1 Samuel 11:14-12:22
Shabbat Ends: 9:18pm
THIS WEEK
The Un-Distancing Hour: Thursday, 5:30pm Via Zoom
Shabbat Morning Study: Saturday, 8:45am Via Zoom
Virtual Picnic on the AC Roof: Sunday, 1pm Via Zoom
Meditation Monday: Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
Connecting To Your Shtetl: Wednesday, 3pm Register Here
MAZAL TOV
ANNOUNCEMENT
Kiddush on the Korner
Saturday, June 12th, after Shabbat morning services, approx. 11:45am
Please join us on West End Avenue in front of Ansche Chesed after services on June 12th for Kiddush on the Korner, weather permitting. There won’t be any tuna salad or smoked fish, but everyone will get a delicious treat and a chance to connect with friends. Can’t attend services in the sanctuary that day? Go JFK (just for kiddush!
Congratulations and Thanks
Congratulations to Dawn Kellman, on being elected President of Ansche Chesed at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 6. Mazal Tov also to all of the Officers and Trustees who were elected or re-elected for another term.
 
Special Thanks to Mark Paul for serving as the Ansche Chesed President for the past three years, and to Gurval Caer, Gail Eisen, Eric Fishman, Judy Margolin, Lori Skopp, and Aviva Weintraub, who have completed their service on the Ansche Chesed Board. 
 
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 in the Ansche Chesed sanctuary.
Please join us!

Please note, this service will continue to be available via Zoom as well
Senior Shabbat
Friday, June 11, 6:30pm JOIN US IN PERSON or VIA ZOOM
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!

Or
or call
929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Shabbat Morning Services In June
As Covid recedes in the city, we are thrilled that Ansche Chesed can safely open our Sanctuary to ever increasing numbers of davveners. Please join us in person in the coming weeks and months.
 
At the same time, our Bnei Mitzvah families have planned their special smachot during ever changing pandemic conditions, under certain norms and expectations. We feel it would be unfair to change the rules on them at a late date. So on June 12 and June 26, we are retaining our Covid-era policy of permitting Bnei Mitzvah families to fill most of the allotted spots in the Sanctuary.
 
This Shabbat, June 12, the davvening spaces are full. But we invite everyone to join us for Kiddush on the Korner, on the West End Avenue steps, at 11:45am.
 
There are still some open davvening places for June 26, so if you want to attend on that date, please write to Josh Ashley in our office. When you receive a confirmation from the office, you’re enrolled. And whether you davven with us or not, come at noon for outdoor Kiddush.
 
And – in the shul’s big news for the week – remember that June 19 will be the beginning of our open door policy. On that day and through July and August and onward, you can come to our well-ventilated Sanctuary without pre-registering, and vaccinated people can remove their masks at their own discretion. We’ll conclude the June 19 service, both for in-person davveners and those who did not come, at noon in Riverside Park for a song and nosh.
 
As we move further into the summer, please God, the need for limitations will decrease and our joy and togetherness will increase.
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom

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

We 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 June 5. A new monthly list will appear on July 3.

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and the Torah reading for Parshat Korah 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 for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-School children
Saturday, June 19, 10am RSVP's Requested
Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join Leilah for our Mishpacha Service. Enjoy Shabbat with songs, puppets, movement — and your friends from Ansche Chesed.

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.

We’ll conclude the June 19 service, for all daveners, young and old, in person and on Zoom, at noon in Riverside Park for a song and nosh.

RSVPs requested, walk-ins welcome. 
Yigdal Service: In Person in Riverside Park for children Kindergarten through Grade 2
Saturday, June 19, 11am
This service 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 are welcome, but not required, to attend.

We are holding our Yigdal Service in-person! We will meet in Riverside Park – the best way to find the spot in the park is to enter on 100th Street and walk north towards the exit leading down to the Hudson River. Services will begin at 11am and will be led by Rabbi Yael Hammerman Please bring your own blankets or towels to sit on, make sure to wear your masks and practice social distancing.
 
We’ll conclude the June 19 service, for all daveners, young and old, in person and on Zoom, at noon in Riverside Park for a song and nosh.
Big Kids Services: In-Person in Riverside Park
Saturday, June 19, 11am
This service 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.
 
We are holding our Big Kids' Service in-person! Parents are welcome to drop off their kids and hang out with the other AC parents nearby during the service.
 
We will meet in Riverside Park - the best way to find the spot in the park is to enter on 100th Street and walk north towards the exit leading down to the Hudson River. Services will begin at 11am and 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 distancing.
 
We’ll conclude the June 19 service, for all daveners, young and old, in person and on Zoom, at noon in Riverside Park for a song and nosh.
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
Connecting To YOUR Shtetl: Session Three
Wednesday, June, 16 and 30 3pm Register Today
As a follow-up to her presentation "Connecting To My Shtetl", join Barbara Sontz to explore how YOU can connect to your genealogy. In this intimate workshop, Barbara will explore the steps you can take to learn about where your family comes from.


This is a four-session workshop, and we hope that you will attend all of the sessions.
Session 3- June 16: Finding traces of your family in your town.
Session 4- June 30: Connecting with your town today.

SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Air Conditioners for Refugees
Last fall Ansche’s Chesed members helped Ruth’s Refuge furnish apartments for five refugee families. Now, in the current Summer heat, refugees who are being helped by Ruth’s Refuge are in  desperate need for Air Conditioners to keep themselves and their families cool. However, their stock is running out. Here is how you can help:

Donate: $160 is enough for one air conditioner, $800 is enough for five, but any amount you can donate will help them meet their goal;

Volunteer: Ruth’s Refuge need volunteer drivers to deliver air conditioners (and other household goods) to clients all over the city. Email margo@ruthsrefuge.org for more information;

Networking: If you know anyone with an appliance store or has another source of discounted or donated new air conditioners, please email leah@ruthsrefuge.org.
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
Juneteenth Through The Eyes of Jews of Color:
Sharing Stories and Perspectives
Thursday, June 17, 8pm | Register Here
Join us on Thursday, June 17th, as our panel members share their personal stories about what Juneteenth means to each of them, and consider its relevance for all members of our community. 

Juneteenth marks the date when news of emancipation finally reached Galveston, Texas, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved people in the deepest parts of the South. To learn more, click here. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

For more information, a list of speakers, and to register, please click here.
Picnic on the Ansche Chesed VIRTUAL Roof
Sunday, June 13, 1pm | Via Zoom
Please join TeleTefila us for a ZOOM picnic with friends -- you bring the food, we watch you eat. We did this last year and everyone had a great time.
 
Note our Kashrut policy: Do not bring anything you wouldn't have in your own home!

Your host is Shalom (picnic@teletefila.com). Feel free to drop him a note if you have any questions.

Meeting ID: 818 1605 8539
Passcode: 272416
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 special 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
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.
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.