Parshat Vaera
January 21, 2023 / 28 Tevet 5783
Kabbalat Shabbat with New Voices - Shira B'Dira: Friday, 5:30pm in the Chapel
Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am in the Sanctuary, or via Livestream or Zoom, followed by a presentation by Tova Friedman about her book, Daughter of Auschwitz, at Kiddush
Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am in 5 North, followed by a Memorial Lunch for Yocheved Muffs
Minyan Rimonim and TeleTefila Service: Saturday, 10am in-person on the 6th Floor or virtually on Zoom
Mishpacha Service: Saturday, 11am in 2 North
Yigdal Service: Saturday, 11am in 2 South
Big Kids Service: Saturday, 11am in the Chapel
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 5:42pm on Zoom
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, 10am: Learner's Minyan in the Multipurpose Room
Saturday, 12:30pm: Tova Friedman Discusses Her Book Daughter of Auschwitz at Kiddush in Hirsch Hall
Saturday Morning: Memorial Lunch with Minyan M'at in 5 North
Saturday, 1:30pm: Daughter of Auschwitz Processing Discussion for 6th & 7th Graders and Families in the Chapel
Sunday, 10-11:30am: Mitzvah Knitting Group in the AC Lobby
Monday, 6:45pm: Learn to Read the Torah Class in the Chapel 
Monday, 7:45pm: Yesodot - Jewish Foundations Class in the Chapel
Tuesday, 7:30-9pm: Shirei Chesed Community Chorus on the 5th Floor
Wednesday, 7pm: Weekly Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky in-person in the Chapel or virtually on Zoom
Thursday (Jan. 26), 7pm: JTS Cantorial School: Dellheim Senior Recital at AC
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COVID Protocols

Masks: AC Sanctuary services are 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.
Daughter of Auschwitz
Saturday, January 21 at 12:30pm

With the youngest Shoah survivors growing older, we are the final generation who will hear their stories first-hand.

Tova Friedman, mother of AC member Gadi Friedman, is one of the very youngest Auschwitz survivors, having entered that prison before her 6th birthday. Tova will join Ansche Chesed on Shabbat, January 21, to share the remarkable story she recounts in her new book The Daughter of Auschwitz: My Story of Resilience, Survival and Hope. Please join us to think about the horror of the past and the demands to build a better future.

All are welcome to join us after services for Kiddush and a presentation from our speaker. If you plan to attend, please make a donation to the Kiddush Fund so we have enough food for everyone to enjoy.
Memorial Lunch for Yocheved Muffs with Minyan M'at
Saturday, January 21

Following services, Minyan M'at will hold a special lunch in memory of Yocheved Muffs. Join us as we share memories of Yocheved over full plates and fuller hearts.
Mitzvah Knitting Group
Sunday, January 22 from 10 - 11:30am in the AC Lobby

Experienced and novice knitters alike are invited to join the inaugural gathering of an intergenerational AC Mitzvah Knitting Group! -- Sabas and Savtas, bring your grandkids; kids - bring your parents! We will begin knitting winter hats to donate to refugees who have arrived to a cold NYC winter. Knitting instructor, Judith Kane, will advise knitters as needed.

AC will supply the yarn. Let us know if you'll bring your own needles, or need AC to provide needles.

Click here to register.

Contact Rabbi Yael with questions.
JTS Cantorial School: Dellheim Senior Recital
Thursday, January 26 at 7pm at AC

Featuring Josh Ehrlich, Marilyn Selby Okoshi, and Ansche Chesed Cantorial Intern Noah Rachels

Join graduating Cantorial School seniors Josh Ehrlich, Marilyn Selby Okoshi, and Noah Rachels for an exciting evening of music and spirit as they share their talents and their vision for the 21st-century cantorate. The recital will feature a wide range of Jewish music in Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish, as well as hazzanut and Israeli traditional and pop songs. Choral works and contemporary compositions written and composed by our graduates will also be performed. The soloists, along with guest artists, will be accompanied by pianist Joyce Rosenzweig, JTS adjunct instructor, and the H. L. Miller Cantorial School Chorus, conducted by Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn.

Learner's Minyan
Saturdays at 10am in the new Multipurpose Room (outside Hirsch Hall)
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.

Shabbat mornings through March 4
Monday Evening Classes
Mondays, next session on January 23 in the Chapel

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

Note: We have scheduled these two classes consecutively so that people who want to attend both can do so. RSVP here, walk-ins welcome.

Learn to Read the Torah - 6:45pm
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.

Yesodot: Jewish Foundations - 7:45pm
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.
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.
Weekly Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
Wednesdays at 7pm in the Chapel or via Zoom
This year in Rabbi Kalmanofsky's weekly Wednesday Night Talmud class we will study Bava Metzia chapter 6, known as "One Who Hires Artisans," and the obligations of employers and employees towards each other, as well as problems created by breaches of contract. The chapter also includes some spiritually rich material about freedom and obligation, as well ethical excellence beyond the letter of the law.

You can use any Talmud edition you like, including the Koren-Steinsaltz or Artscroll
(both of these are Bava Metzia vol. 2). You can also use websites like Sefaria (which uses the English from Koren-Steinsaltz).
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.

Parsha Talk
Continuing their tradition from summers at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, Rabbi Kalmanofsky and his buddies, Rabbis Barry Chesler and Eliot Malomet host Parsha Talk, more popularly known as "Three Old Guys Talking About the Parsha."
January Friday Nights at a Glance
Fridays at 5:30pm in the Chapel
January 20: Kabbalat Shabbat with New Voices - Shira B'Dira
This Friday evening we open our doors to the Shira B’Dira community and celebrate the beginning of Shabbat with joyful song and powerful ruach. All are welcome!

Shira B'Dira requests that all participants in Friday night services wear masks.

Shira B'Dira will be hosting a potluck dinner after services, geared at individuals in their 20's and 30's. If you would like to join the potluck, please sign up here to note what you will contribute.

Shira b’Dira (literally translates as "song in apartment") was started by Eliana Light and Sam Blustin in 2015 as a liturgically traditional, egalitarian singing prayer community based on the UWS. It is now led by team members Marty Feuerstein-Mendik, Jacob Kaplan-Lipkin, Sharon Litwinoff, and Ben Gellman. Our intention is to build and hold an inclusive community (regardless of any aspect of identity) that is a heimish and halachic space; and is a supportive and joyful addition to our lives.

January 27: Shabbat Shir Chadash - Back by Popular Demand!
This Friday night will be a continuation of the new experiment for Ansche Chesed, as we bring the musical instruments into the services. We hope this different format will bring our community together again, back in person, in our spiritual home.

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

Morning Minyan currently is held in person in the Chapel on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, and on Rosh Chodesh and Civil Holidays. Minyan begins at at 7:30am on weekdays and at 8:30am on Sundays and Civil Holidays. Services are also available virtually via Zoom on all days the minyan meets.

Please be part of our communal renewal as we rebuild our in-person presence – every single person, every single time you come, will make a difference. Feel free to join our WhatsApp group, which will allow us to send out notes when we need people. You can also use this Google Sheet listing participants for each day in January, adding your name on days when you expect to join us so we have a sense of when we’re set for numbers. If you want to lead or read Torah, perhaps to mark a special occasion, you can do that too. (Everyone can “edit” this doc, so please be careful not to erase anyone else’s name.)

Beginning on Tuesday, February 21, which is Rosh Hodesh Adar, the Tuesday and Wednesday services will also return fully in-person, counting those present toward the minyan, and welcoming others to connect remotely. Please see Rabbi Kalmanofsky’s letter regarding these changes for further details.
Mishpacha Service (Ages 0-4, with Parents)
Saturday, January 21 at 11am in 2 North

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, January 21 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.
Big Kids Service (Ages 8-12, Kids Only)
Saturday, January 21 at 11am in the Chapel

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.
Daughter of Auschwitz: Special Invitation for 6th & 7th Grade Families
Saturday, January 21 at 12:30pm in Hirsch Hall and the Chapel

With the youngest Shoah survivors growing older, we are the final generation who will hear their stories first-hand.

Tova Friedman, mother of AC member Gadi Friedman, is one of the very youngest Auschwitz survivors, having entered that prison before her 6th birthday. Tova will join Ansche Chesed on Shabbat, January 21, to share the remarkable story she recounts in her new book The Daughter of Auschwitz: My Story of Resilience, Survival and Hope. Please join us to think about the horror of the past and the demands to build a better future.

All are welcome to join us after services for Kiddush and a presentation from our speaker. If you plan to attend, please make a donation to the Kiddush Fund so we have enough food for everyone to enjoy.

After Kiddush, we will have a processing discussion for 6th and 7th grade families with Rabbi Yael and Aliza in the Chapel. 

Please register here to let us know if you can come.
Volunteer for DOROT's Winter Package Delivery!
Registration is now open for DOROT's Winter Package Delivery. Members of Ansche Chesed can sign up to deliver a package and share a friendly phone call or visit with an older neighbor on Sunday January 29 or Monday January 30.

How it works:

1. Register at www.dorotusa.org/winter

2. Pick up a package

3. Deliver the package to a senior in Manhattan

4. Connect with the senior for a friendly call or visit


Sunday, January 29
East Side: 10:00 am – 12:40 pm
Moise Safra Center (130 E. 82nd Street)

West Side: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
DOROT (171 W. 85th Street)
Monday, January 30
West Side: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
DOROT (171 W. 85th Street)

Donations can be made online here.
To become more involved, please reach out to us here
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
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.
Medical Support for Hugh Pollack
Hugh Pollack, a Ramah Berkshires past president and longtime volunteer in New York Jewish institutions - including leadership roles in Town & Village Synagogue, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, Zamir Choral Foundation, and DVI: Dental Volunteers for Israel - is suffering a critical illness that requires a living donor in order for him to recover.  

Hugh’s doctors have determined that waiting years, potentially, for a cadaver liver is not a viable option. The best course of treatment for Hugh is a donation from a healthy, living donor. The liver is the only organ that can quickly regenerate itself. For this procedure, only a section of the donor’s liver is removed and transplanted, and the donor’s liver regenerates within a few months. In many cases the donor’s procedure can be done laparoscopically, with an easier recovery. Some of the eligibility requirements include compatible blood type, under the age of 60, no history of alcohol or substance abuse, or Hepatitis C. 

Hugh now needs your help securing a living donor to match for a liver transplant. All medical expenses associated with the donor’s care are covered by Hugh’s insurance. For an overview of living donor transplantation, click here. For more information, you can call the New York Presbyterian Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at: 646-962-4438. All Inquiries regarding a potential match as a living donor are completely confidential.
Ulpan Classes at the JCC
Ulpan is an Israeli method for teaching and improving all Hebrew language skills—speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Ulpan classes at the JCC are taught by highly qualified, experienced teachers. You'll find small, interactive day and evening classes at all levels.

Winter/Spring 2023 classes will begin on Sun, Feb. 12. Register with the code ULPWS23 by Feb 3 to receive $25 off.

Which class is right for me?

If you wish to register for a weekly Ulpan class and you studied during the previous semester, register for the next class in sequence. For example, if you took Beginner Aleph, you may register for Beginner Bet; if you took Intermediate Bet, you may register for Intermediate Gimmel. If you have any questions about your level or you do not plan to continue in the same class, please contact Anila Sole at asole@mmjccm.org for a new placement.

Click here to view the winter/spring 2023 Ulpan schedule (downloadable PDF coming soon).
Click here to download our Ulpan Placement Test.
One Nation: Contemporary Artists Consider America's Past, Present, and Future
On view January 26 - July 20 at the Heller Museum at Hebrew Union College
Photographer Paul Margolis, companion of longtime AC member Aliya Cheskis-Cotel, is featured in a powerful new art exhibition, “ONE NATION,” at the Heller Museum at Hebrew Union College in New York. This show presents a provocative view of America’s past, present, and future as interpreted by 45 contemporary artists who consider the state of our nation and hopes for a just future. The artists in this exhibition have investigated America’s ideals and aspirations as well as its challenges through works mirroring the diversity of American culture and experience. Their diverse identities provide multifaceted perspectives of who we are, and who we might become.

From the Founding Fathers to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., the welcoming Statue of Liberty to today’s immigration struggles, the joy of citizenship to the striving for the American dream, the many facets of our nation are powerfully depicted in multiple mediums, including paintings, woodcuts, photography, tapestry, collage, and textiles.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, January 26 at 4:30 - 6:30pm; Program at 5:15pm
Dr. Bernard Heller Museum
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West Fourth Street, New York

Click here to register for the reception
Click here to view the Exhibition Catalogue

Admission: Free; Identification and proof of vaccination required
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 9:00 am – 6:30pm
Tours: Free docent-guided tours on Tuesdays at 11:00 am and 1:30pm and by appointment; contact eberman@huc.edu
Information: Please contact HellerMuseum@huc.edu; (212) 824-2218
Tikvah at Ramah Berkshires
July 30 - August 10, 2023
Ramah Berkshires is proud to announce the launch of our Tikvah program, an opportunity for children ages 11-14 with intellectual and developmental disabilities to experience the joy and excitement of Jewish camping with the support they need.

For more information or to be part of the Tikvah staff, contact Elisheva Layman Salant at elayman@ramahberkshires.org.
Machol Manhattan Israeli Folk Dancing
Thursdays, 7:30 - 11:30pm at Romemu (176 W 105th St & Amsterdam Ave.)

Come to Machol Mahattan! Israeli Folk Dancing every Thursday evening with Ilan Birnbaum and Rina Rinkewich on the Upper West Side!
including teaching of Beginning, intermediate and advanced dances

$20 admission ($10 for for 30 and under)

Location: Gym at Romemu Sanctuary - 176 W. 105th Street at Amsterdam Ave.

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.
Cooking Lessons with Kosher Caterer Janice Tannin

Interested in one on one cooking lessons with kosher caterer Janice Tannin in your home? I tailor classes to your skills, experience and interests. Cooking lessons make a wonderful wedding or graduation gift! They are also a fine gift for anyone who wants to learn new techniques and get creative in the kitchen.

For information please visit my website: Janicetannin.com.
Housekeeper and Caretaker Available (from Corinne Boren)

I 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.
Electric Scooter from Barbara Colton

Barbara Colton has an electric scooter that she is able to give away. It is in excellent condition, and just needs a new battery. It will need to be picked up from her apartment.

Please contact her at 212-580-1594 or ladybarbarasage@gmail.com if interested.
Freelance Writing and Dog Caretaking (from Gil Israeli)

I wish you all an upcoming Happy Chanukah to you and your families. Over the past several years, I have been working as a freelance writer and my experience is that I have available time to offer my services to you too. I'm available, so please let me know if there are any writing needs that you'd like to outsource including articles, blog posts, white papers, college entrance essays/high school and college papers (development/editor), editorials, thought pieces and guidance in creative nonfiction and fiction writing.

In smaller pieces of time I offer my services to your needs as dog and puppy owners. I’m available for visits, walks, feeding, playtime and even overnight stays. If you are someone who works at the office a few days a week, I can readily be the reliable person that provides day-time care for your security and comfort for your furry family member. References available. Our new family member is Cole, a one-year old Labradoodle, and I’ve also cared for two family dogs over my adult years.

Please let me know how I may be of service.

Gil Israeli
2 Billy Joel Tickets Available (from Fran Schiff)

MSG-Feb. 14th

Section 210, Row 2, Seats 18/19

$239 each

Text 847-436-5973 if interested
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.