WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Vaetchanan
July 24, 2021 / 15 Av 5781
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat Friday, 6:30pm Join Us In Person or Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:00am Join Us In Person or Via Zoom
Kiddush On The Korner: Saturday, 11am Ansche Chesed West End Steps
TeleTefila Services: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 9:17pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 8:02pm
Torah Reading: Vaetchanan Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 (5:1-6:25)
Haftara: Isaiah 40:1-26
Shabbat Ends: 9:07pm
THIS WEEK
Scribblers on Zoom: "Truthtelling" and "At The Narrow Waist of the World"
Mondays 8pm Via Zoom
ANNOUNCMENTS
Membership Renewal
The 2021-2022 Ansche Chesed membership year is officially underway. Please click HERE to renew your membership online.

If you wish to renew your membership by check, please download the renewal form and submit via Mail to the Ansche Chesed offices.
Disability Access
As an update to our previous message, the 100th Street entrance will remain closed Monday through Friday. Access to our building will be through our West End Avenue entrance.

For Kabbalat Shabbat, people who require disability access should alert Artie at the West End Avenue entrance and he will call someone on staff to open the 100th Street entrance and operate the lift. 

On Shabbat mornings, the 100th Street entrance will be open to people who require disability access. There will be someone on hand to operate the lift.

Thank you for your understanding.
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
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, 6:30pm In Ansche Chesed Sanctuary or VIA ZOOM
In a stark contrast to Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning and sadness, the Temple era holiday of Tu B’Av saw unmarried young women dressed in white, dance in the vineyards, marking the beginning of the grape harvest. Coinciding with Shabbat this year, Tu B’Av came to be associated with celebrating love and reconciliation. This Friday night, join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Hazzan Hirschhorn to learn more about Tu B’Av and to welcome Shabbat with songs of love! 

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.

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.

Join Us In Person
Or
or call
929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, 9am IN PERSON or Via Zoom (Please note Summer start time)

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.

A new monthly list began on July 3.

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and the Torah reading for Parshat Vaetchanan from the Etz Hayim Chumash available to us as PDF's for those who join us via Zoom.

We hope that everyone will be able to fully participate with us!

Please Note: Throughout the Summer, our Shabbat morning services will begin at 9am to minimize the heat in our sanctuary.

or call
929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Kiddush on the Korner
Saturday, after Shabbat morning services, approx. 11am
Please join us on West End Avenue in front of Ansche Chesed after services for Kiddush, weather permitting. This week we’re celebrating Melinda Gros’s birthday, sponsored by Ron Werter, Ariel and Matthew. (To sponsor a Kiddush, contact Martin Sivorinovsky, msivorinovsky@anschechesed.org).
SCRIBBLERS ON ZOOM
This summer, when we cannot hold our popular literary series "Scribblers on the Roof" as usual, we are excited to present our virtual reading series, on the zoom platform. A wonderful selection of writers will read from and discuss their work in fiction, memoir and poetry. Join us Monday evenings from 8-9pm through August 9.

Meeting ID: 848 2864 6010
Passcode: books

If you missed a session of Scribblers on Zoom, some of our sessions have been recorded and can be viewed here.
"Truthtelling" and "At The Narrow Waist of the World"
Monday, July 26 at 8pm on Zoom
Lynne Sharon Schwartz
Marlena Maduro Baraf
"Field Light" and "(Re)born in the USA"
Monday, August 2 at 8pm on Zoom
Owen Lewis
Roger Bennett
To Be Announced
Monday, August 9 at 8pm on Zoom
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Air Conditioners for Refugees
Last fall Ansche 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 who 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
Join The Avodah Jewish Service Corps!
Are you searching for your place in movements for social and economic justice? Are you between the ages of 21-26 and excited to work, live, and learn at the intersection of activism and Jewish life? Join the Jewish Service Corps! You’ll spend a year working at a leading non-profit while gaining the skills, analysis, Jewish social justice insights, and communal networks needed to stay in this work for the long haul. Start building the foundations for a lifelong career today. visit avodah.net/serve. Apply today and spend a year serving for justice in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, DC, or their newest city, San Diego.
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.

While Ansche Chesed is under construction, Chefs Table is happy to cater your events off premise and has 25 years of experience in off-site catering. 

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
Caretaker/Housekeeper Available
Anila took care of my mother for almost three years and truly enhanced her quality of life before she passed in April of 2020. She is currently seeking employment as a caretaker or housekeeper. Please contact me (Corinne Boren) via eMail or at 212.864.8163 if you would like more information or to be put in touch with Anila.
School Social Worker Position
Cope With School NYC is hiring a school social worker to work 2.5 days at a wonderful, supportive K-12 school and to see children, adolescents and adults in a growing psychotherapy practice for individual and group therapy. For more information or to apply, visit this link or email Ansche Chesed member Ari E. Fox.
Sublet Needed
Effie Shoham, a professor of Medieval Jewish History at Ben-Gurion University will be coming to New York for a sabbatical and is seeking a two-bedroom apartment for herself and her nine year old son on the Upper West Side starting in late August. If you have something available, or know of something that might work, please reach out to Effie at shohamst@bgu.ac.il.
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.