WEEKLY NEWS
Shabbat Vayeshev
Shabbat Mevarchim haHodesh
November 27, 2021 / 23 Kislev 5782
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat:Friday, 5:30pm In Person, Live Streamed or Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am In Person, Live Streamed or Via Zoom
TeleTefila Services: P'sukei D'zimra 9:40am, Shacharit, 10am Via Zoom
Minyan M'at Services: Saturday, 10am | 5 North
Mishpacha Service (Babies, Tots and Preschoolers): Saturday, 11am | 6th Floor
Kiddush On The Korner: Saturday, 12:15pm Ansche Chesed West End Steps
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 5:15pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 4:12pm
Torah Reading: Parshat Vayeshev Genesis 37:1 - 40:23
Haftara: Amos 2:6-3:8
Shabbat Ends: 5:15pm
THIS WEEK
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class: Saturday, 8:45am In Person, Via Zoom and Live Streamed
Meditation Mondays: Monday, 4pm Via Zoom
Shine A Light On Antisemitism: Monday, 5:30pm Times Square
AC Teen Class: Tuesday, November 30. 5:15pm Register Here
AC Annual Chanukah Sing-Along: Tuesday, 7:30pm In Person in the Sanctuary
Weekly Talmud Masechet Pesachim: Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
MAZEL TOV
Mazel Tov to Victoria Lewis and Hezi Ben Sasson on the birth of their son. Mazel Tov also to older sister Noa, grandfather Owen Lewis and grandmother Susan Ennis.
CONDOLENCES
We mourn the passing of Ronald Morris, and wish nechama to his wife Elaine, son David, daughter-in-law Elisheva Urbas and their children, Avital, Ronit and Yemima, as well as Ron and Elaine's son Michael, his wife Willa, and their children.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reminder Of COVID Protocols
As more people are returning to synagogue in person, let’s take this opportunity to reinforce our Covid policies:

Vaccines: All who have been fully vaccinated are encouraged to attend in person. If you have not been vaccinated, please connect to our services electronically. We trust your honesty and will not verify vaccine status.

Now that children aged 5 and up are eligible, these rules will apply to them in stages. By December 1, kids should have one shot to attend in person. By January 1, kids should be fully vaccinated to attend.

Masks: Please remain masked while in the synagogue building. Those taking leadership roles during services can remove their masks at those times. In cases where we meet for indoor kiddush, please remove your masks only while eating and then once again cover your mouth and nose.

Ventilation: We keep the windows open in our prayer spaces to maximize air exchange. Winter is coming, so sometimes the room will be cold. Please bring coats and remain patient.

Our synagogue’s doors are open, and when you’re ready to come back in-person, we are here for you. 

Nearly half of the membership already has pledged and/or donated to the Rav Chesed Campaign, and we have raised $7.4 million to date. But with an $8 million goal, we need every member to contribute.

If you already have donated, thank you for getting us this far. If you have not yet contributed, watch this space for further information on how to contribute.
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, 5:30pm IN PERSON, Live Streamed, or Via Zoom
NOTE NEW FALL START TIME
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.


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929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat

AND NEXT WEEK...
Kabbalat Shabbat: Shabbat Shalom Banayich
Friday, 5pm Activity, 5:30pm Service
5pm - A fun-and-fast-paced Chanukah activity for families (best for children up to 12) with Matt Check, Interim Education & Family Program Director 
5:30pm - A Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv Service for all.

Rabbi Elazar taught - “V’chol banayich limudei Adonai, v’rav shalom banayich - And all your children shall be taught about God and great shall be the peace of your children". This week we invite all kids to bring their families to Ansche Chesed, to welcome Shabbat together with songs and stories, led by Matt Check with Hazzan Hirschhorn. Following a special program at 5pm, the service is open to everyone.
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, 9:45am IN PERSON in the Sanctuary, Live Streamed, or Via Zoom

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

Please note that we have returned to our normal 9:45am start time. Please continue to enter the building via our West End Avenue entrance (unless mobility issues make it necessary for you to use the lift.)

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

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

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Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Mishpacha Services (Babies, Tots & Preschoolers)
Saturday, November 27, 11am 6th Floor
Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join Leilah for our Mishpacha Service. Get in the Shabbat spirit with songs, puppets, movement — and your friends from Ansche Chesed. Older siblings are welcome, and encouraged to attend as well. 
Kiddush on the Korner
Saturday, after Shabbat morning services, approx. 12:15pm.
Please join us on West End Avenue in front of Ansche Chesed after services for Kiddush, weather permitting. To sponsor a Kiddush, or contribute, click here.
Our kiddush fund is a little depleted after Kiddush on the Korner all summer. Please consider sponsoring a kiddush or making a contribution to the kiddush fund- to celebrate a milestone, in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one, or just to support our wonderful afternoon schmoozes. Please contribute!
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Shine A Light On Antisemitism
Monday, November 29, 5:30pm | Times Square
Please join the Ansche Chesed community as we come together in Times Square on the second night of Chanukah to Shine a Light on antisemitism. This event will feature musical performances by David Broza, The Maccabeats, and other special guests, messages from public officials, and a public menorah lighting. This New York event is part of a national Shine a Light on Antisemitism initiative to raise awareness around contemporary antisemitism in the US.
Ansche Chesed Annual Chanukah Sing-Along
Tuesday, November 30, 7pm | Register to Join Us
This year we hope to bring song, light and joy into each other's hearts through the power of in-person gathering!

Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn, Shirei Chesed Community Chorus singers and surprise musical guests invite you for a rousing Chanukah sing-along from around the world.

Free of charge, all are welcome. Vaccination if you are eligible, masking and pre-registration are required. Bring a musical instrument to play along, if you wish.

Chesed, Chanukah and Chumor
Sunday, December 5, 4pm | Register to Join Us
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with a laugh, a chuckle, or a chortle (pronounce those with guttural "chets" please). Join the "People of Kindness" for a family-oriented program of games and stories, and a program for all ages with funny holiday videos and stories. Then we'll all gather for songs, candle-lighting, latkes and donuts. 

From This Broken Hill I Sing To You: God, Sex, and Politics in the Work of Leonard Cohen
Thursday, December 16, 7pm Via Zoom
On the fifth anniversary of the death of the iconic Leonard Cohen, Marcia Pally’s From this Broken Hill I Sing to You: God, Sex, and Politics in the Work of Leonard Cohen explores the bard's thoughtscape through 60 years of song, poetry, and novels. Pally traces Cohen’s understanding of humanity’s relational, indeed covenantal, nature and his despair at our breaches of the relationships we need in our personal and political lives. Cohen knew himself to be a covenant fail-er par excellence and struggled with why God made him—made all of us—relational and yet so easily able to break relationship and bolt, causing loss and pain to ourselves and others.

Please join Marcia Pally and David Kraemer in conversation about Cohen’s faith, frustration, and shimmering insights into the human condition. We will be focusing on Cohen's more complex Jewish poems and songs. 
 
Marcia Pally teaches at NYU and held the Mercator Guest Professorship in the theology faculty at Humboldt University-Berlin, where she is now an annual guest professor.
 
David Kraemer is Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at JTS, and director of its world-renowned library.
 
Meeting ID: 883 2899 2060
Passcode: sgE8XY
Studying Sanctified Sex
Sunday, December 19, 12pm Via Zoom
Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky in conversation with Noam Sachs Zion, author of the new book Sanctified Sex: The 2,000-Year Jewish Debate on Marital Intimacy. We will discuss how old and new Jewish sages reflect on human eros, emotions, and ethics.
 
Zion is one of our generation's greatest Jewish educators and interpreters of our tradition. You may have encountered him through his extraordinary haggadot, A Different Night and A Night to Remember, as well as A Day Apart: Shabbat at Home, and his Hanukkah work, A Different Light, or his three-volume collection of texts and studies on tzedaka and philanthropy

Meeting ID: 830 8214 1322
Passcode: Intimacy
ONGOING PROGRAMS
Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class
Saturday, 8:45am IN PERSON, on Live Stream or Zoom
Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky for his weekly Parashat HaShavua class before the start of Shabbat morning services either in person in the AC Sanctuary or via Live Stream or Zoom. (Please note electronic methods of participation are non-interactive.)

In these COVID times, we will hold the hour-long class in person in the Sanctuary (we'll bring back the table when we can all sit closer), enabling those in the room to participate in the discussion, and Live Stream it out, so others can watch and listen. As usual, the weekly source sheet will be available here.

This weekly class is dedicated to Rabbi Jules Harlow, a great teacher of Torah and especially of Jewish liturgy.


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Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Meditation Mondays
Mondays 4-5pm Via Zoom
Led by Ansche Chesed members and Meditation Teachers Sheila Lewis, Sheldon Lewis and Peter Silverman
Get your week off to a great start!

Join us for a break from stress, anxiety, news cycles, and uncertainty—with calming and enlivening practices like mindful breathing, imagery, and introspection. Discussion and Q&A to follow. Beginners and advanced meditators are welcome.
Note New Time for this Year.
Meeting ID: 871 3692 1161
Passcode: Breathe
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus Led by Hazzan Hirschhorn
Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm IN PERSON in 5 North Will Return Next Week, Join us this week for the Annual Chanukah Sing-Along
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus continues 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. During the height of the Covid Era we focused on growing our repertoire and musicianship, as well as recording a few virtual choir projects here, here, and here

This year we are cautiously optimistic about our ability to sing in the same space again, even though some extra precautions may be needed. All participants will be required to submit a proof of vaccination, masking may be required.

Ability to carry a tune is important; reading Hebrew or music is not required; 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.
Talmud Study With Rabbi Kalmanofsky
Wednesdays, 7pm Via Zoom
This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the tenth chapter of Tractate Pesachim.

Once Sukkot ends .. it's almost Passover! This year let's begin getting ready early by studying the Talmudic chapter devoted to the night of the Seder. This chapter has a wonderful blend of law and lore, will make you think about history and will deepen your Passover celebration.
Meeting ID: 889 9369 5753
Passcode: Pesachim
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance
The Ansche Chesed Community plans to Welcome the Stranger by becoming a Community Sponsor. We will help a refugee family resettle in NYC and adapt to their new environment. This project requires the time, talents, and compassion that we know exist in our community. There are many ways to help this project.
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
FAMILY AND TEEN PROGRAMMING
Teen Chanukah Party
Saturday, December 4, 5:30-7pm Register Here
AC teens 8th grade and up are invited to the AC Teen Chanukah party. Join us for candle lighting, sufganiyot, a mitzvah opportunity, and more! Please register in advance, $10/person. We will be located in 5 North for this event!

Email abeiner@anschechesed.org with any questions. 
The Ansche Chesed Teen Class
Bi-Weekly Next Session Tuesday, November 30, 5:15-6:15PM Register Here
AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky in the fall and Rabbi Yael Hammerman and Youth Director Adina Beiner in the spring for a bi-weekly class. Throughout the year we will be choosing meaningful and relevant topics to discuss and unpack as a group (with some time left for schmoozing and pizza as well!). In order to cover the costs of this program, we are asking for a suggested donation of $54 per participant for the year. 

Scheduled Dates: November 30, December 14, January 11, January 25, February 8, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26, May 10, May 24.
Moving Traditions
High school can be a challenging time. It's when teens ask big questions, figuring out who they want to become. It's a time when friendship and mentorship are needed most, and when the values and support of Jewish community can be a positive, guiding force. Ansche Chesed is excited to offer 2 teen groups this coming year, in partnership with Moving Traditions. Together we're creating small, safe group experiences that encourage self-discovery, promote self-confidence and strengthen connections with other teens and the broader Jewish community.

Rosh Hodesh for Girls
11th-12th grades led by Avital Moss
Rosh Hodesh groups focus on what it means to be a young Jewish woman in our world today. Through discussion, arts & crafts, creative rituals, games, and drama, the girls and their leaders draw on Jewish values and a gender lens to explore issues the girls care about - such as body image, friendship, relationships, family, competition, and stress.
Avital's group will meet in person from 5:30-7 PM on the following Sundays: 11/21, 12/19, 1/23, 2/13, 3/13, 4/3, 5/1, 6/12

The cost of the program is $360 for the year. Scholarships are available. If your teen does not identify as male or female but would like to join a group, please let us know. We are happy to connect!
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.
Introducing the Chesed Chevra
We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Chesed Chevra!
 
The Chesed Chevra is the arm of our congregation that fulfills the great mitzvah of helping those in our community who are in need by performing acts of loving-kindness.
 
Our aim is to make shul members who are experiencing a life event such as the birth of a child, a serious illness, or a loss feel supported by the Ansche Chesed community.
 
How it works:
 
We look forward to working together to nurture and develop chesed and warmth within our community.
 

With thanks,

Patty Goldman, Luciana Lederman and Anne Mintz
COMMUNITY
Join Shalhevet for a Chanukah Fabregen
Sunday, December 5 1:30pm Join on Zoom
Shalhevet invites you to a special Chanukah inspirational “fabregen” gathering on Sunday December 5, at 1:30pm.

This event’s theme: Proudly Jewish: living our Jewishness wholeheartedly
Key speaker:  Sherri Manell, prize winning author and co-founder of the Koby Mandell Foundation.

Chef's Table
A new year is upon us …
Please place your orders for the High Holidays with Chefs 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.

Bruce is still actively working in the kitchen during the construction. Please contact him directly for your catering needs.

Visit their website to view their special menu.

Contact Bruce at (917)-868-7964 or his website for more information.
SHUK
Apartment Needed
Upper West Side apartment needed from Jan 22 through February 13 for our niece's family, 2 adults and 2 young children, who are visiting from England for a Bat Mitzvah. Adults are fully vaccinated. Ricki and Jeff Segall, rlsegall@gmail.com
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.