WEEKLY NEWS
Shabbat Shemini
April 10, 2021 / 28 Nisan 5781
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom
Mishpacha Services Saturday, 10am Register Here
TeleTefila Services: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 8:13pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 7:11pm
Torah Reading: Shemini Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47 (10:12 - 11:32)
Haftara: 2 Samuel 6:1 - 7:17
Shabbat Ends: 8:13pm
THIS WEEK
The Un-Distancing Hour: Thursday, 5:30pm Via Zoom
Shabbat Morning Study: Saturday, 8:45am Via Zoom
Non-Orthodox Conversion in Israel Sunday, 11am Via Zoom
Meditation Monday Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
Psalm Of The Week Tuesday, 8:15am Via Zoom
Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'atzmaut Sing-Along: Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Talmud Study: Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
The Marshall Project: Educating on Criminal Justice: Thursday, 7pm Via Zoom
MAZAL TOV
Mazal Tov to Ezekiel Abramson Burdman, and his parents Adena Abramson and Stephen Burdman on the occasion of Ezekiel's Bar Mitzvah this Shabbat.
ANNOUNCEMENT
The Eitz Chayim Project: Deadline Extended to April 20
You are cordially invited to take part in the Etz Chayim Project. (If you contributed to the Ki Anu Amecha Project during this High Holidays, this may sound familiar - but even if you did not, don’t let it stop you from trying now!

We ask you to record a video of yourself (or your whole family!) singing one of our beloved melodies for Etz Chayim from the comfort and safety of your own home. You’ll be singing along with Natasha’s voice on the guide track, linked here.

Click here to read more about the project, and how you can take part.
AC Board Nominations
Interested in serving on the Ansche Chesed Board of Trustees? Suggest yourself or someone else by emailing nominate@anschechesed.org.
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
Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, 6:30pm Via 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.

Please click in before services begin for some time to schmooze and greet each other first, the ritual gathering will start at 6:15pm.


or call
929 205 6099, 
Meeting ID: 875 1782 0145
Passcode: Shabbat
Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom

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

We have begun to invite small groups to join us in-person for services. Click here to read more about these plans and fill out a form expressing your interest in attending.
The list of holim we have been displaying during Shabbat services has become so lengthy that it is hard to focus prayerfully on the individual names. Among those dozens of people, we no longer know which name is which person's loved one, who has recovered, who still needs our prayers.
 
Let's experiment with a new system. We will 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 list will appear this Shabbat, April 3. After that, the new monthly lists will appear May 1, June 5, and July 3.

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and the torah reading for Parshat Shemini 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
Twice a Month RSVP's Requested
April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5 10am
Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join Leilah for our Mishpacha Service. Get ready for Shabbat with songs, puppets, movement — and your friends from Ansche Chesed.

The weather is starting to warm up in NYC, so we are moving our Mishpacha Service to 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 10am and will be led by our fabulous Mishpacha leader, Leilah Rosen! Please bring your own blankets or towels to sit on, make sure to wear your masks and practice social distancing.

RSVPs requested, walk-ins welcome. 
UPCOMING SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Non-Orthodox Conversion in Israel
Sunday, April 11, 11am Via Zoom
Join Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky for a roundtable discussion on the Recent Israeli Supreme Court Decision on non-Orthodox conversion, and the legal status of non-Orthodox streams in Israel. The conversation will include the legal perspective, the religious perspective as well as the personal perspective.

Joining Rabbi Kalmanofsky for this program will be:
Rabbi Peretz Rodman serves as head of the rabbinical court (av bet din) of the Masorti (Conservative) rabbinate in Israel. A graduate of Brandeis University and Boston’s Hebrew College, he was ordained by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem. He has published over 100 popular and academic articles in Jewish studies. A native of the United States, he and his family have made Jerusalem their home since 1990.
Tammy Gottlieb has been a senior staff member of the Masorti movement and is currently the Associate Director of Communications & New Initiatives. Tammy served as a combat soldier at the Caracal Battalion in the IDF, back when only few women joined combat units. She has been an active member of Women of the Wall for over 10 years, and is currently the vice Chair of the organization.


Karina Ruth, is an Austrian citizen, and completed her giyyur (conversion) with the Masorti Beit Din in the past few years. In preparation for this, she spent many months of study with Rabbi Rodman.
This program is part of the Second National Masorti Shabbat, in which over 35 congregations from coast to coast are highlighting the work of The Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel. Masorti is building unity in Israel through innovative programs, through its growing youth movement and through its advocacy for social justice -- the Jewish Pluralism Watch.

Yom Hazikaron/Yom Ha'atzmaut Sing Along
Tuesday, April 13, 7pm Via Zoom
Tonight the State of Israel ushers in Yom HaZikaron, remembering its fallen heroes. Join Cantor Hirschhorn and Shirei Chesed singers for a zoom Sing Along to mark it with some of the most poignant and beloved Israeli songs. We will also include old and new favorites to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, as we add our voices in contemplation of the miracle of Israel's existence and love for our Jewish homeland.

Meeting ID: 9830 7068 203
Passcode: 963608
The Marshall Project: Educating On Criminal Justice with Susan Chira
Thursday, April 15, 7pm Via Zoom
Join us as we invite Ansche Chesed member Susan Chira to speak about her work leading The Marshall Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. The Marshall Project is a journalism organization and does not advocate positions or policy prescriptions, but rather seeks to expose the systemic discrimination that distorts the criminal justice system. It does so by writing with care, fairness, and humanity about the people and systems within American criminal justice — those who commit crimes and those who are crime victims, people who are incarcerated and corrections officers. Chira will explore all of this and how in her work they strive to educate and enlarge the audience of people who care about the state of criminal justice.

Susan Chira is editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project. Chira worked for The New York Times from 1981 to 2019 as a reporter and editor, including posts as foreign editor and deputy executive editor, overseeing daily news coverage across The Times. As senior correspondent on gender issues, she was a member of the team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of sexual harassment.
"Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing" A Conversation with Paula Weiman-Kelman about her film and the Legacy of Rabbi Rachel Cowan
Sunday, April 25, 12pm Register Now
Paula Weiman-Kelman’s moving documentary, Dying Doesn’t Feel Like What I’m Doing, celebrates the life of Rachel Cowan—a beloved rabbi and influential mindfulness teacher, who is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Living each day fully, she turned dying into an opportunity to experience gratitude.

Paula will join us live from Israel for a conversation about the experience of filming this intimate portrait of Cowan’s final year, and an opportunity to reflect on Rachel Cowan, who played such an important part in sustaining Ansche Chesed.
A link to watch the documentary will be made available prior to this event for all registrants.

Paula Weiman-Kelman is veteran documentary filmmaker known for moving portraits of inspiring women. Her first film Rites of Passage was a portrait of the feisty Israeli feminist icon and peace activist Alice Shalvi. Twenty years later she revisited her subject in The Re-annotated Alice.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Podcasts* (*But Were Afraid To Ask) with Liel Leibovitz and Darone Ruskay
Thursday, April 29, 7pm Via Zoom
Technology, as they say, is always changing. We have gone from three television networks, to hundreds of channels, renting video tapes at our local store, to streaming our content from one of the many streaming options now available. And talk radio, well that has been replaced as well, by audio on demand in the form of Podcasts.

Join Ansche Chesed member Liel Leibovitz, host of the UnorthodoxPage One and Hebrew School podcasts from Tablet Magazine and Ansche Chesed Director of Programming, Darone Ruskay, creator of JCast Network, the first Jewish podcast network as they discuss the ins and outs of podcasts, what makes them interesting to the larger world, share their favorite podcasts, and answer questions for the podcast-curious.
Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: Salon
Connecting To My Shtetl
Monday, May 10, 7pm Via Zoom
Starting with her own mishpucha from Poland and Galicia, Barbara Sontz has been researching Jewish family histories since 1999. She travelled on paths that led her back in time to the 18th century and on present-day trips to Poland, Israel and Argentina. She has a special connection to her mother's birthplace in Ilza, Poland, where she visited and organized projects devoted to restoring the history of the town's former Jewish residents.

Barbara will share her journey with you.

A member of Ansche Chesed and the West Side Minyan, Barbara Sontz is a professional genealogist.

In a follow-up workshop, limited to 12 participants, she will guide you through how to connect with your shtetl. Click here for more information, and to register for the follow-up workshop

Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: Salon
The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible
Thursday, May 20, 7pm Via Zoom
Ansche Chesed is glad to welcome Dr. Rachel Havrelock to explore her book The Joshua Generation: Israeli Occupation and the Bible.

No biblical text has been more central to the politics of modern Israel than the book of Joshua. Named after a military leader who became the successor to Moses, it depicts the march of the ancient Israelites into Canaan, describing how they subjugated and massacred the indigenous peoples. The Joshua Generation examines the book's centrality to the Israeli occupation today, revealing why nationalist longing and social reality are tragically out of sync in the Promised Land.

Rachel Havrelock is associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of River Jordan: The Mythology of a Dividing Line and the coauthor of Women on the Biblical Road: Ruth, Naomi, and the Female Journey. She lives in Chicago.

Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: Salon
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
Psalm Of The Week
Tuesdays, 8:15am Via Zoom
Most of the Bible reads as God's communication to humanity, in messages delivered through prophets like the unique Moses and his successors, Isaiah, Jeremiah and the rest. But in the Book of Psalms, Israel turns toward heaven and pours out its praises, hopes, fears and laments.

Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky for a 30-minute Zoom study of one Psalm each Tuesday morning. 8:30am, to explore the human poetry that reveals our ancestors' spiritual life. (You don't have to join the 7:30 am morning service immediately before the class ... but it would be a terrific lead-in!)

Meeting ID: 933 006 171
Passcode: minyan
Shirei Chesed Community Chorus
Tuesdays, 7pm Via Zoom
Even in the Covid era, our Shirei Chesed Community Chorus will continue 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. In lieu of live performances, this semester we will focus our efforts this semester on growing our repertoire and musicianship, as well as recording a virtual choir project.

For more information please visit our website.

Other questions, or to schedule an audition, please email NHirschhorn@AnscheChesed.org

Meeting ID: 9830 7068 203
Passcode: 963608
Talmud Study With Rabbi Kalmanofsky:
Taking Responsibility and Fixing Mistakes
Wednesdays, 7pm Via Zoom
Jewish ethics require us to be responsible people — that we fix what we break, and pay for our crimes. This year we will study some of the Talmud’s lengthy examination of torts, the complicated economic damages people can cause. Bava Kamma chapter 9 examines the laws of robbery, fraud and the restitution those criminals must make.

The chapters we will be focusing on can be found in Bava Kamma Volume 3 in the Artscroll Schottenstein Edition or Volume 2, Series 24 in Koren/Steinsaltz edition.


Meeting ID: 872 9427 4347
Passcode: bavakamma
YOUTH AND FAMILY
Casting Call for Adon Olam-nikim - Calling all AC Kids!
One of the many things we miss during this era of virtual services are our Adon Olam-nikim - our adorable cadre of kids who lead Adon Olam at the end of Shabbat services each week. We would love to give YOUR child/ren a chance to shine on Zoom, and showcase their "Adon Olam" skills. All Adon Olam-nikim will receive a candy treat after their "service"! 

Learning Adon Olam for the first time, or need a refresher? Check out our "Karaoke Adon Olam" with Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, linked here
Transliteration: https://youtu.be/xp-GM9YqwH4

Rabbi Yael or Cantor Natasha are also available to review Adon Olam with any kids who are interested. Please reach out to Rabbi Yael to sign up for a Shabbat slot!
Ansche Chesed Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Mesibah 
Sunday, April 18, 11am-12pm on the AC Roof Register Here
For kids ages 4-9 and their families 
Shlomit Oren-Ross, an Israeli performative artist, will lead Ansche Chesed families through a fun Yom Ha’atzmaut Mesibah - a party for Israel’s 73rd birthday!

Shlomit will lead us in games, movement activities and an art project. The whole program will be in Hebrew and English.

Teen Class With Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Adina Beiner
Tuesdays, April 20, May 4 & 25, June 8, 5:15pm Via Zoom
AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Adina Beiner, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class on Tuesdays. Throughout the year we will be choosing meaningful and relevant topics to discuss and unpack as a group (with some time left for schmoozing as well!).
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Need Help Signing Up For A COVID-19 VACCINE?
While we all know the importance of getting the COVID Vaccine, many are finding the process of registering for the vaccine to be overly complicated. We are thrilled that community volunteers and our friends at DOROT have offered to help AC seniors navigate the challenging process of enrolling for a Covid vaccine on-line.

Please complete this form with your name, email and phone number, and the volunteers will reach out to you to get the information that they will need to help get you the vaccine as soon as they can.

Our volunteers will use their experience and energy to do their best to get you a "shot in the arm."

We're so grateful to our volunteers and community partners for their generosity of time and spirit! 
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
The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony
Tuesday, April 13, 1:30pm Register Now
Join hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in what is being called the biggest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history. We will gather to call for peace, freedom, and human rights for all. The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum, and we are proud that Ansche Chesed is an official sponsor this year.

Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is a solemn day on which Israelis remember those they have lost in the years of war and conflict. Traditionally, the Palestinian narrative is erased, leading both sides into deeper despair. By acknowledging the pain of those living on the other side, the Ceremony offers us all the choice to walk a new path: the path of respect, equality, freedom – and ultimately peace. In this time of immense anxiety and separation, the upcoming Joint Memorial Day Ceremony offers hope for a better future. 

Ansche Chesed Delegation at J Street's 2021 National Virtual Conference
Sunday, April 18 to Monday, April 19 Register Now
J Street’s 2021 National Virtual Conference is a major, landmark gathering for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, and the American Jewish community and pro-diplomacy progressives across the country. The entirely virtual format will showcase more diverse and innovative programming than ever before, including an adjacent programming element to enable congregational delegations to convene as a way of strengthening that community and enriching the experience. Ansche Chesed will have a delegation at the conference.

J Street just announced its first set of speakers: they include Senators, Members of Knesset, Palestinian leaders, Members of Congress, Academics, Jewish Communal Leaders. You can see a full list on the website

If you have additional questions about the Conference, please contact Ansche Chesed member, and head of the AC delegation, Jim Meier via eMail or call him at 646-247-2612. To register as part of the Ansche Chesed delegation and receive the 20% discount use the code AnscheChesed2021 when you register.
Get Covid-19 Exposure Alerts:
Add Your Phone, Stop The Spread
To stop the spread of COVID-19, New York needs each of us to do our part. One way you can help yourself and your community is by participating in our newly launched mobile contract tracing app COVID Alert NY.

Download the free app to your smartphone to receive an alert if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Apple: Download on the App Store
Google: Get it on Google Play
Chef's Table
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 menu.

Contact Bruce at (917)-868-7964 or his website for more information.
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.