Shabbat Toldot

November 18, 2023 / 5 Kislev 5784


Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 5:30pm in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel

Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am in the Sanctuary, on Zoom, or via Livestream

Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am in 5 North

Minyan Rimonim Hybrid Service: Saturday, 10am Shacharit on the 6th Floor or on Zoom

Mishpacha Service (Ages 0-4, with Parents): Saturday, 11am in 2 North

Yigdal Service (Ages 5-7, with Parents): Saturday, 11am in 2 South

Family Beit Midrash (4th and 5th Graders, with Parents): Saturday, 10:45am on the 4th Floor

TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 5:17pm on Zoom


Saturday, 9am: Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on ZoomClick here for the Source Sheet (updated Friday)

Saturday, 11am: Project Aliyah Family Parsha Study for Upcoming B'nai Mitzvah Families in the Multi-Purpose Room

Sunday, 10 - 11:30am: Intergenerational Mitzvah Knitting Group in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel

Tuesday, 7:30pm: Shirei Chesed Community Chorus Rehearsal in 5 North

Wednesday, 7pm: Wednesday Night Talmud in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom

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Mazel Tov to Gideon Gruenstein, his parents, Rebecca Roiphe and Benjamin Gruenstein, and his sister, Ella, on his bar mitzvah this Shabbat.


Join us in wishing comfort to Charlie Davidson, Jane Head, and their daughter, Alix, at the passing of Charlie's mother, Ann.

We also wish comfort to Zachary Edelstein and Marilyn Bell at the passing this week of their beloved son, Jeremy Ian.


Guess who's coming to Shabbat?

Friday, December 1

Our new program encourages individuals and families to break and share bread and conversations with new and long-standing friends during Shabbat. We hope to strengthen the bonds between us, the "People of Lovingkindness."

Click here for details and to sign up to participate!


If you are looking for ways to help or resources addressing the ongoing conflict, check the Israel page on our website.

We Have Come to Banish the Darkness: A Chanukah Concert and Communal Candlelighting

Thursday, December 7 at 7pm at Ansche Chesed

Join us to hear a concert by Cantorial students from the Conservative and Reform movements, as they raise their magnificent voices together to lift our spirits, banish the darkness and support our beloved Israel in time of great need. All donations will support Israel relief. Learn more and register


AC Intergenerational Mitzvah Knitting Group

Sunday, November 19 from 10 - 11:30 am in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel

Future Sessions on December 10 and January 21

Knitters needed! Experienced and new knitters of all ages welcome: bubbies, bring your grandkids; kids - bring your parents. 

For our next project, we will be making a small patchwork blanket for someone who is recovering from a stroke. People should knit or crochet a piece that is 6 inches by anything up to 30 inches - any color, any stitch. We will then fit them together and attach them. This will be the project for 11/19 -- and if you'd like to get a head start, please do. Please RSVP for 11/19 by emailing Emily.

Erev Shira with Minyan M'at

Sunday, December 3 at 6:30pm in 5 North


All are invited to join Minyan M'at's Social Ties Committee for an evening of Israeli songs to help us all come together in solidarity and heartbreak. The event is being co-sponsored by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Meital Waldmann, an accomplished jazz vocalist, will lead us in song. RSVP online


Shirei Shabbat with Hazzan Hirschhorn

Friday, December 1 at 5:30pm in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel

Join Hazzan Hirschhorn for an evening of song and prayer as we support and elevate the voice of our community with the help of Shirei Chesed singers.

Weekday Morning Minyan

Mondays - Fridays at 7:30am 

Sundays and Civil Holidays at 8:30am

In the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom

Meeting ID: 933 006 17 | Passcode: minyan

Please note that Morning Minyan will begin at 8:30am on Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving. It will begin as usual at 7:30am on Friday, November 24.

Join our WhatsApp group, which we'll post to when we need people.

New Format for the Mi She'Berakh 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. If you'd like us to keep davvening for your friends and family who are ill, please re-submit their names near the beginning of each English calendar month.


Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class

Saturdays, 9am in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom


Come before class at 8:45am for hot coffee and schmoozing! This class is dedicated to Rabbi Jules Harlow, a great teacher of Torah and Jewish liturgy. Click for this week's Source Sheet (updated Friday afternoons)

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus

Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm in 5 North

Shirei Chesed continues to build community through a rich repertoire of Jewish music, bringing harmony into a world that needs it more than ever. For more information, or to schedule an audition, email Hazzan Hirschhorn.

Wednesday Night Talmud

Wednesdays, 7pm in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom

Join us to study tractate Sanhedrin, chapter 4. This class is best in person -- so please come! Also available via Zoom (ID: 837 8598 8052 | Passcode: chesed)

Parsha Talk


Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and his buddies, Rabbis Barry Chesler and Eliot Malomet, for their weekly Parsha Talk. Watch the latest episode


Take a look at our 2023-2024 Family and Teen Programming Calendar.

Family Beit Midrash and Nosh -- 4th and 5th Graders

Saturday, November 18 from 10:45am - 12 pm on the 4th Floor

4th and 5th graders and their parents are invited to join our Shabbat Family Beit Midrash & Nosh! Come study this week's parsha and enjoy some nosh with friends old and new! Register here, walk-ins welcome!


Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance

ACRA has helped four families rebuild their lives in the US, and hopes to further extend our work. Learn more about our efforts, or reach out to get involved.

Support New York City's Migrants: A Day of Education, Service and Mobilization, with Temple Shaaray Tefila

Sunday, November 19 at Shaaray Tefila (250 E. 79th St.)

12:30-1:30pm: Hear from Ruth Messinger, Global Ambassador for American Jewish World Service, Congressman Dan Goldman (invited), State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, and Activist Power Malu about the current situation confronting asylum seekers in NYC

1:45-3:45pm: Sort donated clothing, pack shelf-stable food, make bagged lunches, and engage in other direct service and advocacy activities

2:30pm: Introductory training to help migrants obtain work permits led by Ark Immigration Clinic, CBST

4:00pm: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

More Info and Registration

They are also holding a Clothing Drive, also accepting some other items.

Share Joy and Warmth with Older Adults at DOROT's Thanksgiving Meal Delivery

Sunday, November 19 at DOROT (171 W. 85th St.) and Central Synagogue (123 W. 55th St.)

The holidays can leave older adults feeling isolated and alone -- volunteer to deliver a festive Thanksgiving meal and share a visit or friendly phone call with an older adult. More information and registration


Chef's Table Kosher Catering

Our longtime friend and kitchen tenant, Bruce Soffer of Chef's Table, offers catering menus for Shabbat and holidays, including a special Thanksgiving menu. Contact Bruce at 917-868-7964 or visit his website for more information.

Message from Our Israeli Friend and Former President, Martin Sinkoff: Help Israel Now

The war crisis has many dimensions - including imperiling important Israeli industries, like the vineyards. Agricultural workers are in reserves or left the country. Tourism is at a standstill. The wineries are barely hanging on. What can you do? Buy Blue and White. Please put a bottle of Israeli wine on your table tonight.  

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