Shabbat Yitro

February 3, 2024 / 24 Shevat 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

TeleTefila Service: Saturday, 9:40am P'sukei D'zimra, 10am Shacharit on Zoom

Yoga Tefillah for Young Families (Ages 3-9, with Parents): Saturday, 11am in 2 South (in place of Mishpacha and Yigdal Services)

Big Kids Service (Ages 8-12, Kids Only): Saturday, 11am in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel

TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 5:57pm 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, 6:30 - 8pm: Refugee Shabbat Interfaith Havdallah at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (263 W. 86th St.)

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

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

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Mazel Tov to Beatrice Chanoine, her parents, Hannah and Jean-Marie, and her sister, Abigail, on her Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat.


Join us in mourning Jonathan Marx, and wishing comfort to his parents, Amy and Tom Marx, his sisters, Hallie and Rachel, and his much-beloved daughter, Stella.

Please also join us in wishing comfort to Ken Gorfinkle, Doris Ullendorff, and their children, Gabriel, Naomi, with her husband Elan, and kids Ari Keshet and Yonah, and Margot, with her boyfriend Matt, at the passing of Ken's mother, Lorraine.

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Refugee Shabbat Havdalah: An Interfaith Gathering of Support

Saturday, February 3 from at 6:30 - 8pm at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew (263 W. 86th St.)

Join your neighbors for a Refugee Shabbat Havdalah. Alongside interfaith partners and the Synagogue Coalition on Refugee and Immigration Crisis, participants will hear from elected officials and insightful speakers, including NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, HIAS NY’s Vice President of Community Engagement Merrill Zack, and social justice consultant. Ruth Messinger. Learn more or get a livestream link

This event is part of HIAS' annual Refugee Shabbat—an initiative inviting members of Jewish and other faith communities to express solidarity and support for refugees, asylum seekers, and anyone who has been forcibly displaced from their home country, and an opportunity to step back, reflect, and celebrate the work we have already done.

To support newly arrived asylum seekers as they navigate New York City for the first time, please consider bringing prepaid metro cards (with enough value for four rides or more); these will be distributed during the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew’s upcoming weekly resource fair. 

This event is co-sponsored by Ansche Chesed, B’nai Jeshurun, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church, SAJ and the Synagogue Coalition on the Refugee and Immigration Crisis.

Celebratory Kiddush

Shabbat, February 10

Please consider marking a birthday, anniversary, yahrzeit or other occasion by sponsoring kiddush on February 10th. We’re asking sponsors to make a donation of at least $50 to join in the celebration. This is also an opportunity to acknowledge a fellow AC member or to show your appreciation to our clergy and staff. Questions? Contact

Tour of the Stephane Mandelbaum Exhibition at The Drawing Center

Sunday, February 11 at 11am

AC member and writer (New Yorker, Vogue, NYTimes) Leslie Camhi will give us a private tour of this stunning exhibition of large-scale drawings by Belgian artist Stephane Mandelbaum (1961-1986) based on a recent exhibition at the Pompidou. Camhi, who wrote the exhibition catalogue, will illuminate the collection, and The Drawing Center will welcome AC members for refreshments, conversation, and an intimate viewing of the drawings. Limited to 25 people, admission $15. Learn more and register

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Christian Nationalism in America Today: Joint-Kiddush and Conversation

Shabbat, February 24

All are welcome to join us for shul-wide Kiddush after services to hear AC member Prof. Marcia Pally, author of the new book White Evangelicals and Right-Wing Populism: How Did We Get Here? Going beyond headlines and polling, we'll discuss the big picture and the deep picture: why is right-wing populism so forceful in America? Are white evangelicals in Trump's "base" voting against their best interests? Why do they think Trump is in their best interests? 

We'll provide a light lunch, you bring fruit or dessert to share! Learn more and RSVP


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

Yoga Tefillah for Young Families

Saturday, February 3 at 11am in 2 South

Geared at kids ages 3 - 9 and their families

Exhale and stretch during Yoga Tefilah for Young Families with AC member + yoga teacher Ellen Braitman and Mishpacha leader Leilah Rosen. Move, breath and relax as you embrace Shabbat Shal-ommm. Bring a yoga mat or towel, and wear clothing you can move in. Registration appreciated, walk-ins welcome!.


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


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

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

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

Mi She'Berakh List

We invite you to add the names of your dear ones to our Misheberakh List. 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.


Ansche Chesed Refugee Assistance

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


What Matters: Group Conversation About End-of-Life Care with DOROT

Wednesday, February 21 from 2:30-4pm via Zoom

Join DOROT’s Synagogue Partnership Program for a group presentation to learn more about advance care planning, choosing an agent to speak for you if you're unable to speak for yourself, completing or updating an advance directive and having "the conversation" with the important people in your life. Learn more and register


Playwriting Workshop -- From Helene Weintraub

Join a monthly playwriting workshop for teens and adults with Jewish Playwright Helene Weintraub, known for The Candlesticks and awarded for Picture Girl. Explore the art of playwriting for $25 per one-hour virtual session - first meeting date TBD. Contact Helene by email or via her website.

Seeking Apartment in February-- From Judith Edelstein

An older couple, friends of ours, are looking for a place to rent any three to five consecutive days between 2/18-2/26 or all week. Please contact Judith Edelstein if you have any leads.

Looking for Apartment in March -- From Diane Schoer

Family visiting from West Coast (adult couple and 18-year-old daughter) from March 10-15 seeking Manhattan apartment to rent. Contact Diane Schoer, 917-519-0859, if you know of availability.

Members may email us Shuk postings, sending a brief blurb including a member's contact info. Must be received by Tuesday at 3pm. Posts run for two weeks.



Bena Medjuck-Bruckner & Gustavo Bruckner, in memory of Vivian Awner

Laura & Sidney Cahn, in honor of Madeleine Cahn, with thanks for welcoming us on Shabbat

Edith Cohen, in memory of her mother, Sarah Cohen

Elana Gershen & Joshua Finkelstein, in honor of Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky

Jane & Michael Gavronsky

Harriet Geller

David Golden, in appreciation of the honor of opening the ark on Shabbat Shemot

Lilly Kaufman

Kathy Kendall, in memory of Gil Israeli's mother, Ziva Israeli

Anne Koenig

Sara Krulwich

Gila Lipton, in honor of Scott Fine

Chana Neumann

Susan & Vanderlei Pereira, with thanks for continuing to livestream services

Johanna Perlmutter

Barbara Presley Noble, in memory of Daniel Cohen

Ellen Tucker & Alan Rosenstein

Lori Skopp & Michael Schmidt, in honor of Artie Dean, Judy Margolin, Ann Wimpfheimer, and Sandra Bergman on their special birthdays; Jerry Chanes on publishing his new book; Marlene Stulbach and Nathan Schleifer, Claudia Setzer and Michael Greenwald, Sandra Edelman and Burt Visotzky, and Janet Heettner and Peter Silverman on the birth of grandchildren; Elaine Morris, Elisheva Urbas, and David Morris on the engagement of Avital Morris to Ricki Heicklen; Sheryl Reich on the completion of her term on Minyan M'at's Troika; Ellen Braitman on becoming Chair of the Hebrew Free Loan Society; Esther Altmann and Richard Cantor in honor of the engagement of Emmanuel Altmann Cantor to Shira Zilberstein; and Marcia Pally on her new book

Marcia Talmage Schneider & Fred Schneider, in honor of Sandra Bergman and Nahma Sandrow

Diane & Allen Schoer

Helen Singer & Michael Skliar

Meg & Warren Soiffer

Sylvia Weber, in memory of her mother, Jennie Fine Lang, Tcharna bat Chaya Golda v' Shmuel

Barbara & Irving Weissman, in honor of Juliet and Matthew Weissman's 20th wedding anniversary

The West Side Minyan, in honor of the recent marriage of Mariana Goldstein, daughter of the West Side Minyan's member, Marge Goldstein, to Rabbi Michael Billet; and the recent birth of Micah Henry Rothfeld, son of Avi and Stefanie Rothfeld, grandson of the West Side Minyan's members Carol and Neil Rothfeld

Laurie Dien & Alan Yaillen, in memory of Foster Padway

Eleonore & Anthony Zak


Cecile & Gurval Caer

Faith Coleman

Leslie & Tom Freudenheim

Amy Stone & Edward Krowitz

Charles Kummel, in honor of Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky

Adam Pollack

William Zukof, for Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky's Shabbat morning Parsha Class


Dina Rosenfeld & Howard Berkowitz, in memory of Dina's mother, Rosa Rosenfeld

Carol Ingall & Stephan Brumberg, in memory of Stephan's wife, Pamela Brumberg, his mother, Ruth Brumberg, and his grandfather, Max Yager

Helane Rosenberg & Yakov Epstein, in memory of Yakov's cousin, Arlene Makowsky

Roberta Koenigsberg & Joseph Giovannelli, in memory of Roberta's parents, Rae and Harry Koenigsberg

Gail Glickman, in memory of Lolly Glickman

Martha & Charles Graybow, in memory of Martha's father, Paul Slud

Debra & Martin Greenberg, in memory of Debra's father, Martin Feldman, and Martin's father, Solomon Greenberg

Sigrid Hess, in memory of her father, Fred Hess

Cecile Kuznitz, in memory of her beloved father, Isidore Kuznitz

Gila Lipton, in memory of her husband, Ed Lipton

Anne Mintz, in memory of her father, Kalman Mintz

Barbara Rothschild, in memory of her husband, John Rothschild

Michele Siegel, in memory of her cousin, Laura Rosenthal, and her mother, Norma P. Siegel

Robin Forman & Hugh Smyser, in memory of Robin's father, Yona ben Nissen v'Dvorah

Diana Stevens, in memory of her father, Paul Fisher

Mara Heiman & Andrew Sunshine, in memory of Andrew's father, Bernard Sunshine

Rona Wexler, in memory of her son, Stuart Fixler

Hannah Sholl & Ralph Wolf, in memory of Gerald Wolf, from your daughter-in-law, Hannah Sholl, your grandchildren, Caleb, Ruby, and Lena, and of course your son, Ralph


Anne Koenig

Elizabeth Moskatel & Avram Sand


Isaac Adlerstein, in honor of Helene Weintraub’s Hebrew birthday!

Terry Abramson & Michael Bar, in honor of the 3rd Yarztheit of Zeta Bar, mother of Michael Bar. Zeta was a Jewish community builder serving various leadership roles over 60 years at her shul in Los Angeles

Adena Abramson & Stephen Burdman, in honor of Joel Feuer

Suzanne Cavalier, in honor of Joel Feuer for his work checking and repairing the Sanctuary's chumashim, and his untiring efforts in keeping the Sanctuary service running smoothly every week. Thank you.

Susan Charney, in memory of Herbert Charney

Vivian Mamelak & Alain Demers, in honor of Joel Feuer repairing the chumashim

Helane Rosenberg & Yakov Epstein, celebrating Martin Green for the countless wonderful contributions he has made to Ansche Chesed

Avital & Stanley Etra

Joel Feuer, in honor of his father's recovery

Sharon Meiri Fox & Ari Fox, in honor of our wonderful clergy

Janet Leuchter & Hal Glicksman, in memory of Janet's parents, Ben Zion and Magda Leuchter

Patty & Seth Goldman, in recognition of Joel Feuer’s work repairing the Sanctuary chumashim

Valerie Wald & Jeremy Goldman

Nancy Greenbaum, in recognition of Joel Feuer's work in repairing chumashim

Rebecca Reitz & Sidney Gribetz, in honor of the warmth and vitality of our clergy and all involved members of our community kahal

Celia Reiss & David Israel, in honor of Tu B'Shevat, and of the 27th yahrzeit of David's mother, Lea Israel

Jennifer Rosenberg & Gil Israeli, in recognition of Joel Feuer's work repairing the Sanctuary chumashim

Deborah Kaufmann, in honor of her bat mitzvah parsha, Bo

Joni Greenspan & Dan Lenchner

Dawn Kellman & David Lock, in recognition of Joel Feuer's work repairing the Sanctuary chumashim

Richard Loebl, in memory of Julia Mannaberg Loebl and Walter Loebl

Joyce & Martin Mann, in memory of Martin's mother, Fanny Mann

Amy & Tom Marx, in honor of Amy's 65th birthday

Judith Edelstein & Jim Meier, in honor of AC's clergy and administrative staff

Linda Messing, in honor of the marriage of Yoni Messing and Mara Shapiro in Maine last fall

Sandra Novick, in honor of Sheila and Sheldon Lewis

Lisa Maller & Rich Ocken, in honor of Dawn Kellman

Julie Sissman & Phil Richter

Sara Ruderman, celebrating Ansche Chesed

Ruth & Ira Salzman, in honor of Joel Feuer and Steve Gross

Ricki & Jeff Segall, in honor of their 60th anniversary

Roberta & Paul Shapiro, in memory of Roberta's father, Julius Kupietz

Amy Shapiro-Kessler, with thanks to everyone at Ansche Chesed for such a warm welcome!

Barbie & Alex Silverman

Larry Warmflash, in memory of Sharon Kass

Juliet & Matthew Weissman, recognizing Joel Feuer’s extraordinary work repairing the Sanctuary chumashim!

Laura Esther Wolfson, in appreciation of Rabbi Jeremy, Rabbi Yael, and Cantor Natasha

Judi Zyroff



Joyce & Martin Mann, in memory of Martin's mother, Fanny Mann

Despite our best efforts and extensive proofreading, we apologize for any errors or omissions.