WEEKLY NEWS
Parshat Terumah
February 20, 2021 / 8 Adar 5781
THIS SHABBAT
Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 5:30pm Via Zoom
Sanctuary Services: Saturday, 9:45am Via Zoom
Mishpacha Service: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom (Next Service March 13)
TeleTefila Services: Saturday, 10am Via Zoom
TeleTefilah Havdallah Saturday, 6:18pm Via Zoom
Candle Lighting: 5:18pm
Torah Reading: Terumah | Exodus 25:1 - 27:19 (26:1 - 26:30)
Haftara: 1 Samuel 15:2 - 34
Shabbat Ends: 6:18pm
THIS WEEK
The Un-Distancing Hour: Thursday, 5:30pm Via Zoom
High Risk: Stories We Don't Tell w/Chavi Karkowsky Thursday, 7pm Via Zoom
Shabbat Morning Study: Saturday, 8:45am Via Zoom
Meditation Monday Monday, 3pm Via Zoom
Psalm Of The Week Tuesday, 8:15am Via Zoom
Shirei Chesed WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Talmud Study With Rabbi Kalmanofsky Wednesday, 7pm Via Zoom
They Ain't Ready For Me: Film Discussion Wednesday, 7pm Register Here
PURIM
Virtual Purim Carnival: Sunday, February 21, 10:30am Via Zoom
Learn To Bake Hamentashen: Sunday, February 21, 5pm Via Zoom
Purim In Song with Cantor Hirschhorn Tuesday, 7pm Via Zoom
Mishloah Manot Pick-Up and In Person Purim Gathering (Weather permitting)
Thursday, February 25, 4:45-5:45pm 100th Street and West End Avenue
Ansche Chesed Celebrates Purim: A Virtual P.P.E (Purim Pandemonium Experience): Thursday, February 25, 6pm Via Zoom
Minyan M'at Full Megillah Reading Thursday, February 25, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Leil Purim - TeleMegillah II: Thursday, February 25, 6:30pm Via Zoom
Full Megillah Reading: Friday, February 26, 7:30am Minyan 8:10 Megillah Reading Via Zoom
Mishloah Manot Pick-Up and In Person Purim Gathering (Weather permitting) Friday, February 26, 12-1pm 100th Street and West End Avenue
ANNOUNCEMENT
Tax Letters
The Ansche Chesed office sent 2020 tax letters to all members in early February. If you did not receive your letter, please contact Josh Ashley in the Ansche Chesed offices and he will arrange to get another copy sent to you.
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, 5:30pm Via Zoom
Join us as we begin Shabbat with our traditional Kabbalat Shabbat and, now that Shabbat is beginning earlier, a full 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 5:30pm.


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 will recite prayers for healing during our morning services. Since most participants will be muted, you won't get to call out the name of those you have in mind. If you'd like to give Rabbi Kalmanofsky the name of an ailing friend or loved one, please email the names to him at RJK@AnscheChesed.org and include your relationship to the person you are praying for. When/if the person you've been praying for is doing better, please let us know, so we can joyfully remove them from this list!

We are grateful to the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) for making Siddur Lev Shalem and Parshat Terumah 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
Thank you to Shirei Chesed Community Chorus for adding harmonies to our Shabbat Shirah services.
UPCOMING SPECIAL PROGRAMS
High Risk: The Stories We Don't Tell, and What We Lose Because We Don't
Thursday, February 18, 7pm Via Zoom
In this book talk from high-risk ob doctor Chavi Eve Karkowsky, we'll discuss the stories we don't tell about our reproductive lives such as the origins of our families, of our bodies, and of the larger medical system - and what we lose because we don't.

Dr. Karkowsky completed medical school at Mount Sinai, her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the integrated program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and now works as a high risk obstetrics specialist in New York City. 

Chavi has written for the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and other publications. "High Risk: Stories of Pregnancy, Birth, and the Unexpected" (Liveright/Norton 2020) is her first book, and is available everywhere that books are sold. 

They Ain't Ready For Me: Film and Discussion with Brad Rothschild and Tamar Manasseh
Wednesday, February 24, 7pm
Register to receive the Zoom link and access to watch the film.
They Ain’t Ready for Me explores the complex identity and motivations of Tamar Manasseh, the African-American rabbinical student who is combating gun violence on the South Side of Chicago with magnetic, self-assured energy through her organization MASK -- Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings. This moving and timely documentary shows how Tamar's intersecting identities offer her a road map for addressing one of America’s most urgent crises.

Enjoy a virtual screening and then join us on Wednesday February 24th as we celebrate Black History month, for a conversation with filmmaker and Ansche Chesed member Brad Rothschild and Tamar Manasseh, to learn more about Tamar, her work MASK, and the experience that Brad and Tamar had making this important film.

PURIM
Mishloach Manot
Here’s how it will work: send Mishloach Manot to friends of your choice for $8/package; or send a Mishloach Manot package to the entire membership at a total of $450. A list of who donated to you will be emailed to you upon request. This is a vital fundraiser for the shul, so please help increase the joy this Adar!

Mishloach Manot may be picked up on Thursday, February 25 from 4:45-5:45pm (please note the new time), or on Friday, February 26 from 12-1pm on West End Avenue right outside Ansche Chesed. (If it’s too cold or precipitating, find us in the West End Avenue lobby --doors will be open for Covid safety).

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22. 
To participate in the campaign, click on the following link: Mishloach Manot

If you are unable to come pick up your mishloach manot yourself, please complete this form so that we can arrange to have them delivered to you.
Learn to Bake Hamentashen with La Newyorkina's Fany Gerson
Sunday, February 21, 5pm Via Zoom
It's time to get ready for Purim. Join La Newyorkina baker Fany Gerson as she teaches us her special twist on this Purim staple. Come ready to watch and learn as this professional baker measures and mixes, rolls out and shapes all while sharing how she infuses her recipes with her Mexican culture and background.

These are not going to be your bubbe's sweet treats.


Meeting ID: 878 4808 0648
Passcode: salon
Joy, Light, and (slightly burnt) Hamentashen: Purim in Song with Cantor Hirschhorn
Tuesdays, 7pm Via Zoom
Leave your worries behind, and join us for an hour of lighthearted Purim songs - some old, some new, some new to you. BYOH - bring your own hamantashen (and anything else you don't mind spilling on your keyboard).

Meeting ID: 9830 7068 203
Passcode: 963608
Mishloach Manot Pick-Up and In Person Purim Gatherings
Thursday, February 25th at 5pm and Friday, February 26th at 12:15pm
Weather permitting, during our Mishloach Manot pick up on Thursday and Friday, we invite you to join the Ansche Chesed community on our street (100th and West End Avenue) for a masked (both costume and protective), socially distanced, Purim experience including the reading of a portion of the megillah, some Purim songs, and unity as as community.
Minyan M'at Erev Purim Megillah Reading
Thursday, February 25th at 6:30pm Via Zoom
Join with the Minyan M'at community to celebrate Purim and hear a full reading of Megillat Esther.
Leil Purim: TeleMegillah II
Thursday, February 25th at 6:30pm Via Zoom
Megillah reading in the EVENING (a joint project of Minyan Rimonim and the West Side Minyan). There will be songsheets and SINGING!
 
Wear a costume! Bring snacks to “share”! Bring alcoholic beverages — you don’t have to worry about driving home! Be frailach! Nu?
 
Meeting ID: 896 1220 8109
Passcode: 403117
Morning Minyan and Full Megillah Reading
Friday, February 26, 7:30am (Megillah reading will being at 8:10am Via Zoom
Join us for our daily morning minyan, and stay for a full reading of the megillah at the end of the services.
Meeting ID: 933 006 171
Passcode: minyan
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 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
RETURNS NEXT TUESDAY, 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!
Mishpacha Services
Twice a Month via Zoom
March 13, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5
Babies, toddlers and preschool age kids and their families are invited to join Leilah for our Mishpacha Service, this Friday afternoon. Get ready for Shabbat with songs, puppets, movement -- and your friends from Ansche Chesed. 
Meeting ID: 634 698 822
Passcode: shabbat
Teen Class With Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Adina Beiner
Tuesdays, February 23, March 9 and 23 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!).
Project Aliyah Mitzvah Project Workshop
Sunday, March 7, 10:30-11:30am Register Here
As your family prepares for your upcoming celebration, there is a great opportunity to explore the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam- our obligation to repair the world. There is a tradition that B'nai Mitzvah students take on a mitzvah project in honor of their upcoming ceremony. Join us for this Project Aliyah workshop as we learn more about the mitzvot of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (charity), share resources and ideas for projects, and provide a space to begin or continue working on your family's own mitzvah project.
SOCIAL ACTION & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry
A few weeks ago, we sent you an e-mail explaining that an Ansche Chesed member was in profound need of a transplant to address her rapidly worsening leukemia. We urged you to find someone between 18 and 35 to register as a potential donor with the hopes that we would find a match.  

We're off to a good start, but we need to do more! A few minutes of your time can literally save a life.

More information is available here.
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
Yonina: See and Hear Jerusalem Like Never Before
Sunday, March 14, 11am Register Now
Join Ansche Chesed and UJA-Federation for a virtual musical tour of Jerusalem with Yonina, the Israel-American musical duo! On March 14th at 11am, we’ll hear a live acoustic performance, complemented by a very special musical journey to ancient Jerusalem filled with interesting and personal stories.

Stream Favorites From the New York Jewish Film Festival
For nearly 30 years, the Jewish Museum has partnered with Film at Lincoln Center to present the New York Jewish Film Festival — films from around the world that explore the Jewish experience. Now from your own home, enjoy our new series sharing favorites from past festivals available to stream online.

COVID Vaccine Resources
DOROT has created a wonderful resource on their website with information on how and where to find and make appointments to get the COVID vaccine, and/or find out if you are eligible.

Elections in Israel: 4th Time Around
Sunday, February 21, 12pm | Register Here
Jewish Pluralism Watch and The Masorti Movement invite you to hear from a panel of leading candidates for the 24th Knesset as we move towards this unprecedented fourth election. Topics discussed will include Israel-Diaspora relations, Religion and State, COVID and Israeli Society, as well as opportunities for questions from the audience.

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
DOROT Onsite at Home (previously On-site programs)
Dorot has made changes and moved all of our on-site programs onto a digital platform - these are now Zoom-based classes. 

To register and receive a weekly email of the upcoming classes, please send an email that includes your name and phone number to dorotprograms@dorotusa.org. For those seniors who don't have computers or technology (smartphone/tablet/cell) with cameras, you are welcome to participate in the Zoom programming by dialing in over the phone.
Weekly Pandemic Support Group
Mondays at 6:30pm
COVID19 has led to a significant amount of stress, and many people need a space of connection and support. The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS) is sponsoring a special support group to help those who are struggling, to get through the current pandemic. These Zoom sessions will be facilitated by Linda Jacobs, LMSW. Please contact Linda with any additional questions, concerns by email or at 914-980-2008.
Chef's Table
Chef's Table Kosher Catering has prepared gourmet foods, delivered to customers in New York City. These are be 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.
Join the Yaldaynu Community: 2021-22 Application Process Open
Yaldaynu Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year!  Yaldaynu is a child and family-centered school, defined by its warm and nurturing environment. We encourage intellectual, emotional, physical and social growth, and Yaldaynu parents are an integral part of this process. Our "neighborhood school" atmosphere promotes friendships between families that continue long after the children have moved on to other schools.  Check out our website to learn more: www.yaldaynu.org. Email office@yaldaynu.org to set up a Zoom meeting with our Director!
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.