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  • Friday
    Oct 19
    Refugee Shabbat: Shabbat Dinner
    Friday, Oct 19th 6:30p to 9:00p
    Hear Iraqi Refugee, Ahmed Badr, a 20-year old writer, social entrepreneur speaker - and former refugee, speak about his personal experience. On July 25th, 2006, Ahmed's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. He and his family relocated to Syria as refugees for two and a half years before receiving approval to move to the United States.

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  • Saturday
    Oct 20
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Oct 20th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Saturday
    Oct 20
    Tween Book Club: “Refugee”
    Shabbat, Oct 20th 12:45p to 2:00p
    As part of “Refugee Shabbat,” kids in Grades 5 through 8 are invited to our “AC Tween Book Club” to discuss the award winning book “Refugee” by Alan Gratz, facilitated by Rabbi Yael, and master educator and self-described “book nut” - Sheila Lewis.

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  • Saturday
    Oct 20
    National Refugee Shabbat Interfaith Havdallah
    Shabbat, Oct 20th 6:30p to 8:00p
    Several Churches in our neighborhood provide sanctuary to people facing immediate deportation. As part of National Refugee Shabbat, seven Upper West Side synagogues that are members of the Synagogue Coalition for the Refugee and Immigration Crisis are joining to host an Interfaith Havdallah. We’ll hear from SPSA Senior Pastor K Karpen about their work as a Sanctuary congregation and from Debora Barrios about her experience in sanctuary at the Church, and from Mark Hetfield the President and CEO of HIAS. We will join in song and hear from others about how we can support those in sanctuary in our own community. Hazzan Hirschhorn will lead Havdalah and inspire us with music. We’ll also hear from others about how we can support those in sanctuary and have time for refreshments and conversation with our neighbors.

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  • Sunday
    Oct 21
    Into Action!
    Sunday, Oct 21st 2:00p to 4:00p
    Get involved in helping asylum-seekers, other immigrants in detention and those recently released. You will learn about the detention system, which is run in secrecy and largely for-profit. We will focus on the work of First Friends of New Jersey and New York, which provides visitors and other support within immigration detention centers, helps detainees who have been released, and advocates for the end of that system.

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 24
    A Taste Of the Other Israel—Short Film Screening and Discussion
    Wednesday, Oct 24th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Join us for a screening of three thought-provoking short films from the Other Israel Film Festival. The festival presents films that take an in-depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies and minority populations in Israel. Watch, learn, and discuss topics important to Israel society today and make sure to join us for the festival from November 1-8 (more information available at: www.otherisrael.org). AT DAWN Dir. Omri Burstyn - 2015 - 19 min - Narrative Ali, an Arab in a group of radical Jewish activists, is put in danger due to his crush on Yael. DOMINO STREET Dir. Haim Barbi - 2017 - 16 min - Narrative The lives of the residents of Domino Street in Jaffa are entangled, and small decisions make their destinies become intertwined. SANTÉ Dir. Sabrine Khoury 2017 - 19 min - Narrative An Arab salsa dancer is in a relationship with a Jewish dancer. Together they attempt to perform in an Israeli settlement.

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  • Saturday
    Oct 27
    Boker Tov Tots
    Shabbat, Oct 27th 10:30a to 11:15a
    Babies, tots, preschool kids and their families are invited to join us for breakfast before the Mishpacha service. We'll provide the food. Kids can eat and play, and parents will have time to schmooze and get to know one another. Kids can come in their jammies, and loveys welcome too!

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  • Monday
    Oct 29
    Seven Sacred Steps: Demystifying Mikvah  
    Monday, Oct 29th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may be for you if you are going through a life transition -- such as marriage or divorce, illness or healing, infertility or pregnancy. This inaugural "Demystifying Mikvah" series will be open to women. If you are not a woman and are interested in this class - please contact Rabbi Yael so we can plan for the future.

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  • Friday
    Nov 2
    Pre-Election Shabbat: What To Expect On Tuesday?
    Friday, Nov 2nd 6:30p to 9:00p
    The 2018 mid-term elections promise to be an important moment in our country. Will turn-out by the Democrats change the tide in Congress, or will the Republicans strong-hold remain? Join the Ansche Chesed community on the Shabbat before election night when we will hear about what the results of the election mean for our community, our city, and our country.

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  • Sunday
    Nov 4
    Doing Good As A Family
    Sunday, Nov 4th 4:00p to 5:30p
    It is never too early to introduce children to the importance of giving back to the community. Parents will have an opportunity to hear from Natalie Silverstein, New York Coordinator of Doing Good Together (a "national nonprofit that works to make volunteering and service, along with daily kindness, easy for every family"), and author of the forthcoming book, The Busy Family's Guide to Giving Back. Children will learn about tzedakah and participate in related age-appropriate community service activities.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 6
    Israeli Fiction Book Club
    Tuesday, Nov 6th 8:00p to 9:30p
    Join us monthly for Ansche Chesed’s first book club. This year, member Jeremy Caplan will lead a book club focusing on Israeli fiction, covering a range of contemporary and classic Israeli writers including Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, S.Y. Agnon, Meir Shalev and more. This group will gather to discuss the books, and get to know one another in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

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  • Saturday
    Nov 10
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Nov 10th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Sunday
    Nov 11
    Global Citizenship: A Trans-Atlantic Conversation
    Sunday, Nov 11th 10:30a to 12:30p
    With so much going on in America, we forget that we are members of a global citizenship. What happens internationally, affects us as well. Now that we are on the other side of the mid-term elections, join Ansche Chesed for a Trans-Atlantic conversation. Join Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg to learn more about the state of European Jewry. Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg is a Masorti rabbi, the Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK. He is a leading writer and thinker on Judaism. He is Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue, with approximately 2400 members. He is also a member of the Elijah Interfaith Institute Board of World Religious Leaders.

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  • Tuesday
    Nov 13
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Nov 13th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Monday
    Nov 19
    Seven Sacred Steps: Demystifying Mikvah  
    Monday, Nov 19th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may be for you if you are going through a life transition -- such as marriage or divorce, illness or healing, infertility or pregnancy. This inaugural "Demystifying Mikvah" series will be open to women. If you are not a woman and are interested in this class - please contact Rabbi Yael so we can plan for the future.

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  • Friday
    Nov 30
    Tamar Manasseh: A Mom On A Mission
    Friday, Nov 30th 7:30p to 10:00p
    How do you combat violence in your streets? Do you need to be a trained organizer in order to create change? Tamar Manasseh says "No." Her response is to take a seat and give out hugs. Since 2015, when she founded MASK (Mothers AND Men Against Senseless Killings) in Chicago, she has worked to put eyes on the streets, interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies. She, along with a group of caring individuals in the community, began to simply hang out on the block, cook food, and emanate love. Come join us for a Shabbat Dinner where we will have the opportunity to hear Tamar's story (MASK is only one component of it) and learn how to make change by doing.

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  • Saturday
    Dec 1
    "Yes You Can!" Workshops for Jewish Living
    Shabbat, Dec 1st 5:00p to 7:00p
    Every mitzvah you perform can be a poetic and spiritual moment for you, your friends and family, and community. Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky, Rabbi Hammerman, and Hazzan Hirschhorn for a series of ritual workshops throughout the year to expand your repertoire of the mitzvot you feel comfortable performing at home and in synagogue. A great way to learn how to make kiddush and havdalah, wear tallit and tefillin, enrich your seder, lift the Torah, shake the lulav, and more.

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  • Monday
    Dec 10
    Seven Sacred Steps: Demystifying Mikvah  
    Monday, Dec 10th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may be for you if you are going through a life transition -- such as marriage or divorce, illness or healing, infertility or pregnancy. This inaugural "Demystifying Mikvah" series will be open to women. If you are not a woman and are interested in this class - please contact Rabbi Yael so we can plan for the future.

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 11
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Dec 11th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Tuesday
    Dec 11
    Israeli Fiction Book Club
    Tuesday, Dec 11th 8:00p to 9:30p
    Join us monthly for Ansche Chesed’s first book club. This year, member Jeremy Caplan will lead a book club focusing on Israeli fiction, covering a range of contemporary and classic Israeli writers including Amos Oz, Etgar Keret, S.Y. Agnon, Meir Shalev and more. This group will gather to discuss the books, and get to know one another in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

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  • Thursday
    Dec 13
    Israeli TV is the New Black: Moshe Zonder on Fauda
    Thursday, Dec 13th 7:00p to 9:00p
    Nothing is hotter in American Television than… Israeli Television. The trend, that began with BeTipul (In Treatment) and Prisoners of War (Homeland), and was followed by HaTufim and Srugim, also gave us Fauda. Come join the Ansche Chesed community as we hear Moshe Zonder, Head Writer of Fauda, as he shares with us the background of the show, and why he thinks Israeli television is the new trend in must-see TV.

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  • Saturday
    Dec 15
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Dec 15th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Monday
    Dec 17
    Seven Sacred Steps: Demystifying Mikvah  
    Monday, Dec 17th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Join Rabbi Yael for a deep dive into the ancient ritual of mikvah. We will demystify this mysterious Jewish space by exploring traditional and contemporary, creative uses of mikvah. How can mikvah be used as a ritual for healing, or to mark the passage of time and life transitions? This class may be for you if you are curious about mikvah, or if you want to experience mikvah for the first time with a supportive community. Or, this class may be for you if you are going through a life transition -- such as marriage or divorce, illness or healing, infertility or pregnancy. This inaugural "Demystifying Mikvah" series will be open to women. If you are not a woman and are interested in this class - please contact Rabbi Yael so we can plan for the future.

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 8
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Jan 8th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Saturday
    Jan 12
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Jan 12th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Saturday
    Jan 26
    "Yes You Can!" Workshops for Jewish Living
    Shabbat, Jan 26th 10:00a to 12:00p
    Every mitzvah you perform can be a poetic and spiritual moment for you, your friends and family, and community. Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky, Rabbi Hammerman, and Hazzan Hirschhorn for a series of ritual workshops throughout the year to expand your repertoire of the mitzvot you feel comfortable performing at home and in synagogue. A great way to learn how to make kiddush and havdalah, wear tallit and tefillin, enrich your seder, lift the Torah, shake the lulav, and more.

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  • Saturday
    Feb 9
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Feb 9th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Tuesday
    Feb 12
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Feb 12th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Saturday
    Mar 9
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Mar 9th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Tuesday
    Mar 12
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Mar 12th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Saturday
    Apr 6
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, Apr 6th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Tuesday
    Apr 9
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Apr 9th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Saturday
    May 11
    AC Hebrew Playgroup
    Shabbat, May 11th 10:15a to 11:00a
    Our Playgroup is an introduction to modern Hebrew through games, songs, movement, stories and other activities, in a Shabbat-observant environment. Children should be able to be in the playgroup independently.

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  • Tuesday
    May 14
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, May 14th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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  • Tuesday
    Jun 11
    Responsa for the 21st Century: Early Morning Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky
    Tuesday, Jun 11th 8:15a to 9:00a
    The tradition of Jewish wisdom stretches back millennia, to times and places unimaginably different from our own. Sometimes we can apply ancient wisdom to modern problems, and sometimes that's not so easy. Each month we will study modern rabbinic attempts —mostly heterodox, sometimes more traditional — to answer today's questions, in areas like medical, social, economic, and political ethics.

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Wed, October 17 2018 8 Cheshvan 5779