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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  25 , 2020
    Hearing Women's Voices From the Shoah
    Shabbat, Jan 25th 5:48p to 7:30p
    Beginning with a performance of an excerpt of the play, Etty, adapted from the diaries of Dutch writer, Etty Hillesum and a look together at excerpts from Hillesum's and other testimonies, we can begin to uncover what women experienced under German occupation. Join us to think about how gender, age and family context shaped women's lives in flight, ghettos, concentration and death camps and in hiding. Our conversation will include talking about the process of performing Etty before so many different audiences, including high security prisons, and people disconnected from Holocaust history.

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  25 , 2020
    ACHS Kitah Alef Family Havdalah Program
    Motzei Shabbat, Jan 25th 6:00p to 7:15p
    One of the highlights of Kitah Alef is the focus on the Saturday night Havdalah service - which ends Shabbat and moves us into the new week. Over the next few weeks, the students will create their own Havdalah sets and learn the accompanying Havdalah blessings. Families are invited to participate in a special Havdalah program to celebrate the students' learning. We will conclude our celebration with a light pizza dinner.

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  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  26 , 2020
    "Leil" Shira: An Afternoon Of Israeli Song
    Sunday, Jan 26th 3:00p to 6:00p
    Join Dr. Shuly Rubin Schwartz and Eric Fishman, family, and friends for a warm and joyous musical get together to sing through as many beloved Israeli songs as we can! With Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn and the members of Shirei Chesed Community Chorus (funded by the generous support of the Rabbi Gershon Schwartz Memorial Fund).  Light refreshments will be served.

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  • Monday ,
    JanJanuary  27 , 2020
    Levana: A Rosh Chodesh Group for Women
    Monday, Jan 27th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Welcome the new Hebrew month with Levana – AC’s new Rosh Chodesh group for those who identify as women. Come for community, conversation, and a cup of tea. Bring old friends or make new ones, as we learn about and from each other. Gatherings are member-led and supported by our female clergy, Rabbi Yael and Hazzan Natasha. Open to AC members and non-members at any age and stage. RSVP appreciated, but walk-ins welcome.

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  1 , 2020
    3rd-5th Grade Night Out
    Motzei Shabbat, Feb 1st 6:15p to 8:15p
    Warm up your wrists, it's time for a kids' night out! Students in grades 3-5 are invited to Ansche Chesed for pizza and havdalah, followed by a private table tennis party at Wang Chen's. Pick up and drop off at Ansche Chesed.

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  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  2 , 2020
    Project Aliyah Tallit and Tefillin Workshop
    Sunday, Feb 2nd 10:00a to 11:15a
    Wherever you are in the b'nai mitzvah prep process, you will have the opportunity to explore the origins of the mitzvot of tallit and tefillin, practice putting them on, and discuss what they mean as a B'nai Mitzvah, all with guidance from Sam and other clergy!

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  4 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, Feb 4th 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  8 , 2020
    Havdalah Service and Sandwich-Making
    Shabbat, Feb 8th 6:00p to 7:30p

    Adults and children will gather at Ansche Chesed for a joyful Havdalah service led by our youth leaders. We'll then work together to prepare sandwiches and assemble meal packages for people in our neighborhood who are hungry and homeless.

    We will buy most of the supplies, but we would like to request that attendees who can do so contribute $10 per person (or $25 per family) to help defray the costs. (If you cannot attend but would like to make a donation in support of this program, it would be very much appreciated. To do so, please go to the bottom of this form and enter your donation in the "Additional Donation" field.)

    All ages are welcome. We ask that younger children be supervised by their adult during the food preparation.

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  11 , 2020
    Neim Zemirot Israel: Great Poems from the Hebrew Bookshelf
    Tuesday, Feb 11th 8:15a to 9:00a
    Judaism is not just rules and values. It is also great literary art. Please join us each month to study some of the most soaring songs of Jewish tradition, from ancient biblical writers to Medieval and modern poets. We'll read the words of King David, Judah HaLevi, Rachel, Amichai and Gouri.

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  • Thursday ,
    FebFebruary  13 , 2020
    Ansche Chesed Reads Antisemitism: Here and Now
    Thursday, Feb 13th 7:00p to 8:30p
    Through a deep read of Deborah Lipstadt’s book Antisemitism: Here and Now Rabbi Kalmanofsky will explore the uptick in antisemitism across the globe and consider where it comes from and how we should respond.

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  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  14 , 2020
    Shabbat in Love and Harmony - Annual Dinner with Zemirot
    Friday, Feb 14th 5:30p to 9:00p
    This Friday night, coinciding with the secular holiday celebrating romantic love, we will sing many of the love songs our tradition associates with the welcoming of Shabbat.

    Join Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn in spirited congregational singing of the beloved Friday night service melodies enhanced by the rich harmonies provided by the Shirei Chesed Community Chorus at Ansche Chesed. Stay for dinner with friends and raise the roof with soulful and rousing sounds of Zemirot and Niggunim, celebrating love and Shabbat!

    With sufficient registration of our younger members, the gym be open for supervised play.

    Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and song.

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  18 , 2020
    Israeli Fiction Book Club
    Tuesday, Feb 18th 8:00p to 9:30p
    Join us bi-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 Eshkol Nevo, Etgar Keret, Lea Goldberg and others. This group will gather to discuss the books, and get to know one another in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

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  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  21 , 2020
    The Accidental Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater
    Friday, Feb 21st 5:30p to 9:00p

    As part of our weekend focusing on the American Jewish Theater experience, join us for Shabbat Dinner and to hear from Ansche Chesed member, and Senior Scholar at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Alyssa Quint for a talk entitled "The Accidental Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater".

    As the history books tell us, the modern Yiddish theater was founded in Iasi  Romania in 1876 by Avrom Goldfaden who drew on an energetic tradition of shtetl-bound folk performance.

    Indeed, this narrative explains some of this cultural milestone. What other historical factors gave rise to the modern Yiddish theater? Who was Avrom Goldfaden?

    And why was a historical accident crucial to the Yiddish theater’s rise?

    Alyssa Quint, Senior Scholar at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and author of The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater (Indiana 2019), just named a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

    Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and the program.

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  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  23 , 2020
    The Ancient Law: A Cine-Concert, with Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin
    Sunday, Feb 23rd 3:00p to 6:00p

    As part of our weekend focusing on the American Jewish Theater experience, please join us for The Ancient Law: A Cine-Concert, with Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin With an original live score composed and performed by renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and silent film music legend, pianist Donald Sosin.

    Director E.A. DuPont’s 1923 silent film, The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz) is about a rabbi’s son who runs away to become an actor and is disowned by his father. Digitally restored in 2017, it paints a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity, and is an outstanding example of the creativity of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany.

    Alicia Svigals (violinist and composer) is the world's leading klezmer violinist and a founder of the Klezmatics. She has performed with and written for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, Debbie Friedman, Osvaldo Golijov, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, filmmaker Judith Helfand, poet Allen Ginsberg and many others. Her live silent film scoring projects, the award-winning The Yellow Ticket and her new score, The Ancient Law (co-composed with Donald Sosin) are touring the world to acclaim. Her CD Fidl (1996) reawakened klezmer fiddle tradition. Her newest CD is Beregovski Suite: Klezmer Reimagined, with jazz pianist Uli Geissendoerfer - an original take on long-lost Jewish music from Ukraine.

    Donald Sosin (pianist and composer) has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center, and major film festivals in the US and abroad, including the Denver Silent Film Festival where he was recognized with a lifetime achievement award. He records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and TCM.He created piano improvisations for Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and has written for network television and radio.  His one-act opera for families, Esther, was performed at the National Yiddish Book Center. Other Jewish music includes a short children's opera, A Parakeet Named Dreidel, Yiddish folk song arrangements, and Three Psalms, premiered in 2009 by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Tuesday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, Feb 25th 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  3 , 2020
    Neim Zemirot Israel: Great Poems from the Hebrew Bookshelf
    Tuesday, Mar 3rd 8:15a to 9:00a
    Judaism is not just rules and values. It is also great literary art. Please join us each month to study some of the most soaring songs of Jewish tradition, from ancient biblical writers to Medieval and modern poets. We'll read the words of King David, Judah HaLevi, Rachel, Amichai and Gouri.

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  • Thursday ,
    MarMarch  12 , 2020
    Ansche Chesed Reads Antisemitism: Here and Now
    Thursday, Mar 12th 7:00p to 8:30p
    Through a deep read of Deborah Lipstadt’s book Antisemitism: Here and Now Rabbi Kalmanofsky will explore the uptick in antisemitism across the globe and consider where it comes from and how we should respond.

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  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  17 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, Mar 17th 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Wednesday ,
    MarMarch  25 , 2020
    Levana: A Rosh Chodesh Group for Women
    Wednesday, Mar 25th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Welcome the new Hebrew month with Levana – AC’s new Rosh Chodesh group for those who identify as women. Come for community, conversation, and a cup of tea. Bring old friends or make new ones, as we learn about and from each other. Gatherings are member-led and supported by our female clergy, Rabbi Yael and Hazzan Natasha. Open to AC members and non-members at any age and stage. RSVP appreciated, but walk-ins welcome.

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  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  28 , 2020
    Game On!
    Motzei Shabbat, Mar 28th 8:30p to 11:00p
    An evening of games and snacks and friendly (or fierce!) competition. Board games, card games, bring your own, or try something new. Challenge your old friends, make some new friends, and let the games begin!

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  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  29 , 2020
    Habitat For Humanity Birdhouse Build
    Sunday, Mar 29th 5:00p to 6:30p
    Join us for a family experience as we join together to build birdhouses (which you can take home) and learn about the important issue of housing insecurity, and the important work of Habitat for Humanity.

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  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  31 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, Mar 31st 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Sunday ,
    AprApril  19 , 2020
    A Riverside Park Garden Party
    Sunday, Apr 19th 10:00a to 1:00p
    Come out and enjoy a beautiful spring day with other members of the AC community and help us take care of our park! Everyone welcome. Children under age 10 must be closely supervised. We will be working at the 105th Street Ballfields in Riverisde Park. We will meet Across from the 105th Street Dog Run.

    ACTIVITY: Volunteers will be helping with projects near the ballfields, raking leaves, weeding the planter boxes, etc.

    DIRECTIONS: Enter Riverside Park at either 108th Street or 103rd street.

    ATTIRE: Dress comfortable and be prepared to get dirty!  Best to remove jewelry, wear hair tied back, closed toe work shoes required. Do not bring additional bags, as there is really no place to store belongings.

     A wonderful opportunity to see friends and make new ones as we take care of this valuable part of our larger community.

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  • Tuesday ,
    AprApril  21 , 2020
    Neim Zemirot Israel: Great Poems from the Hebrew Bookshelf
    Tuesday, Apr 21st 8:15a to 9:00a
    Judaism is not just rules and values. It is also great literary art. Please join us each month to study some of the most soaring songs of Jewish tradition, from ancient biblical writers to Medieval and modern poets. We'll read the words of King David, Judah HaLevi, Rachel, Amichai and Gouri.

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  • Tuesday ,
    AprApril  21 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, Apr 21st 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Tuesday ,
    AprApril  28 , 2020
    Israeli Fiction Book Club
    Tuesday, Apr 28th 8:00p to 9:30p
    Join us bi-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 Eshkol Nevo, Etgar Keret, Lea Goldberg and others. This group will gather to discuss the books, and get to know one another in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

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  • Tuesday ,
    MayMay  5 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, May 5th 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Tuesday ,
    MayMay  12 , 2020
    Neim Zemirot Israel: Great Poems from the Hebrew Bookshelf
    Tuesday, May 12th 8:15a to 9:00a
    Judaism is not just rules and values. It is also great literary art. Please join us each month to study some of the most soaring songs of Jewish tradition, from ancient biblical writers to Medieval and modern poets. We'll read the words of King David, Judah HaLevi, Rachel, Amichai and Gouri.

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  • Tuesday ,
    MayMay  19 , 2020
    Teen Class
    Tuesday, May 19th 6:15p to 7:30p
    What is my personal Jewish identity? What is our collective Jewish identity? AC high school students are invited to join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Sam Blustin, Ansche Chesed’s Youth Director, for a bi-weekly class to discuss who we think we are and want to be, amid rising anti-Semitism and changing awareness of racism and privilege in our society. In the first class, we'll look at when apologies go right and wrong, and the "Jewish" way to apologize and take responsibility for our actions.

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  • Wednesday ,
    MayMay  27 , 2020
    Levana: A Rosh Chodesh Group for Women
    Wednesday, May 27th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Welcome the new Hebrew month with Levana – AC’s new Rosh Chodesh group for those who identify as women. Come for community, conversation, and a cup of tea. Bring old friends or make new ones, as we learn about and from each other. Gatherings are member-led and supported by our female clergy, Rabbi Yael and Hazzan Natasha. Open to AC members and non-members at any age and stage. RSVP appreciated, but walk-ins welcome.

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  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  9 , 2020
    Neim Zemirot Israel: Great Poems from the Hebrew Bookshelf
    Tuesday, Jun 9th 8:15a to 9:00a
    Judaism is not just rules and values. It is also great literary art. Please join us each month to study some of the most soaring songs of Jewish tradition, from ancient biblical writers to Medieval and modern poets. We'll read the words of King David, Judah HaLevi, Rachel, Amichai and Gouri.

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