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December 2019

Tue, December 3, 2019
7:30 PM

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus

Our 4-part chorus brings together almost 50 lovers of choral singing from both Ansche Chesed and the wider Jewish community. We perform an eclectic repertoire inspired by the richness and diversity of Jewish music from around the globe, ranging from liturgical settings to Yiddish, Ladino and Israeli songs, Hassidic niggunim and new compositions.  Our recent performances include classical programs with The Bachanalia String Orchestra, a jazz concert with The Afro-Semitic Experience ensemble, Oratorio Souls on Fire based on the book…

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Wed, December 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Chapel

Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky

This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the tenth chapter of Tractate Yevamot. In this chapter, the Talmud wrestles with "the Return of Martin Guerre." What happens when a woman remarries after a spouse's supposed death, only to discover that the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated? The textual, ethical and literary challenges elicited profound responses from centuries of interpreters, including Shai Agnon, the modernist writer who wove a novella from this material.

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Thu, December 5, 2019
7:00 PM
Ansche Chesed

Mussar with Rabbi Judith Edelstein

Mussar is a thousand-year-old body of teachings and practices that provide distinctively Jewish answers to the questions we all ask about life. Mussar guides you in identifying your unique, personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to assist you on your journey. Join Ansche Chesed member Rabbi Judith Edelstein to explore the anatomy of the soul, your personal soul curriculum, how to use that curriculum as the basis for personal growth, and how Mussar provides guidance. You'll explore some of…

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Thu, December 5, 2019
7:00 PM

Postcard Writing for Syrian Refugees

Now in its eighth year, the Syrian crisis has left more than 500,000 dead. There are 5.6 million Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries; and 6.6 million internally displaced people. One of the most brutal aspects of the crisis has been the deliberate targeting of the medical infrastructure — the bombing of hospitals and killing of doctors. The disruption of Syria’s healthcare system has had disastrous impact on the most vulnerable members of the population — women and young children.…

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Fri, December 6, 2019
5:30 PM
Hirsch Hall

Shabbat In Harmony with The Western Wind

Join Ansche Chesed’s Shirei Chesed Community Chorus in spirited congregational singing of beloved prayer melodies enhanced by the rich harmonies of our special guests, the internationally acclaimed Western Wind vocal ensemble. Join us for a Shabbat Dinner and a special musical program to follow. Kabbalat Shabbat Services begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner and the program.

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Sat, December 7, 2019
12:30 PM
Hirsch Hall

Back to the (Hasidic) Sources: A Reading of Parashat Va-Yetze Potluck

Join us as we welcome Rabbi Art Green for a potluck Shabbat lunch after davening as a prelude to the Neo-Hasidic Symposium and Festival on Sunday, December 8. The figure of Father Jacob exercised great fascination for the early Hasidic preachers. Journeying into new realms and discovering God's presence where you had never expected it were perfect descriptions of their own project. Today we will glimpse into the Me'or 'Eynayim, the best-written of all the Hasidic classics, to read and…

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Tue, December 10, 2019
8:15 AM
Chapel

Neim Zemirot Israel: Great Poems from the Hebrew Bookshelf

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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Tue, December 10, 2019
7:30 PM

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus

Our 4-part chorus brings together almost 50 lovers of choral singing from both Ansche Chesed and the wider Jewish community. We perform an eclectic repertoire inspired by the richness and diversity of Jewish music from around the globe, ranging from liturgical settings to Yiddish, Ladino and Israeli songs, Hassidic niggunim and new compositions.  Our recent performances include classical programs with The Bachanalia String Orchestra, a jazz concert with The Afro-Semitic Experience ensemble, Oratorio Souls on Fire based on the book…

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Tue, December 10, 2019
8:00 PM
Ansche Chesed

Israeli Fiction Book Club

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. October 29: Three Floors Up, by Eshkol Nevo. December 10: The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God…

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Wed, December 11, 2019
7:00 PM
Chapel

Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky

This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the tenth chapter of Tractate Yevamot. In this chapter, the Talmud wrestles with "the Return of Martin Guerre." What happens when a woman remarries after a spouse's supposed death, only to discover that the reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated? The textual, ethical and literary challenges elicited profound responses from centuries of interpreters, including Shai Agnon, the modernist writer who wove a novella from this material.

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