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October 2018

Sun, October 14, 2018
10:00 AM

Riverside Park Clean-Up

Come out and see friends and make new ones as we take care of this valuable part of our park. Everyone welcome. Children under age 10 must be closely supervised. We will be working in an area near the synagogue. A wonderful opportunity to come out and enjoy a beautiful autumn day with other members of the AC community and help us take care of our larger community! Meeting at 105 Dog Run, circa 105th inside Riverside Park This event will be…

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Tue, October 16, 2018
7:30 PM

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus

Founded in 2005, the chorus performs an eclectic repertoire inspired by the richness and diversity of Jewish music from around the globe, ranging from liturgical settings to Israeli songs, Hassidic niggunim and new compositions. Ability to carry a tune is important; reading Hebrew or music is not required.  Free for members; not members $90 per semester or $180 per year.  For more information please email NHirschhorn@AnscheChesed.org.

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Tue, October 16, 2018
8:00 PM

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.   Nov 6 A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev Dec 11 The Outcast (story) by S.Y. Agnon  …

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Wed, October 17, 2018
5:30 PM

CSA Pickup

Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial partnership in which urban consumers receive fresh, organic vegetables while sustaining the livelihoods and stewardship of regional farmers. In a CSA, the farmer pre-sells shares; the money goes to the cost of growing, distributing, and paying the farmer a living wage. Members of the Ansche Chesed CSA have the option of purchasing vegetable, fruit, egg and fresh flower shares from Garden of Eve — a certified organic farm on the east end of Long Island.  To…

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Wed, October 17, 2018
7:00 PM
Chapel

Talmud Study with Rabbi Kalmanofsky

The Secret Mysticism of the Talmud Generally, Talmud is the least esoteric sort of Jewish wisdom. The Sages' care mostly about often very mundane law, like property disputes and kashrut. But Talmud also has its own occult lore. This year in Wednesday night Talmud we will study the second chapter of Tractate Hagigah, which you can purchase on-line, or through our dear friends at West Side Judaica. We'll read stories of mystical rabbis, and we will supplement the Talmud's material…

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Fri, October 19, 2018
6:30 PM

Refugee Shabbat: Shabbat Dinner

We join synagogues across America to focus our attention on the current refugee crisis through the commemoration of Refugee Shabbat. Our plans for this Shabbat will be multi-generational, including programming for those of Hebrew School age, adults, and families. Our programming includes Iraqi Refugee Ahmed Badr at Shabbat dinner, reading groups, arts, community service projects, and multi-faith programming. Please plan to join us for these Shabbat activities to give appropriate focus to this important issue.

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Sat, October 20, 2018
9:15 AM
Chapel

Shabbat Morning Study

Led by Rabbi Kalmanofsky and other synagogue members, sessions are on the weekly portion through the eyes of favorite commentators—ancient, medieval, and modern; midrashic, mystical, and academic.

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Sat, October 20, 2018
12:45 PM

Tween Book Club: “Refugee”

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 Sheila Lewis. What does a Jewish boy fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939, a Cuban girl on a raft bound for America in 1994, and a Syrian boy traveling to Germany in recent time, have in common? Join us to find out what became of Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud in their intertwining stories, and to discuss what YOU…

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Sat, October 20, 2018
6:30 PM
St. Paul St Andrew Church 86th & West End Avenue

National Refugee Shabbat Interfaith Havdallah

Several Churches in our neighborhood provide sanctuary to people facing immediate deportation. As part of Refugee Shabbat, Upper West Side members of the Synagogue Coalition for the Refugee and Immigration Crisisare joining to host an Interfaith Havdalah to support these efforts. As we celebrate the beginning of a new week and focus on the work needed in our community, we'll join with our neighbors to assist a woman and her daughter for whom St Paul & St Andrew provide sanctuary. We'll hear from Mark Hetfield, the President…

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Sun, October 21, 2018
2:00 PM

First Friends: Into Action!

First Friends of New Jersey and New York provides visitors and other support within immigration detention centers, helps detainees who have been released, and advocates for a more just immigration system. In this program you will learn about the operation of the largely for-profit detention system and what you can do to assist immigrants in detention. Several AC members visit detained immigrants with First Friends and have found this a deeply meaningful way to “welcome the stranger.” Learn  about the…

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