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WHY A CAMPAIGN?

Our 90-year-old home has allowed our community to flourish.
But over the decades, critical areas have been divided into small spaces that make it harder to connect with each other, hamper the important work of our clergy and staff and obscure our historic building’s beauty.

The changes we envision will remedy that, enabling us to:

Welcome
Better

Through a spacious, warm and inviting 100th Street Lobby

Celebrate
Better

Through an enlarged and enhanced Hirsch Hall

Work
Better

Through a professional office suite for clergy and staff

Pray
Better

Through improved Sanctuary access, upgrades to Minyan M’at’s space and a renovated Chapel

OUR VISION

PLANNED RENOVATIONS

The Rav Chesed Campaign will open up key spaces to make everyone feel welcome, to facilitate the often impromptu interactions that create and strengthen friendships and to enhance the places we celebrate, pray and work.

Hirsch Hall
100th Street Lobby
5th Floor
Hirsch Hall

After: View from the west, with Hirsch Hall Annex on the left

After: View from the south looking toward Hirsch Hall Annex

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After: View from the west, with Hirsch Hall Annex on the left

Our Vision
Today

The new Hirsch Hall will be one of Ansche Chesed’s jewels. With the stage gone, smachot (celebrations) and other events will take place in spacious, comfortable surroundings. Extra-wide doors between the Hall and the adjoining Annex (gym) will create a virtually seamless space – ideal for larger events. Aesthetic improvements throughout and a renovated back walkway (loggia) and lobby will complete the picture, turning the lower level into a highly desirable place to host events and thus a much greater source of critical rental income.

NEW FEATURES

  • Enlarged Floor Space (stage removed)
  • Four 8’ Doors to Annex (gym)
  • Annex Makeover
  • Renovated Loggia (back walkway)
  • Renovated Lobby
  • Upgraded Décor, Sound and Lighting
100th Street Lobby

After: View from the 100th Street entrance looking north towards the Chapel

After: View from the east looking toward the 100th Street entrance

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After: View from the 100th Street entrance looking north towards the Chapel

Our Vision
Today

Entering the 100th Street lobby will be a completely new experience. The space will be larger and beautifully designed, with a warm and inviting atmosphere that will make members and visitors feel welcome and at home. Catching up with old friends and making new ones will be easy. So will moving through the area. With the synagogue offices now on the 5th floor, there will be room for amenities like a lounge and a coatroom. Relocating the lift will make getting in and out of the Sanctuary simple while renovating the Chapel will bring out the beauty of this much-loved space.  A dedicated security office will better protect our community.

NEW FEATURES

  • Expanded, Wider Space
  • Visitors Gallery (lounge)
  • Coatroom
  • Stroller Parking
  • ADA-Compliant Restroom
  • Renovated Chapel
  • Lift Relocated
  • Dedicated Security Office
5th Floor

After: Multipurpose 5th Floor lounge

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After: Multipurpose 5th Floor lounge

Our Vision
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Our dedicated clergy and staff deserve an attractive and efficient place to work. The new space will have comfortable private offices where our rabbis and hazzan can offer instruction and pastoral counseling, our executive director can manage synagogue operations and current and prospective members can meet with staff. Aesthetic and functional improvements to the Minyan M’at prayer space and the adjacent pantry will enhance the communal experience for minyan members of all ages. Adding new restrooms and making changes to reduce hallway noise will create a more comfortable environment for everyone.

NEW FEATURES

  • Professional Office Suite
  • New Restrooms
  • Multipurpose Lounge
  • M’at: Prayer Space Upgrades
  • M’at: Improved Pantry with Added Door
  • M’at: Hallway Noise Reduction

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN

WAYS TO GIVE

Help us rediscover Ansche Chesed’s historic beauty, create a more welcoming space and bring our community closer together.

Give Online

Make a one-time donation or to set up a series of donations.

Give By Mail

Make a pledge by filling out the pledge form by hand or by typing details directly into the PDF and mailing it to:

Rav Chesed Campaign
c/o Ansche Chesed
251 West 100th Street
New York, NY 10025

QUESTIONS?

To learn more or to discuss a donation, please contact
Executive Director Josh Hanft at
RavChesed@anschechesed.org or 646-216-3287.