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November 2020

Thu, November 26, 2020
5:30 PM

To Schmooze or not to Schmooze: The Un-Distancing Hour

We'd like to announce the rebranding and re-imagining of the Thursday afternoon Kiddush cocktail hour, which has been a lovely way for people to connect during this crazy time. But we thought it needed a transformation into something a bit more specific. Before the pandemic, Kiddush has traditionally been a way for people at Ansche Chesed to connect with one another, to share milestones, to kvetch and moan a bit, to express support to friends who are going through one…

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Sat, November 28, 2020
8:45 AM

Shabbat Morning Study

Join Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky and members of the Ansche Chesed community on Shabbat mornings at 8:45 (right before services, and on our Shabbat service Zoom) to delve into the weekly portion through the eyes of favorite commentators-ancient, medieval, and modern; midrashic, mystical, and academic. In order to make this class available for as many members of our community as possible, we are holding this class on a different day each week on a three week cycle. The class will take…

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Sun, November 29, 2020
11:00 AM

The Knesset: Politics of Governing a Democratic Jewish State

Ansche Chesed is glad to welcome Knesset member Asaf Zamir of the Blue and White Party for a conversation about the complicated politics that goes into governing a State that is both Jewish and Democratic. This program, a collaboration with The Jewish Pluralism Watch of the Masorti Movement in Israel will include a short briefing on the Kenesset, followed by a presentation by MK Zamir and an opportunity for Q&A to follow. Asaf Zamir, Member of Knesset on behalf of…

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Mon, November 30, 2020
3:00 PM

Meditation Monday

Join us for virtual mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices to help us keep centered in these unpredictable times.  A number of our fellow congregants are experienced meditation leaders and will act as facilitators.  Through the wonders of technology, we can enjoy the power of meditating together as a community. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Each session will be led by a different member of our community. JOIN VIA ZOOM

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Mon, November 30, 2020
7:00 PM

Or Neerav/”The Sweet Light”: An Introduction to Kabbalah

One of the greatest of all Kabbalists, R. Moshe Cordovero (or "Ramak," 1520-1570, Safed, Land of Israel), wrote a primer on Jewish mystical doctrines to encourage all Jews to explore this secret realm. This relatively short work is available on Sefaria. To mark Ramak's 500th birthday, please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky for a weekly spiritual and intellectual adventure into the teachings and techniques that make Kabbalah one of the world's great mystical traditions. (I promise: no red strings, no holy water.…

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December 2020

Tue, December 1, 2020
8:15 AM

Psalm Of The Week

Most of the Bible reads as God's communication to humanity, in messages delivered through prophets like the unique Moses and his successors, Isaiah, Jeremiah and the rest. But in the Book of Psalms, Israel turns toward heaven and pours out its praises, hopes, fears and laments. Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky for a 30-minute Zoom study of one Psalm each Tuesday morning. 8:30am, to explore the human poetry that reveals our ancestors' spiritual life. (You don't have to join the 7:30 am…

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Tue, December 1, 2020
7:00 PM

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus at Ansche Chesed

Hazzan Natasha J. Hirschhorn, Artistic Director “If a choir is only about singing and performing - there will be no choir for a while. If choir is about teaching and learning, growing, connecting, community, cultural exploration and transmission, and innovating - we will find a way to have choir”. --Kellie Walsh - President of Choral Canada Even in the Covid era, our Shirei Chesed Community Chorus will continue to build community through learning a rich and diverse repertoire of Jewish…

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Wed, December 2, 2020
7:00 PM

Talmud Study With Rabbi Kalmanofsky: Taking Responsibility and Fixing Mistakes

This year, the Wednesday night Talmud class will focus on Bava Kamma chapter 9. Jewish ethics require us to be responsible people -- that we fix what we break, and pay for our crimes. This year we will study some of the Talmud's lengthy examination of torts, the complicated economic damages people can cause. Bava Kamma chapter 9 examines the laws of robbery, fraud and the restitution those criminals must make. The chapters we will be focusing on can be found…

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Thu, December 3, 2020
5:30 PM

To Schmooze or not to Schmooze: The Un-Distancing Hour

We'd like to announce the rebranding and re-imagining of the Thursday afternoon Kiddush cocktail hour, which has been a lovely way for people to connect during this crazy time. But we thought it needed a transformation into something a bit more specific. Before the pandemic, Kiddush has traditionally been a way for people at Ansche Chesed to connect with one another, to share milestones, to kvetch and moan a bit, to express support to friends who are going through one…

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Thu, December 3, 2020
7:30 PM

A Beginners Guide to How Facebook Works and Why It’s a Threat To Democracy

Facebook is ubiquitous in today's society — at least 1.7 billion people use it on a daily basis. Especially during this time of social distancing and separation, Facebook, along with other social networks, keeps us connected. But its business model and size make Facebook dangerous. How far is it our big sib keeping us caught up and surrounded by friends and how far is it Big Brother, spying on us, dividing us and spreading lies and conspiracies? Join Ansche Chesed…

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