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February 2020

Thu, February 20, 2020
7:00 PM

Season of Mussar with Rabbi Judith Edelstein

This February - April, Ansche Chesed member Rabbi Judith Edelstein will lead a 13 week (seven session) Mussar course, following up on A Taste of Mussar.  The class will meet every other week; individual meetings occur on off weeks. Mussar is a thousand-year-old body of teachings and practices that provide Jewish answers to the questions we all ask about life and struggle with. Mussar guides you in identifying your unique, personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to assist you develop…

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Fri, February 21, 2020
5:30 PM

The Accidental Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater

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…

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Sun, February 23, 2020
3:00 PM
Hirsch Hall

The Ancient Law: A Cine-Concert, with Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin

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…

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Tue, February 25, 2020
6:15 PM
5th Floor

Teen Class On Jewish Identity

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.

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Tue, February 25, 2020
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, a celebration of Jewish Love Songs from around the world,…

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Wed, February 26, 2020
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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March 2020

Tue, March 3, 2020
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, March 3, 2020
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, a celebration of Jewish Love Songs from around the world,…

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Wed, March 4, 2020
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, March 5, 2020
7:00 PM

Season of Mussar with Rabbi Judith Edelstein

This February - April, Ansche Chesed member Rabbi Judith Edelstein will lead a 13 week (seven session) Mussar course, following up on A Taste of Mussar.  The class will meet every other week; individual meetings occur on off weeks. Mussar is a thousand-year-old body of teachings and practices that provide Jewish answers to the questions we all ask about life and struggle with. Mussar guides you in identifying your unique, personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to assist you develop…

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