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May 2020

Tue, May 26, 2020
3:00 PM

Freedom as Responsibility: A Discussion of Pirkei Avot 6:2

On Shavuot we celebrate the receiving of the Torah as the culmination of the Exodus from Egypt. Pirkei Avot 6:2 offers us an explanation of this connection by arguing that real freedom comes from a life of commitment to Torah. Join Ansche Chesed member Rabbi Bill Plevan to explore how this conception of freedom as responsibility match our conception of freedom in the individual or the political sphere? We will consider this conception of freedom in both Jewish thought and…

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Tue, May 26, 2020
7:00 PM

Breathe, Stretch and Sing with Cantor Natasha

Let yourself exhale the stress of the day, and inhale the healing power of song. Cantor Hirschhorn will guide the participants through a series of gentle body and voice warm up exercises to release tension, and improve and strengthen our breathing (always a good idea, but especially now!) We will then sing some familiar and new melodies to uplift our spirits and connect us to our tradition and our community. Due to the constraints of Zoom, during the group singing…

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Wed, May 27, 2020
9:15 AM

Learners’ Service: Weekday Morning Edition

It can be hard to appreciate our services - to find the prayers spiritually elevating or comforting - when you're unsure where we are in the Siddur, what comes next, when to sit or stand, what to say or sing, or just skip. Join Rabbi Yael for a weekly morning "Learners' Service" to help everyone find his or her place in our Siddur, and in our prayer community. If you need a copy of the weekday Siddur, a PDF copy can be downloaded…

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Wed, May 27, 2020
11:00 AM

Blintzes Making with Celia Reiss

It is a tradition to eat dairy on Shavuot, and everyone loves blintzes and cheesecake. Join Ansche Chesed member Celia Reiss as she helps you to prepare for the holiday by teaching you to make her mothers blintzes Make sure to download the recipe  so that you will be ready to follow along. Equipment List Ingredients List Crepe or small fry pan 4 eggs 2 large bowls 3/4 cup milk Measuring cups 1/2 cup flour Measuring spoons Oil: 1 Tablespoon,…

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Wed, May 27, 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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Wed, May 27, 2020
7:30 PM

Levana: A Rosh Chodesh Group For Women Sivan Gathering

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones, over Zoom, at the next Levana, a women's Rosh Chodesh social group at Ansche Chesed. Bring your own cup of tea or glass of wine,  as we check in with each other and prepare for the month of Sivan together. This month we are thrilled to welcome Rabbi Deena Cowans, who lead us in gentle yoga-inspired movement and meditation, and soulful stretching, as we welcome Sivan and prepare for Shavuot.…

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Thu, May 28, 2020
9:15 AM

Learn to Chant Torah with Cantor Hirschhorn

Rabbi Yohanan (d. 279 C.E.) had strong feelings about using the proper musical chant in reading the Torah, asserting: "Whosoever reads without melody and studies without song, to him may be applied the verse: 'Moreover I gave them laws that were not good, and rules by which they could not live." (Talmud Bavli Megillah 32A).  In this class we will begin unlocking the musical system of symbols that guides our Shabbat Torah reading, as we journey through the last four…

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Thu, May 28, 2020
5:30 PM

Kiddush Club

With the Corona outbreak there is a lot we miss, but one of the big things is our community. Join us on Thursdays at 5:30pm for a "Kiddush Club Happy Hour." Bring your favorite beverage, and spend some time with friends, old and new. This will be an unstructured space for conversation and community. JOIN US VIA ZOOM

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Thu, May 28, 2020
6:30 PM

AC Pre-Kun: Revelation in Surprising Times and Unlikely Places

Please join Ansche Chesed for a "Pre-Kun," an early evening of study and discussion before the onset of Shavuot, "the holiday of the giving of the Torah." During this inauspicious time, we will reflect on stories, poems and concepts about being surprised by revelation. Please join several teachers and scholars among our AC members, including Barry Holtz, Sofija Grandakovska, Daniel Nevins, as well as our clergy, who will present short and stimulating teachings. Please join the call at 6:30 for…

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June 2020

Mon, June 1, 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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