As Rabbi Kalmanofsky shared in his email welcoming our community to Elul, we at Ansche Chesed want to help you prepare for Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur by filling Elul with opportunities for teshuva, tefillah and tzedakah, learning, turning, reflection, meditation, discussion, beauty and good deeds. Every day of Elul will provide an opportunity to ready your soul for the Holidays. This page will serve as a hub to all of the many opportunities you will have and the information you will need to connect with Ansche Chesed during this High Holiday season.

Please continue to return to this page for more information as we will be keeping this page updated between now and the high holidays.

Book Of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance lists those close to us who have passed away, but who have not been forgotten. It is published in the fall and spring each year. In normal years, it is distributed to congregants on the four days on which we say Yizkor, the memorial service: the last day of Passover, the second day of Shavuot, Yom Kippur, and Shemini Atzeret. When recalling the memories of our loved ones during the Yizkor service, we pledge charity to perpetuate their ideals. In this booklet, there is a tangible place for each of us to publicly remember those we miss.

This year we are moving to a digital version of our Book of Remembrance, and encourage you to visit this site to provide the names of your loved ones.

Elul Reflections

Family Programs

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Hearing The Shofar

The central mitzvah of Rosh HaShanah is to hear the call of the shofar with your own ears. That will be more difficult this year, as we will gather virtually for the holidays. While some of us will opt to hear the shofar through virtual links. Ansche Chesed is planning opportunities to hear the Shofar live.

OUTDOOR SHOFAR BLASTS @ 1:15pm on the 2nd Day of Rosh HaShanah

Please join us outside the building on West End Avenue to hear the Shofar live. Please come masked and maintain social distancing.

SHOFAROT ON BROADWAY @ 4pm on the 2nd Day of Rosh HaShanah

Please join members of many Upper West Side communities, who will blow Shofar along Broadway, from Lincoln Center to Columbia. Please come masked and maintain social distancing.

Learn To Toot Your Own Horn: Shofar Blowing Workshop

Additionally, Ansche Chesed planned two sessions for you to join some of our community’s most skilled shofar blowers who will serve as coaches to help you learn this skill and enable you to fully complete this mitzvah.

The remaining session will take place on Thursday, September 10, 7pm

High Holidays at Home, 5781

As we have shortened our services this year as we are doing our services in this new virtual world, some of our Yom Kippur standards will not take place live in the synagogue during Yom Kippur. We have made some of them available for you to experience virtually. Please visit this special page which includes the videos that premiered during our services, as well as Jerry Raik’s telling of the Jonah Service and Rita Falbel’s Yiddish poetry as part of the Martyrology service.

High Holiday Services

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Mahzor Lev Shalem: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Issuu: The Digital Version

The Rabbinical Assembly has made a digital version of the Mahzor Lev Shalem available through an electronic platform called Issuu. You can download an app in iOS or Android, or view the mahzor in a web browser.

An individual copy of the digital Mahzor costs $5.99, but Ansche Chesed has arranging to make the digital copies of this Mahzor available for the High Holidays free of charge. To get your copy please visit this site and use code “P8W5HE2U”

Please note that the use of this mahzor will require using a screen as you can not print a copy from the app.

You will need to create an account on Issuu to gain access to the digital mahzor.

Your Own Copy of the Mahzor

For those members who are uncomfortable with the digital format, or who prefer to pray from their own physical version of the Mahzor, our local Judaica store, West Side Judaica on Broadway and 89th Street has just received a large stock of the Mahzor which they are selling for $60.

Borrowing a Mahzor

If using the digital version (issuu) or buying your own mahzor presents a difficulty for you Ansche Chesed will make a limited number of our Mahzor Lev Shalem available to those members of our community who have renewed their membership for the 5781/2020-2021 year.

You will need to come to one of two Mahzor pick-up times (Tuesday, September 8, 11am-1pm or Thursday, September 10, 4:30-6:30pm) where a member of our clergy or staff will check your membership and allow you to sign out a Mahzor.

Please return the mahzor to Ansche Chesed on Thursday, October 1, from 4-6pm, at which time you will sign your mahzor back in. We are counting on you to enable us to maintain the community’s prayer books so we can all use them in person next year!

*For those of you in high-risk groups, who do not feel it will be safe for you to come out, please indicate below and we will arrange to get a mahzor to you.

Please complete this form if you would like to arrange to borrow a mahzor.

Personal Time In Our Sanctuary

When we reached out to you with our survey as we were planning what the Yamim Noraim would look like during this very strange time, one of the things that many members said they would like was personal time for reflection, contemplation, meditation, in our special sanctuary space. In an effort to respond to your desires, the sanctuary will be open for private time Monday through Friday, September 14-16 and 21-25 from 2pm through 5pm by pre-registration only. Please visit our Doodle to select a 20-minute slot when you, alone or with others living in your home, can be in the sanctuary. You will need to wear a mask and gloves, and have a temperature below 99.8.

If the times on our sign-up page do not work for you, please email, and we will see what we can do about finding an alternate time.

Rosh HaShanah Eve: Four Questions for 5781

Jews are accustomed to having profound conversations over the Passover table by posing questions and seeking answers. This unique year of 5781 would be a good time to import the tradition of Four Questions to our Rosh HaShanah tables. This sheet will help you recite the traditional blessings and give you something to think and talk about over your holiday meal. Click here for more.


Saturday, September 12, 11pm Register to Join Via Zoom
Please join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and Hazzan Hirschhorn, along with our long-time friends, AC member Mike Cohen on woodwinds and percussionist Ronen Itzik, as we implore God to לשמוע אל הרינה ואל התפילה , “hear our prayer and praise,” and help us ready ourselves for this season of teshuva.

Click here for the text booklet we will be using for this service.


Please join groups of up to 20 people at Ansche Chesed to walk to the Hudson River for the ritual casting off of our sins.
AC members are invited to sign up to enroll in one of the limited spots for this masked and socially distanced activity. The Tashlich sessions are now full. We invite you to go down to the Hudson River and perform your own tashlich. Click here for the instructions and brachot for Tashlich.
  • Sunday, September 20 @ 1:30pm, join Hazzan Hirschhorn and Adina Beiner, youth director
  • Sunday, September 20 @ 2:30pm, join Rabbi Hammerman and Emily Cobert, family program director
  • Sunday, September 20 @ 5:30pm, join Rabbi Kalmanofsky.
There will be additional tashlich sessions during the week after Rosh HaShanah:

Upcoming Programs

There are no upcoming events at this time.


Yizkor services will take place at 5:30pm on Monday, September 28th as part of the Yom Kippur services. Additionally, Yizkor services will be a part of the outdoor services on the afternoon before Yom Kippur. If you would like to attend these services, please register here.

*Each member household is invited to request up to two places.