Shabbat HaGadol

April 20, 2024 / 12 Nisan 5784


Kabbalat Shabbat Service: Friday, 6:30pm in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel

Sanctuary Service: Saturday, 9:45am in the Sanctuary, on Zoom, or via Livestream

Minyan M'at Service: Saturday, 10am in 5 North

Minyan Rimonim Hybrid Service: Saturday, 9:40am P'sukei D'zimra, 10am Shacharit on the 6th Floor or on Zoom

Family Beit Midrash and Nosh: Grandparents Edition: Saturday, 10:45am in the Multi-Purpose Room

Mishpacha-Yigdal Service (Ages 0-7, with Parents): Saturday, 11am in 2 North

TeleTefila Havdallah: Saturday, 8:23pm on Zoom


Thursday (4/18), 6:30 - 8:30pm: Questioning and Kashering with Rabbi Kalmanofsky in the AC Kitchen

Saturday, 9am: Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavua Class in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on ZoomClick here for the Source Sheet (updated Friday)

Tuesday, 6:30pm: Community Second Seder in Hirsch Hall

Registration Required: Contact the office if you'd like to attend and haven't yet registered



7:30am: Morning Minyan, Followed by Siyyum for the Firstborn in the Chapel or on Zoom


9:45am: Sanctuary Service

10am: Minyan M'at Service in 5 North

11am: Big Kids Service in the Chapel


9:45am: Sanctuary Service

10am: Minyan M'at Service in 5 North

9:40am Psukei Dzimra, 10am Shacharit: TeleTefila Service on Zoom

For more Pesach info, see below or on our Pesach webpage


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Join us in mourning our dear friend Nancy Neveloff Dubler z'l, and in wishing comfort to her loving family: her husband Walter, daughter, Ariela, and son-in-law, Jesse Furman, their children, Ilan, Mira and Lev, and son, Josh, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Cerami, and their children, Zahir and Charlie. 


AC Cemetery Plots

Did you know that Ansche Chesed has cemetery plots available for purchase, by both members and nonmembers, at beautiful Riverside Cemetery in Saddlebrook, New Jersey? Start planning now so that this is taken care of for your loved ones. You’ll also be supporting Ansche Chesed through your purchase.

Email or call Martin in our office at (212) 865-0600 ext. 216 to make these arrangements. The price of one plot is currently $1,000, but will be raised to $1,400 on July 1st.


Shabbat HaGadol

This Shabbat, please join us in the Sanctuary after services (approximately 12:20pm) as Rabbi Kalmanofsky will give a Dvar Torah in preparation for Passover and in memory of Prof. Baruch Bokser, whom we always remember around Passover.

All the Shul's minyanim and friends are invited to join us in Hirsch Hall afterwards for a communal Kiddush.



Please join us for a short but impactful Israel trip from June 16-20.

This trip will be a community building experience, connecting us to each other and to our brothers and sisters in Israel during this difficult time.

We will:

  • Visit Gaza border communities to witness the damage from October 7, and speak to survivors and returnees, now rebuilding their communities. 
  • Volunteer to help Israelis, many still dislocated from their homes.
  • Meet experts, thought-leaders, and activists who will help us understand Israeli society since October 7 and what will come when the war ends. What do Israelis hope for and fear in terms of social cohesion and an evolving political landscape? What will be the future of last year’s democracy movements? What prospects for peace still remain?
  • Meet hostage families, through the Families Forum and visit Tel Aviv’s Hostage Square. (May this be unnecessary and may all the hostages come home today!)
  • Meet leading Arab citizens of Israel. What challenges and possibilities for shared society face the 20 percent of non-Jewish Israelis? 
  • Religious activists. What Jewish resources are available to sustain a divided and wounded society? 

In addition to those timely, heavy topics, we hope to visit Jerusalem’s gorgeous brand new National Library, a treasure trove of Jewish history and culture, and Tel Aviv’s Anu: Museum of the Jewish People, and enjoy some of Jerusalem’s and Tel Aviv’s fabulous food, wine and special atmospheres.

To ascertain that we have a viable group of at least 20 participants, please confirm your participation promptly at this link

Email with any questions.


From "Shabbat Shechora" to "Shachar Chadash" (From the Shabbat of Darkness to a New Dawn)

Shabbat, April 27

Please join old friends of our community, Rabbi Naamah Kelman and Dr. Elan Ezrachi, visiting from Jerusalem, who will discuss how Israelis have responded to the tragedies unfolding since October 7th. They will share sources and texts illustrating a society seeking hope and resilience.

Rabbi Naamah Kelman was one of the first B’not Mitvah at Anche Chesed in 1968, becoming the first woman ordained in Israel, by the Hebrew Union College. She held a number of positions there and recently retired as Dean.

Dr. Elan Ezrachi, the founding CEO of Masa – Israel Journey, is an educational specialist in the area of Jewish peoplehood, and the author of Awakened Dream – 50 Years of Complex Unification of Jerusalem (in Hebrew).

Yom HaShoah Reading of the Names 2025 / 5784

Sunday, May 5 at 10pm to Monday, May 6 at 6pm

At B'nai Jeshurun and the JCC

Each year, AC joins the JCC and other Upper West Side synagogues in the annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah, by reading from the book of names of those who perished in the Shoah. AC has a designated 30-minute slot from 11-11:30 PM on Sunday for members to read the names. Participants are also welcome to read their own family names. Please contact AC member David Israel if you would like to participate. 

If you are unable to participate with AC overnight, the reading will continue at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street) throughout the day on Monday, May 5, 9am – 6pm. 

'Meet Your Neighbor' Mother's Day Brunch

Sunday, May 9 from 12 - 2pm in Hirsch Hall

Register here for Moms, Children and Volunteers - Limited spaces available

Ansche Chesed is thrilled to partner with Knock Knock Give a Sock (KKGS) this Mother's Day! KKGS works to humanize homelessness one sock at a time. One of the ways KKGS works to end the stigma of homelessness is through creating 'Meet Your Neighbor Meals,' an experience that brings together communities living in houses and those who are experiencing homelessness -- side by side. Through brunch, shared experiences of motherhood, and conversation we create an experience in which neighbors meet neighbors. Check out highlights from the 2022 Mother's Day Brunch


Questioning and Kashering with Rabbi Kalmanofsky

Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 - 8:30pm in AC's Kitchen

To get ready for Passover, please bring your Kashrut questions and your pots and pans. We'll help you prepare for the feast of freedom by boiling away the Hametz. 

Sell Your Hametz and Passover Kashrut

To designate Rabbi Kalmanofsky to sell your chametz, please fill out the online form by Monday, April 22 at 11am. Contact the Office with any questions. 

For helpful information on Passover Kashrut, see below for a Q & A with Rabbi Kalmanofsky or check the Rabbinical Assembly's handy online guide.

Pesach Schedule (See Above for Day 1 & 2 Services)

Sunday, April 21

Bedikat Chametz (Search for Chametz)

After sunset

Monday, April 22

Erev Pesach


Stop eating chametz by 10:38 am

Sell, burn, or destroy chametz by 11:46 am

Candle lighting 7:25pm


First Seder

Tuesday, April 23 Pesach Day 1

Candle lighting after 8:26pm


Second Seder


Community Second Seder

6:30pm in Hirsch Hall

Saturday, April 27

Shabbat Chol Hamoed

Sanctuary Service 9:45am

In-Person, on Zoom, or via Livestream


Minyan M'at Service

10am in 5 North

TeleTefila Service on Zoom:

9:40am Psukei Dzimra

10am Shacharit 

Monday, April 29

Pesach Day 7

Sanctuary Service 9:45am


Minyan M'at Service

10am in 5 North

TeleTefila Service on Zoom:

9:40am Psukei Dzimra

10am Shacharit 

Candle lighting after 8:33pm

Tuesday, April 30

Pesach Day 8

Sanctuary Service 9:45am


Minyan M'at Service

10am in 5 North

Holiday ends 8:34pm


If you are looking for ways to help or resources addressing the ongoing conflict, check the Israel page on our website.

Wrestling with October 7 and its Aftermath:

A Series of Panel Discussions with Minyan M'at

Third Panel on Thursday, May 2 at 7:45pm

Fourth Panel on Thursday, May 9 at 7:45pm

Minyan M’at is thrilled to sponsor a series of panels devoted to exploring issues that affect our community after the horrors of October 7 and Israel’s response. Outstanding Jewish thinkers will come together to talk about Jewish communal responses to October 7, the role of Zionism for Diaspora Jewry, the role of “Jewish Progressives”, and how we should think about prayer in a time of war. Learn More and RSVPf


Weekday Morning Minyan

Mondays - Fridays at 7:30am

Sundays and Civil Holidays at 8:30am

in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom

Join our WhatsApp group, which we'll post to when we need people.

Misheberakh List

We invite you to add the names of your dear ones. Please re-submit them each English calendar month if you'd like us to keep davvening for them.


Rabbi Jules Harlow Parshat HaShavuah Class

Saturdays, 9am in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom


Come before class at 8:45am for hot coffee and schmoozing! This class is dedicated to Rabbi Jules Harlow, a great teacher of Torah and Jewish liturgy. Click for this week's Source Sheet (updated Friday afternoons)

Shirei Chesed Community Chorus

Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm in 5 North

Shirei Chesed builds community through a rich repertoire of Jewish music, bringing harmony into a world that needs it more than ever. For more information or to schedule an audition, email Hazzan Hirschhorn.

Wednesday Night Talmud

Wednesdays, 7pm in the Mayer Cavalier Chapel or on Zoom

Join us to study tractate Sanhedrin, chapter 4. This class is best in person -- so please come! Also available via Zoom (ID: 837 8598 8052 | Passcode: chesed)

Parsha Talk


Join Rabbi Kalmanofsky and his buddies, Rabbis Barry Chesler and Eliot Malomet, for their weekly Parsha Talk. Watch the latest episode


Chef's Table

Our long-time friend and kitchen tenant, Bruce Soffer of Chef's Table, offers you catering menus for Shabbat and holidays. Chef's Table prepares delicious kosher meals, delivered right to your door.


Contact Bruce at (917) 868-7964 or his website for more information.

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 81st Anniversary Ceremony

Friday, April 19 at 2pm in Riverside Park (at ‘Der Shteyn’ near the West 83rd St. entrance)

This ceremony has taken place, rain or shine, at “Der Shteyn” (The Stone) in the park for the last 77 years. AC member Jeff French Segall's coverage of last year's event in the West Side Rag is here.


Seeking Apartment for Pesach -- From Judith Edelstein

Adult couple seeking an apartment in NY for Pesach. Please let me know of any leads at

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