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Please join us on Sunday, December 5 for a day of chesed and giving back to the community. 
We have partnered with the organization One Block to pick up trash in our neighborhood. We will gather outside Habonim at 10:30 am to clean up the surrounding blocks. All ages welcome! Gloves, bags, and garbage grabbers will be provided. Sign up here

Please note - this event is weather-dependent. If there is inclement weather we will alert you that morning and reschedule.

Our clean-up will be kicked off at 10 am with a
Hanukkah Musical Celebration (for all ages).

66th Street Plaza along Riverside Boulevard (weather permitting).  
Come celebrate Hanukkah together with a musical concert by Jessica Futran and Rob Silverbush. Enjoy festive treats and warm drinks. All are welcome to attend! 

Urgent Need for Blood Donation in New York City

For more information about the city's blood supply situation, click here .
Click here to find additional blood drive locations and dates in your neighborhood. 

From Rabbi Gelber:

Saving a life is an important mitzvah/responsibility and commandment in Judaism. We have been called on to step forward in this way by Congregation Ansche Chesed here on the UWS as they work to find a bone marrow donor for someone in their shul community with rapidly advancing blood cancer. 
If you have not yet participated in the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, I encourage you to Get Swabbed by registering here .
Testing is free for those 18-35 and you'll learn more about the ideal profile at that link. I have worked with patients with leukemia and other blood cancers for almost 25 years and have witnessed the power of the bone marrow registries in helping to preserve and save lives. Do your part and join the registry! For questions about Judaism and saving a life, be in touch with me at

Volunteering your time and skills is great way to give back to Congregation Habonim, and to support the Upper West Side neighborhood we call home.

While we gather virtually: Seeking volunteers (of all ages) to pair up with Habonim community members who need assistance connecting online and organizing dial-in information for weekly prayer services and programs, as well as with other needs. This is a great way to connect with community members. Contact Susan Grant at to volunteer or to help organize this program. 

Shabbat and Holiday Greeters: When we are once again able to gather in person on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, greeters will be on hand to welcome our congregants and visitors, to give them a Siddur, Chumash, and to offer a tallit. After services, our greeters welcome new members and visitors, respond to questions about the synagogue and introduce them to the clergy. If you are interested in being a greeter, or to find out about other volunteer opportunities, contact

Photography and Other Media-related Skills: If you enjoy photography, your skills are needed to add color and action to our website, Facebook page, Bulletins and e-blasts.  All photos should be forwarded to Wherever possible, please identify the event as well as when and where it took place, and if possible the people in the shot(s) by name.    


Wed, December 1 2021 27 Kislev 5782