Shabbat Morning Services online . . . and Virtual Weekday Kaffeeklatsch

Our next Shabbat service

Torah: We read Torah according to the triennial cycle. This year, we're in the first year of the cycle.

Haftarah: We read the conventional Haftarah. When the present unpleasantness is over (b'li ayin hara), the West Side Minyan will return to the Rabbinical Assembly's Triennial Haftarah cycle.

Instructions: If you click on the name of the parsha, you'll get the chapter and verse for this week's readings. From there, you can click and get the actual Hebrew and English texts of the readings, curtesy of the Sepharia website.

For more information about what's happening this week, go to the Schedule.

Connecting VIA ZOOM

Shabbat Morning Services with

The following link will work for most users. If you experience audio problems, turn off your speakers and dial in using one of the numbers below, at "Dial by your location." Desktop users who do not have a webcam and microphone should consider purchasing an external USB camera and external USB headset with boom mic. Each are about $25.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 769 248 284

Smartphone users -- get the "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" app:

Meeting ID: 769 248 284

For some inexplicable reason, ZOOM provides the following links. If you have used them successfully, please drop us a note.

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Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
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+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 769 248 284

The Meyerson JCC has free ZOOM tutorials.

TeleTefila schedule

Every week on Sat, until May 2, 2020

Apr 4, 2020 10:00 AM -- Shabbat Tzav, Shabbat haGadol

Shacharit: Nos
Torah: Ellen
Haftarah for Shabbat haGadol: Miriam H-K
DT: Marge
Musaf: Miram H-K

Apr 11, 2020 10:00 AM -- Shabbat Chol haMo-eid Pesach

Shacharit: Miriam H-K

  • [Add Yaaleh v'Yavo for Pesach]
  • Hallel chaseir
  • Kaddish Shaleim

Shir haShirim: We all take turns.

Mourner's Kaddish

Torah: Ellen
Maftir reading from Pin'chas: TBA
Haftarah for Shabbat Chol haMo-eid Pesach (Ezekiel): Mark Paul
No DT this week because of the length of the service
Musaf: Nos

  • Yom Tov Amidah
  • Shabbat K'dushah
  • Insertions for Shabbat
  • Insertions for Pesach
  • V'hikravtem for Chol haMo-eid Pesach
Apr 18, 2020 10:00 AM
Apr 25, 2020 10:00 AM
May 2, 2020 10:00 AM

If you use iCalendar, you can download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system:

Ansche chesed online Shabbat activities

Use these links to connect:

Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat -- 6:30 pm

Saturday night Havdalah -- 8 pm

Preparing for services

1. Please have a siddur (prayerbook) handy. You can use any siddur you own, but please mark the major divisions in advance with a bookmark or Post-It®. Below is a table of the major landmarks in some of the most popular siddurim.

If you don't own a siddur, you can download the Shabbat Morning Serice from Siddur Lev Shalem at the Rabbinical Assembly website. Please respect their copyright by not using the PDF after April 2020.

2. Please download and print Laasok b'divrei Torah and the Non-minyan Mourner's Kaddish (from Siddur Lev Shalem).

3. You'll want to have a Chumash, Tikkun, Tanach, or Bible. Alternatively, you can print this week's readings by following the instructions here.

4. Virtual Kiddush: Please bring some food so that, after the services, we can watch you eat.

If you need help, please drop a note to Email will not be answered during services.

order of service with page numbers

  Siddur Sim Shalom for Shabbat and Festivals ("SLIM Shalom" -- blue cover) Siddur Sim Shalom (for Shabbat, Festivals, and Weekdays -- gray spine) Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat & Festivals Daily Prayer Book -- Ha-Siddur Ha-Shalem (Birnbaum, Hebrew Publishing) The Complete Artscroll Siddur -- Siddur Kol Yaakov (Weekday/Sabbath/Festival -- brown spine) Siddur Eit Ratzon (yellow cover)
Yotzeir 107 340 150 337 406 42
Shacharit Amida 115a/115b 354 159 349 420 58
B'rich sh'meih 139 396 170 365 436 76
Laasok b'divrei Torah Click to download
Torah Reading and Haftarah Click here for instructions on finding the chapter and verse, as well as the actual texts.
Mi Shebeirach for the ill Click to download
Mi Shebeirach for healthcare workers and others Click to download
D'var Torah and/or Torah discussion
Musaf Amida 156a/156b 430 185 391 462 90
Aleinu 183 510 205 413 480 104
Psalm TBA
Non-minyan Mourner's Kaddish (from Siddur Lev Shalem) Click to download


We thank the following for leading services:
Shacharit: Nos
Torah: Ellen
Haftarah for Shabbat haGadol: Miriam
DT: Marge
Musaf: Miram H-K

Adon Olam 187 514 211 423 12 108
After services, we will have a Virtual Pot Luck Kiddush. Please bring food to "share."

Virtual kaffeeklatsch

Brew up a hot cup of joe cuppa Sleepytime®, grab a carob-chunk cookie fresh from the oven, and settle in for a relaxed schmooze with your friends. Wednesday evening, 6 p.m.. (It's ok to come with your hair up in curlers and your face unshaven. We're all friends here.)

Joining the Kaffeeklatsch

Here's the link to join the meeting

The meeting ID is 211 423 004

Smartphone users -- get the ZOOM Cloud Meetings app:

Meeting ID: 211 423 004

Dial in, on any phone (audio only)
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 211 423 004

kaffeeklatsch schedule

        Mar 25, 2020 06:00 PM
        Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM
        (we don't klatsch during Passover)
        Apr 22, 2020 06:00 PM
        Apr 29, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 6, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 13, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 20, 2020 06:00 PM
        May 27, 2020 06:00 PM
        Jun 3, 2020 06:00 PM

iCalendar users can use this link to add the kaffeeflatsch to your calendar:

Who we are

Most of the people who daven with us belong to the West Side Minyan or Minyan Rimonim, which are two of the worship groups at Ansche Chesed, a Conservative congregation on the West Side of Manhattan, but everyone is invited to participate.

What is our practice? We are sensitive to the fact that this is distance davening. If we can see 10 adult Jews, we deem ourselves a minyan (quorum of ten). Since we don't have a Torah scroll, we chant Torah from a Chumash, but without aliyot or the usual blessings.If we don't have a minyan, we make appropriate modifications to the service, such as using "Prayer in Place of Mourner's Kaddish" from Siddur Lev Shaleim.