Announcements

TOMORROW NIGHT! Tuesday Evening Lecture Series with Dr. Samuel Fleischacker

02/20/2017 06:02:51 PM

Feb20

 

Does It Matter Who Wrote The Torah?

What Would Maimonides Say?

A Talk by Dr. Samuel Fleischacker

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM, our own Dr. Samuel Fleischacker will talk with us about Maimonides' Eighth Principle of Faith - Divine Authorship of the Torah.

Famously, Maimonides says in his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Mishneh Torah that Moses wrote every word of the Torah at the dictation of God.  But Maimonides also says that God can't talk, and that anyone who thinks God can talk is an idolater. So what exactly does Maimonides mean by describing Moses as a scribe who wrote down God's words? 

Please join us as Dr. Fleischacker presents a philosophical approach to the proper understanding of Maimonides' views on the nature of revelation - empowering us to stand, once again, with Moses on Sinai.

Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.


About Dr. Fleischacker

Samuel Fleischacker is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU. He studied at Yale University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989.  He works in moral and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion. Among the issues that have particularly interested him are the moral status of culture, the nature and history of liberalism, and the relationship between moral and other values (aesthetic values, religious values, political values). His publications include The Ethics of Culture (Cornell, 1994), A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith (Princeton, 1999), On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion (Princeton, 2003), A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), What Is Enlightenment? (Routledge, 2012), and The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015). Professor Fleischacker has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.  He taught previously at Williams College.

Weekly Update: Shabbat Yitro 5777

02/16/2017 10:01:36 PM

Feb16
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Yitro 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

This week's delicious
 Meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by
The House

in honor of
Rabbi Dr. Avi Berkowitz.

 

Seudah Shelishit

has been provided
by The House.

 

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

5:15 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

5:15 PM

Repeat Shema After

6:16 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:28 AM
Rabbi Berkowitz Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 5:00 PM
Seudah Shelishit 5:20 PM
Maariv

6:06 PM

Musical Havdalah

6:16 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 5:15 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

This Shabbat we we welcome our beloved former Rabbi, Rabbi Dr. Avi Berkowitz, who will deliver the sermon. Rabbi Dr. Berkowitz holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialty in Middle East studies from Columbia University. He received his Rabbinical Ordination – yoreh yoreh yadin yadin – from Rabbi Aaron Soloveitchik.

 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.


We are especially grateful to our Building Manager and contractor, Vincenzo Aiosa, for his hard and efficient work on our kitchen. Be sure to thank him and his staff (Franklin and Romano) when you see them.

 

Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending

 

There are 23 days until Purim. If you would like to serve on the Committee for Purim Chaos, please speak to Rabbi Bellino.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or to co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for sponsorship is NEXT SHABBAT - Mishpatim - 2/25/2017.

 

The StuyTown Lottery is underway, creating a rare opportunity for eligible applicants to lock-in an affordable apartment in Stuyvesant Town. If you are interested, or know someone who would be interested, please visit the StuyTown lottery website for more info: www.stuytownlottery.com
 


 

Classes (will meet this week)

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

 

February 21 -  Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Our own Dr. Sam Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU, will discuss the issue of Divine Authorship of the Torah and Maimonides' views on revelation in a talk entitled: Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah? What Would Maimonides Say?

 

Our Annual Dinner will be held on March 6th, 2017. This year we will honor our Rabbi, Gavriel Bellino, and celebrate his ten years of service. Rabbi Bellino, along with his wife Cori Robinson, has sustained and revitalized our synagogue as well as the Downtown Jewish Community. He and his family are among our most valuable assets and it is with great pleasure that we will recognize the efforts they have made and the successes we have all shared on their account. Will you be able to celebrate our accomplishments and help us secure our future? Your support would be directly applied to the strengthening of a rebuilding community and the reinforcement and beautification of its 170 year old building. We remind you that any amount helps our efforts and lifts our spirits. Please RSVP here.

 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES
February 21 - Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah with Dr. Sam Fleischacker

March 6 - Shul Dinner
March 19—Downtown Va’ad General Meeting with Rabbi Sacks

 

 


 

Downtown Community


 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

IN ONE WEEK: Tuesday Evening Lecture Series with Dr. Samuel Fleischacker (Feb. 21)

02/14/2017 05:45:51 PM

Feb14

 

Does It Matter Who Wrote The Torah?

What Would Maimonides Say?

A Talk by Dr. Samuel Fleischacker

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

In one week, on Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM, our own Dr. Samuel Fleischacker will talk with us about Maimonides' Eighth Principle of Faith - Divine Authorship of the Torah.

Famously, Maimonides says in his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Mishneh Torah that Moses wrote every word of the Torah at the dictation of God.  But Maimonides also says that God can't talk, and that anyone who thinks God can talk is an idolater. So what exactly does Maimonides mean by describing Moses as a scribe who wrote down God's words? 

Please join us as Dr. Fleischacker presents a philosophical approach to the proper understanding of Maimonides' views on the nature of revelation - empowering us to stand, once again, with Moses on Sinai.

Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.


About Dr. Fleischacker

Samuel Fleischacker is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU. He studied at Yale University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989.  He works in moral and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion. Among the issues that have particularly interested him are the moral status of culture, the nature and history of liberalism, and the relationship between moral and other values (aesthetic values, religious values, political values). His publications include The Ethics of Culture (Cornell, 1994), A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith (Princeton, 1999), On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion (Princeton, 2003), A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), What Is Enlightenment? (Routledge, 2012), and The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015). Professor Fleischacker has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.  He taught previously at Williams College.

2017 Annual Dinner

02/13/2017 07:39:52 PM

Feb13

Dear Friends,

 

The Sixth Street Community Synagogue continues to flourish. Together, we have enjoyed meaningful and efficient services, serious and thoughtful learning (at all levels), fascinating speakers, well attended shabbatons, delicious kiddushes, and festive celebrations. We are indeed a center of downtown religious life.

 

Our Annual Dinner will be held on March 6th, 2017. This year we will honor our Rabbi, Gavriel Bellino, and celebrate his ten years of service. Rabbi Bellino, along with his wife Cori Robinson, has sustained and revitalized our synagogue as well as the Downtown Jewish Community. He and his family are among our most valuable assets and it is with great pleasure that we will recognize the efforts they have made and the successes we have all shared on their account.

 

Will you be able to celebrate our accomplishments and help us secure our future? Your support would be directly applied to the strengthening of a rebuilding community and the reinforcement and beautification of its 170 year old building. We remind you that any amount helps our efforts and lifts our spirits.

 

Please RSVP here (To see photos from last year's Dinner, click here).

If you cannot attend, we ask that you please join us in this fundraising initiative.

As always, you may mail in payment or pay on the website.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

 

 

2017 Dinner Committee
Kristina & Daniel Gerschel, Vivian Klaus, Joan Nachmani, Alan Schwartz

 

 

 


 

Weekly Update: Shabbat Beshalach (Shira) (Tu b'Shevat) 5777

02/09/2017 08:29:44 PM

Feb9
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Beshalach (Shira) (Tu b'Shevat) 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

This week's delicious
fruit and cake kiddush
has been sponsored by
Alan Schwartz

in observance of of the yahrzeit of his beloved grandparents,
Frimit & Mordechai Shlomo Konigsberg

and by

Alexia & Harris Marks
in celebration of the first birthday
of their son, Elijah Jonah's,
which is on Tu B'Shevat
.


Seudah Shelishit

has been sponsored by

Amir Koren
in observance of the yartzeit of
Avraham ben Yosef and
Yosef ben Nissan HaLevi.

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

5:06 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

5:05 PM

Repeat Shema After

6:08 PM

Dr. Secunda Lecture 8:00 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:33 AM
Dr. Secunda Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 4:55 PM
Seudah Shelishit 5:15 PM
Maariv

5:58 PM

Musical Havdalah

6:08 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 5:05 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.
 

This Shabbat, we welcome our Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, the Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College and author of the 'The Iranian Talmud'. Please join us over Shabbat for a fascinating series of talks and discussions related to  Tu B'Shevat and contemporary Modern Orthodoxy.


Talking Trees?
Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Friday Night, 8:00 PM

 

כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree:
A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM


Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century
Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM

 

 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.


We are grateful to Phil Kaplan,Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical stufent and talented musician, who served as our special guest ba'al tefillah this past Friday night.
 

We thank Ellen Cherrick and Alan Schwartz for their ongoing support of our Shabbat Scholar programs and for their sponsorship of this Friday night's Community Dinner. If you are interested in sponsoring an upcoming community dinner or event, please contact Rabbi Bellino or the synagogue office.
.

Congratulations to the winners of CholentFest IV!
Eydel Ladle Trophy: Texas Hold 'Em Cholent by Ellen Neuborne and Leslie Landis
People’s Choice Award: Crocky IV by Choni Bellino
Runner Up People’s Choice Award: Honey, Spice, and Everything Fleish by David Neuhaus
Best Decoration: Seven Species by Fern Penn
Best Innovative Cholent: Apple Bottom Crock; Boots with Da Fur by Cori "Cho Rida" RobinsonKeshet "Shawty" Bellino.


We are thankful for everyone who made the event such a success, including Rabbi Bellino, Eli Szus, all the chefs, the judges, and the more than 150 cholent tasters/aficionados. To see photos from before this event, click here.


We are especially grateful to our Building Manager and contractor, Vincenzo Aiosa, for his hard and efficient work on our kitchen. Be sure to thank him and his staff (Franklin and Romano) when you see them.

 

Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending

 

There are 30 days until Purim. If you would like to serve on the Committee for Purim Chaos, please speak to Rabbi Bellino.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or to co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for sponsorship is NEXT SHABBAT - Yitro - 2/18/2017.
 


 

Classes (will not meet this week)

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

 

February 21 -  Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Our own Dr. Sam Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU, will discuss the issue of Divine Authorship of the Torah and Maimonides' views on revelation in a talk entitled: Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah? What Would Maimonides Say?

 

Our Annual Dinner will be held on March 6th, 2017. This year we will honor our Rabbi, Gavriel Bellino, and celebrate his ten years of service. Rabbi Bellino, along with his wife Cori Robinson, has sustained and revitalized our synagogue as well as the Downtown Jewish Community. He and his family are among our most valuable assets and it is with great pleasure that we will recognize the efforts they have made and the successes we have all shared on their account. Will you be able to celebrate our accomplishments and help us secure our future? Your support would be directly applied to the strengthening of a rebuilding community and the reinforcement and beautification of its 170 year old building. We remind you that any amount helps our efforts and lifts our spirits. Please RSVP here.

 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES
February 18 - Sermon by Rabbi Avi Berkowitz

February 21 - Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah with Dr. Sam Fleischacker

March 6 - Shul Dinner
March 19—Downtown Va’ad General Meeting with Rabbi Sacks

 

 


 

Downtown Community


 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

IN TWO WEEKS: Tuesday Evening Lecture Series with Dr. Samuel Fleischacker (Feb. 21)

02/07/2017 07:41:54 PM

Feb7

 

Does It Matter Who Wrote The Torah?

What Would Maimonides Say?

A Talk by Dr. Samuel Fleischacker

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

On Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 PM, our own Dr. Samuel Fleischacker will talk with us about Maimonides' Eighth Principle of Faith - Divine Authorship of the Torah.

Famously, Maimonides says in his Commentary on the Mishnah and his Mishneh Torah that Moses wrote every word of the Torah at the dictation of God.  But Maimonides also says that God can't talk, and that anyone who thinks God can talk is an idolater. So what exactly does Maimonides mean by describing Moses as a scribe who wrote down God's words? 

Please join us as Dr. Fleischacker presents a philosophical approach to the proper understanding of Maimonides' views on the nature of revelation - empowering us to stand, once again, with Moses on Sinai.

Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.


About Dr. Fleischacker

Samuel Fleischacker is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU. He studied at Yale University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989.  He works in moral and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, aesthetics and the philosophy of religion. Among the issues that have particularly interested him are the moral status of culture, the nature and history of liberalism, and the relationship between moral and other values (aesthetic values, religious values, political values). His publications include The Ethics of Culture (Cornell, 1994), A Third Concept of Liberty: Judgment and Freedom in Kant and Adam Smith (Princeton, 1999), On Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations: A Philosophical Companion (Princeton, 2003), A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004), Divine Teaching and the Way of the World (Oxford, 2011), What Is Enlightenment? (Routledge, 2012), and The Good and the Good Book (Oxford, 2015). Professor Fleischacker has been a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Edinburgh University, and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.  He taught previously at Williams College.

LAST CALL to RSVP!! Community Dinner with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Shai Secunda

02/07/2017 11:52:00 AM

Feb7

This Shabbat, Parashat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat, February 10-11, we welcome our next Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College and author of 'The Iranian Talmud'.

Please join us on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner. You'll enjoy a delicious dinner, time spent with friends old and new, and an opportunity to sample delicious, high-quality wines.

And join us as well over Shabbat for a fascinating series of talks and discussions on both Tu B'Shevat in it's historical context, and contemporary Modern Orthodoxy (see schedule below).

Reservations for the dinner should be made by today, Tuesday, February 7th!
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:05 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:30 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 8:00 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 5:15 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 8:00 PM:
Talking Trees? Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree: A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM:
Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America


Dr. Shai Secunda

Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Department of Religion. He earned his PhD at Yeshiva University, and then held posts at Yale and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on classical Judaism and its interactions with other traditions and on the Talmud's Iranian context, (his book The Iranian Talmud, has recently been released in paperback). He writes regularly on Jewish scholarship and popular culture for the Jewish Review of Books.

 

 

CholentFest Resuts

02/06/2017 08:41:49 PM

Feb6

Congratulations to the winners of CholentFest IV!

 

Eydel Ladle Trophy:
Texas Hold 'Em Cholent by Ellen Neuborne and Leslie Landis
Prize: $50 kitchen supplies gift card

 

People’s Choice Award:
Crocky IV by Choni Bellino

Prize: $50 kitchen supplies gift card

 

Runner Up People’s Choice Award:
Honey, Spice, and Everything Fleish by David Neuhaus

 

Best Decoration:
Seven Species by Fern Penn
Prize: $50 kitchen supplies gift card

 

Best Innovative Cholent:
Apple Bottom Crock; Boots with Da Fur by Cori "Cho Rida" Robinson & Keshet "Shawty" Bellino

 

We are grateful to everyone who made the event possible!

 

  • Rabbi Gavriel Bellino for his creativity and love of labor in producing the event.
  • Eli Szus for sponsoring prizes and supplies, producing the event and bedazzling the new trophy.
  • All the chefs who shared their delicious and innovative cholents with us and decorated their tables.

    Crocky IV by Choni Bellino
    Sausage Party by Gavriel Bellino and Starring NY Brat Factory
    Canadian Bacon Chulent by Aliyah & Michael Gluckstadt
    North African Cholent by Maurice Goldstein & Marc Zegen
    Mexican Vegetarian Chili by Phyllis Liberman
    Ex-Tremé by Harris Marks
    Texas Hold 'Em Cholent by Ellen Neuborne & Leslie Landis
    Honey, Spice, and Everything Fleish by David Neuhaus
    Seven Species by Fern Penn
    Apple Bottom Crock; Boots wit da Fur by Cori "Cho Rida" Robinson
    & Ke$het “Sho’ty” Bellino
    Gluten Free Surprise by Chaim Shechtman
    Chimney by Eli Szus
    Experimental Cholent IV by David Waxman

  • Our tasting judges: Joseph Bedros, Avi Beluca, Dr. Laura Van Metre Baum
  • Our artistic judges: Meredith Spector and Ariel Matityahu
  • Tali Zilberman and Henry Frank for handing out tickets.
  • Dr. Leora Walter for engraving the new trophy.
  • Sarah Kamaras for helping with the setup.
  • The more than 150 cholent tasters/afficionados.

 

To see photos from before this event, click here.

 

THIS SHABBAT!! Community Dinner with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Shai Secunda

02/05/2017 08:05:51 PM

Feb5

This Shabbat, Parashat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat, February 10-11, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College and author of 'The Iranian Talmud'.

Please join us on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner. And join us as well over Shabbat for a fascinating series of talks and discussions on both Tu B'Shevat in it's historical context, and contemporary Modern Orthodoxy (see schedule below).

Reservations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday, February 7th.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:05 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:30 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 8:00 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 5:15 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 8:00 PM:
Talking Trees? Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree: A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM:
Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America


Dr. Shai Secunda

Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Department of Religion. He earned his PhD at Yeshiva University, and then held posts at Yale and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on classical Judaism and its interactions with other traditions and on the Talmud's Iranian context, (his book The Iranian Talmud, has recently been released in paperback). He writes regularly on Jewish scholarship and popular culture for the Jewish Review of Books.

 

 

Weekly Update: Shabbat Bo 5777

02/02/2017 10:28:52 PM

Feb2
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Bo 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

This week's delicious
Cholent Kiddush
has been provided b
y

the 14 CholentFest contestants.

 

This week's Shabeer Supply
has been provided by
Rabbi Gavriel Bellino
in honor of Cholent.

 

Seudah Shelishit

has been sponsored by

Richard McBee
in celebration of
the 29th anniversary
of the first time he walked into a shul
.

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

4:57 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

5:00 PM

Repeat Shema After

6:00 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:33 AM
Sermon 10:30 AM
CholentFest 11:30 AM
Mincha 4:45 PM
Seudah Shelishit 5:05 PM
Maariv

5:50 PM

Musical Havdalah

6:00 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 5:00 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

This Friday Night we will welcome Phil Kaplan who will serve as our special guest ba'al tefillah. Phil is a student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and a talented musician.

 

Our Children's Shabbat Program (Kommunity Kinderlach) will meet this Shabbat.
The program is geared toward children 2-5 years of age. Children younger than 2 are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a parent. It begins at 10:15 AM and continue until the end of services. For more information, please contact us.
 

This Shabbat is Cholentfest! Who will challenge last year's winner of the CholentFest Eydel Ladle and claim the ladle and the respect of their peers? Please join us at Kiddush as we taste 14 potentially delicious cholents. This is NOT a cholent eating contest.

 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.


We wish a Mazal Tov to Katie Brown & Jonathan Vigdorchik on their recent wedding..

 

We are especially grateful to our Building Manager and contractor, Vincenzo Aiosa, for his hard and efficient work. Be sure to thank him and his staff (Franklin and Romano) when you see them.

 

Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending

 

There are 37 days until Purim. If you would like to serve on the Committee for Purim Chaos, please speak to Rabbi Bellino.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or to co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for sponsorship is Shabbat Yitro - 2/18/2017.
 


 

Classes (will meet this week)

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 


NEXT SHABBAT- Please join us on Shabbat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat (February 10-11), as we  welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College.

 

Talking Trees?
Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Friday Night, 8:00 PM

 

כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree:
A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM


Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century
Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM

 

There will be a delicious Friday night community dinner in the Social Hall.  
RSVP and payment are required by February 7th.

Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

Please email info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org if you need financial assistance.

 

February 21 -  Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Our own Dr. Sam Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU, will discuss the issue of Divine Authorship of the Torah in a talk entitled: Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah? What Would Maimonides Say?

 

 

Our Annual Dinner will be held on March 6th, 2017. This year we will honor our Rabbi, Gavriel Bellino, and celebrate his ten years of service. Rabbi Bellino, along with his wife Cori Robinson, has sustained and revitalized our synagogue as well as the Downtown Jewish Community. He and his family are among our most valuable assets and it is with great pleasure that we will recognize the efforts they have made and the successes we have all shared on their account. Will you be able to celebrate our accomplishments and help us secure our future? Your support would be directly applied to the strengthening of a rebuilding community and the reinforcement and beautification of its 170 year old building. We remind you that any amount helps our efforts and lifts our spirits. Please RSVP here.

 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES
February 5 - Mega Challah Bake

February 11 - Tu B'Shevat with Dr. Shai Secunda

February 21 - Who Wrote the Torah with Dr. Sam Fleishacker

March 6 - Shul Dinner
March 19—Downtown Va’ad General Meeting with Rabbi Sacks

 

 


 

Downtown Community


 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

2017 Annual Dinner

02/02/2017 02:45:33 PM

Feb2

Dear Friends,

 

The Sixth Street Community Synagogue continues to flourish. Together, we have enjoyed meaningful and efficient services, serious and thoughtful learning (at all levels), fascinating speakers, well attended shabbatons, delicious kiddushes, and festive celebrations. We are indeed a center of downtown religious life.

 

Our Annual Dinner will be held on March 6th, 2017. This year we will honor our Rabbi, Gavriel Bellino, and celebrate his ten years of service. Rabbi Bellino, along with his wife Cori Robinson, has sustained and revitalized our synagogue as well as the Downtown Jewish Community. He and his family are among our most valuable assets and it is with great pleasure that we will recognize the efforts they have made and the successes we have all shared on their account.

 

Will you be able to celebrate our accomplishments and help us secure our future? Your support would be directly applied to the strengthening of a rebuilding community and the reinforcement and beautification of its 170 year old building. We remind you that any amount helps our efforts and lifts our spirits.

 

Please RSVP here. (To see photos from last year's Dinner, click here.

If you cannot attend, we ask that you please join us in this fundraising initiative.

As always, you may mail in payment or pay on the website.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

 

 

2017 Dinner Committee
Kristina & Daniel Gerschel, Vivian Klaus, Joan Nachmani, Alan Schwartz

 

 

 


 

NEXT SHABBAT! Community Dinner with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Shai Secunda

02/01/2017 03:29:33 PM

Feb1

In only one week, on Shabbat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat, February 10-11, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College and author of 'The Iranian Talmud'.

Please join us on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner. And join us as well over Shabbat for a fascinating series of talks and discussions on both Tu B'Shevat in it's historical context, and contemporary Modern Orthodoxy (see schedule below).

Reservations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday, February 7th.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:05 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:30 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 8:00 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 5:15 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 8:00 PM:
Talking Trees? Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree: A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM:
Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America


Dr. Shai Secunda

Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Department of Religion. He earned his PhD at Yeshiva University, and then held posts at Yale and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on classical Judaism and its interactions with other traditions and on the Talmud's Iranian context, (his book The Iranian Talmud, has recently been released in paperback). He writes regularly on Jewish scholarship and popular culture for the Jewish Review of Books.

 

 

Classes Tonight!

02/01/2017 01:01:27 PM

Feb1

Foundations of Hebrew, Foundations of Shabbat, and the class on Sufi Jews, will all meet tonight, Wednesday, February 1.

6:30 PM - Foundations of Hebrew Reading
7:00 PM - Foundations of Shabbat
8:00 PM - Sufi Jews: Judaism's Encounter with Islamic Mysticism

Source material for the Foundations classes can be found here.
For the class on Sufi Jews, please click here.

Weekly Update: Shabbat Vaera 5777

01/26/2017 09:25:06 PM

Jan26
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Vaera 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

This week's delicious meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by:

Brenda Pace

in observance of
the yahrtzeit of her father,
Dr. Martin Kaye

ר' מרדכי יהודה ב"ר דוד
 

Shelly & Elie Yudewitz
in celebration of
Shelly's birthday

Jade Bailey-Assam & Dr. Jeremy Block
in celebration of
the Aufruf of Jonathan Vigdorchik
and his upcoming marriage to
Katie Brown

 

Seudah Shelishit

has been provided by the House.

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

4:49 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

4:50 PM

Repeat Shema After

5:52 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:40 AM
Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 4:35 PM
Seudah Shelishit 4:55 PM
Maariv

5:42 PM

Musical Havdalah

5:52 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:50 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

This Shabbat we celebrate the Aufruf of our friend, Jonathan Vigdorchik, is advance of his wedding to Katie Brown. Mazal Tov!.

 

Our Children's Shabbat Program (Kommunity Kinderlach) will meet this Shabbat.
The program is geared toward children 2-5 years of age. Children younger than 2 are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a parent. It begins at 10:15 AM and continue until the end of services. For more information, please contact us.

 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.


We wish an anticipatory Mazal Tov to Katie Brown & Jonathan Vigdorchik on their upcoming wedding. יעלה הזיווג יפה ותבנו בית נאמן בישראל

 

We offer Blessings of Consolation to the Hammerschlag family on the passing of Mildred Hammerschlag. שבת היא מלזעוק ונחמה קרובה לבוא

 

Shiva will be observed on Friday (1/27) from 10 AM - 1 PM
will be observed at North Shore Towers,
26910 Grand Central Parkway, Queens, NY, Building 3, Apt 19L.

 

Shiva will also be observed at 160 W 12th Street, New York, NY
Saturday, (1/28) from 6 - 9 PM.
Sunday (1/29) from 10 AM - 12 PM and 1 - 8 PM.

 

Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending.

 

We are in the process of significant repairs to our kitchen. Kitchen access is restricted to our Kiddush helpers. We are especially grateful to our Building Manager and contractor, Vincenzo Aiosa, for his hard and efficient work. Be sure to thank him and his staff when you see them.

 

There are 44 days until Purim. If you would like to serve on the Committee for Purim Chaos, please speak to Rabbi Bellino.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or to co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for sponsorship is Shabbat Bo - 2/4/2017.
 


 

Classes (will meet this week)

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

 

NEXT SHABBAT: Shabbat Bo, February 4 - Cholentfest!

Challenge last year's winner of the CholentFest Eydel Ladle to claim the ladle and the respect of your peers. Taste all the delicious cholents at Kiddush on February 4. Email Eli Szus to sign up as a chef and to get the preparation info. This is NOT a cholent eating contest.

February 5 - Kids Challah Bake!

Join over 1000 Jewish children from across NYC for a day of unity and inspiration and "loaves" of fun as we roll up our sleeves together to bake Challah, for ourselves and for children in need. On Sunday, February 5, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, we will be joining the Mega Kids Challah Bake at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown. For more info and to register, please go to the Kids Challah Bake website. Registration is $15/child. When you do register, please click the name of our synagogue on the drop-down menu on the reservation page.

 

Please join us in 2 weeks, on Shabbat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat (February 10-11), as we  welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College.

 

Talking Trees?
Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Friday Night, 8:00 PM

 

כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree:
A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM


Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century
Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM

 

There will be a delicious Friday night community dinner in the Social Hall.  
RSVP and payment are required by February 7th.

Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

Please email info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org if you need financial assistance.

 

February 21 -  Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Our own Dr. Sam Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU, will discuss the issue of Divine Authorship of the Torah in a talk entitled: Does It Matter Who Wrote the Torah? What Would Maimonides Say?

 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES

February 4 - Cholentfest!!

February 5 - Mega Challah Bake

February 11 - Tu B'Shevat with Dr. Shai Secunda

February 21 - Who Wrote the Torah with Dr. Sam Fleishacker

March 6 - Shul Dinner

 


 

Downtown Community

 

Victor Attar will be performing GOLGOTHA, a one man show which highlights the unique experiences of Sephardic and Ladino-speaking Jewish people who survived the Holocaust,
at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (74a East 4th Street). The performances will be from January 26 - 29, coinciding with World Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27. Tickets start as low as $10. For more information: 
http://lamama.org/golgotha.
 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

IN 2 WEEKS! Shabbat/Tu B'Shevat Scholar-in-Residence - Dr. Shai Secunda

01/26/2017 12:03:31 PM

Jan26

In only two weeks, on Shabbat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat, February 10-11, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College.

Please join us over Shabbat for a fascinating series of talks and discussions on both Tu B'Shevat in it's historical context, and contemporary Modern Orthodoxy (see schedule below). And please join us as well on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner.

Reservations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday, February 7th.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:05 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:30 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 8:00 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 5:15 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 8:00 PM:
Talking Trees? Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree: A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM:
Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America


Dr. Shai Secunda

Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Department of Religion. He earned his PhD at Yeshiva University, and then held posts at Yale and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on classical Judaism and its interactions with other traditions and on the Talmud's Iranian context, (his book The Iranian Talmud, has recently been released in paperback). He writes regularly on Jewish scholarship and popular culture for the Jewish Review of Books.

 

 

IN 3 WEEKS: Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence - Dr. Shai Secunda

01/20/2017 11:55:24 AM

Jan20

In three weeks, on Shabbat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat, February 10-11, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College.

Please join us over Shabbat for a fascinating series of talks and discussions on both Tu B'Shevat in it's historical context, and contemporary Modern Orthodoxy (see schedule below). And please join us as well on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner.

Reservations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday, February 7th.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 5:05 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:30 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 8:00 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 5:15 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 8:00 PM:
Talking Trees? Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree: A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM:
Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America


Dr. Shai Secunda

Shai Secunda is Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College, where he teaches in the Religion Department. He earned his PhD at Yeshiva University, and then held posts at Yale and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on classical Judaism and its interactions with other traditions and on the Talmud's Iranian context, (his book The Iranian Talmud, has recently been released in paperback). He writes regularly on Jewish scholarship and popular culture for the Jewish Review of Books.

 

 

Weekly Update: Shabbat Shemot 5777

01/19/2017 09:47:50 PM

Jan19
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Shemot 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

antiThis week's delicious meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by
Daniella Krieger & Joseph Bedros
in gratitude to the welcoming and supportive
Sixth Street Community
and in celebration of their engagement.

 

This week's Shabeer supply
has been provided by

Harris Marks and Mike Miles
in anticipation of
the Patriots' loss to the Steelers.

 

Seudah Shelishit

has been provided by the House.

 

.

 

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

4:40 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

4:40 PM

Repeat Shema After

5:44 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:41 AM
Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 4:30 PM
Seudah Shelishit 4:50 PM
Maariv

5:34 PM

Musical Havdalah

5:44 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:40 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

 


News

se tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.

 

We wish a Mazal Tov to Daniella Krieger & Joseph Bedros upon their engagement. יעלה הזיווג יפה ותבנו בית נאמן בישראל

 

We wish a Mazal Tov to Caroline Berti & Elliot Knapp who were married this past Sunday. יעלה הזיווג יפה ותבנו בית נאמן בישראל

 

We wish Refua Shelaima to our friend Josh Siderowitz. שבת היא מלזעוק ורפואה קרובה לבוא

 

Last week's Scholar-in-Residence Shabbaton was a wonderful and enlightening experience.
We are especially thankful to our hardworking
Education Committee, our generous dinner sponsors, as well as to the inimitable Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman for her scholarship and friendship.

 

We are grateful to Elissa Sampson and Jonathan Boyarin for all their work in arranging this past Tuesday night's lecture by Ruth von Bernuth on her new book "How the Wise Men Got
to Chelm."

 

We are grateful to Rav David Bigman of Yeshivat Maaleh Gilboa for his thought provoking Thursday night class.


Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending.

 

There are 51 days until Purim. If you would like to serve on the Committee for Purim Chaos, please speak to Rabbi Bellino.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for sponsorship is Shabbat Vaera - 1/28/2017.
 


 

Classes (will meet this week)

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

 

Shabbat Bo, February 4 - Cholentfest!

Challenge last year's winner of the CholentFest Eydel Ladle to claim the ladle and the respect of your peers. Taste all the delicious cholents at Kiddush on February 4. Email Eli Szus to sign up as a chef and to get the preparation info. This is NOT a cholent eating contest.

February 5 - Kids Challah Bake!

Join over 1000 Jewish children from across NYC for a day of unity and inspiration and "loaves" of fun as we roll up our sleeves together to bake Challah, for ourselves and for children in need. On Sunday, February 5, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, we will be joining the Mega Kids Challah Bake at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in midtown. For more info and to register, please go to the Kids Challah Bake website. Registration is $15/child. When you do register, please click the name of our synagogue on the drop-down menu on the reservation page.

 

February 10-11 - Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence

Please join us in 3 weeks, on Shabbat Beshalach/Tu B'Shevat (February 10-11), as we  welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Shai Secunda, Jacob Neusner Associate Professor of Judaism at Bard College.

 

Talking Trees? Rabbis, Manichaeans, and Other Strange Birds

Friday Night, 8:00 PM
 

כי האדם עץ השדה - Each Person a Tree: A Short History of a Tall Metaphor

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM


Eastern Orthodox: A Discussion of 21st Century Modern Orthodoxy in Israel and North America

Seuda Shelishit, 5:15 PM

 

There will be a delicious Friday night community dinner in the Social Hall.  
RSVP and payment are required by February 7th.

Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180


Please email info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org if you need financial assistance.

 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES

February 4 - Cholentfest!!

February 5 - Mega Challah Bake

February 11 - Tu B'Shevat with Dr. Shai Secunda

February 21 - Who Wrote the Torah with Dr. Sam Fleishacker

 


 

Downtown Community

 

Victor Attar will be performing GOLGOTHA, a one man show which highlights the unique experiences of Sephardic and Ladino-speaking Jewish people who survived the Holocaust,
at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (74a East 4th Street). The performances will be from January 26 - 29, coinciding with World Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27. Tickets start as low as $10. For more information: 
http://lamama.org/golgotha.
 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

TOMORROW NIGHT: An Evening with Rav David Bigman

01/18/2017 02:26:32 PM

Jan18

An Evening with
Rav David Bigman

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Please join us tomorrow night, Thursday, January 19, at 7:30 PM, for an evening of learning with Rav David Bigman, Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa.
Rav Bigman will be discussing "Are Doors and Locks Always Legitimate: A Halachik-Conceptual Analysis".

Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.


About Rav Bigman

Rav Bigman was born in 1954 and studied in the Beit Midrash in Skokie, Illinois, with Rabbi Aryeh Bakst in Detroit and in Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. He received his B.A. in Economics with honors from Wayne State University. In 1976 he made aliyah and moved to Kibbutz Maale Gilboa, where he is a member to this day. In Israel, Rabbi Bigman has served in the army, studied in Yeshivat Merkaz Harav and in Yeshivat Netzech Yisrael (with Rabbi Yisroel Zev Gustman) and received smicha at Mechon Ariel in Haifa.
From 1983 until 1988, Rabbi Bigman served as the Rabbi of Kibbutz Maale Gilboa and from 1987 until 1992 he served as Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivat haKibbutz HaDati Ein Tzurim. He was one of the founders of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati laBanot (which later became Midreshet haBanot b'Ein Hanatz"iv). He is active in issues pertaining to society and halacha, including Mesuravei Get, the organization Maaglei Tzedek, and dialogue between secular and religious Israelis.

Classes Tonight!

01/18/2017 01:09:33 PM

Jan18

Foundations of Hebrew, Foundations of Theology, and the class on Sufi Jews, will all meet tonight, Wednesday, January 18.

6:30 PM - Foundations of Hebrew Reading
7:00 PM - Foundations of Shabbat
8:00 PM - Sufi Jews: Judaism's Encounter with Islamic Mysticism

Source material for the Foundations classes can be found here.
For the class on Sufi Jews, please click here.

Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayechi 5777

01/12/2017 11:56:48 PM

Jan12
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayechi 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

This week's delicious dairy Kiddush
has been sponsored by
Dr. Ira Orgel & Andy Gelfand

in observance of the 22nd yahrtzeit

of Andy's grandfather,

Dr. Maxwell Gelfand

אלימלך בן הרב משה חיים

 

and by
Eli Szus

in celebration of his birthday
and his return from Cuba

 

This week's Shabbocktail

- the Cuba Libre -

has been provided by
The House

in honor of Eli Szus

Seudah Shelishit

has been sponsored by

Phoebe & Richard McBee
in observance of the 17th yahrtzeit
of Phoebe's mother,

Adele Zablow

שרה בת נתן

.

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

4:32 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

4:35 PM

Repeat Shema After

5:37 PM

Dr. Barack Fishman - Lecture 7:30 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:42 AM
Dr. Barack Fishman - Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 4:20 PM
Seudah Shelishit 4:40 PM
Maariv

5:27 PM

Musical Havdalah

5:37 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:35 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

This Shabbat we welcome Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman as our Shabbat Sholar. Dr. Barack Fishman is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She joins us in conjunction with the JOFA Conference 2017, which will be held on January 14-15, at Columbia University. Please visit the JOFA website for more details.

 

Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families

Friday Night, 7:30 PM
 

Gather Yourselves Together: Is Jewishness Still "Tribal"?

Shabbat Sermon, 10:30 AM

Being Jewish and Orthodox Today: Q & A with Dr. Fishman

 

Seudah Shelishit, 4:40 PM
 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.

 

We wish a Mazal Tov to Dr. Elisheva Diamond & Fred Strasser upon the birth of a son. תגדלוהו לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים

 

We wish an anticipatory Mazal Tov to Caroline Berti & Elliot Knapp who are getting married this Sunday. יעלה הזיווג יפה ותבנו בית נאמן בישראל

 

We offer Blessings of Consolation to our friend Avi Rosenberg, upon the passing of his mother, Carol Rosenberg. Avi is sitting shiva in Brooklyn, at 6910 Avenue U, Apartment 7D. שבת היא מלזעוק ונחמה קרובה לבוא

 

We wish Refua Shelaima to our friend Josh Siderowitz. שבת היא מלזעוק ורפואה קרובה לבוא


Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending.

 

There are 58 days until Purim. If you would like to serve on the Committee for Purim Chaos, please speak to Rabbi Bellino.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for co-sponsorship is Shabbat Vaera - 1/28/2017.
 


 

Classes (will meet this week)

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 PM - Book Talk: How the Wise Men Got to Chelm -
Stories of the limitlessly foolish Wise Men of Chelm are a staple of European and American Jewish literature. Dr. Ruth von Bernuth's new book How the Wise Men Got to Chelm provides a comprehensive survey of this Chelm literature and its Yiddish—and German—antecedents from the late Middle Ages through the Enlightenment and 19th-century nationalism. Please join us as Dr. von Bernuth will discus how literary Chelm has enabled writers to both entertain and highlight a variety of societal problems, a function that it continues to fulfill to this day. Pizza and Beer will be served. The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.

 

Thursday January 19, 7:00 PM - An Evening with Rav David Bigman

Join us as we learn with the brilliant Rav David Bigman, Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa. Pizza and beer will be served. The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.
 

Shabbat Bo, February 4 - Cholentfest!

Challenge last year's winner of the CholentFest Eydel Ladle to claim the ladle and the respect of your peers. Taste all the delicious cholents at Kiddush on February 4. Email Eli Szus to sign up as a chef and to get the preparation info. This is NOT a cholent eating contest.
 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES

January 17 - How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: Book Launch with Ruth von Bernuth and Jonathan Boyarin

January 19 - An Evening with Rav David Bigman

February 4 - Cholentfest!!

February 5 - Challah Bake

February 11 - Tu B'Shevat with Dr. Shai Secunda

 


 

Downtown Community

 

Please join Rabbi Bellino in his fundraising for the Downtown Eruv. The suggested amount per family is $180. (Obviously every bit helps!). To make a payment, please do so on the synagogue page, or send a check to: The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, New York NY 10003. Be sure to specify that this donation is for the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and for the Eruv. To see maps, click to the Manhattan Eruv website, or, check out facebook.com/DowntownNYCEruv

 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

NEXT WEEK - Book Talk: How the Wise Men Got to Chelm

01/11/2017 04:16:21 PM

Jan11

How the Wise Men Got to Chelm:
Book Talk with Dr. Ruth von Bernuth

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 


Stories of the limitlessly foolish Wise Men of Chelm are a staple of European and American Jewish literature. Dr. Ruth von Bernuth's new book How the Wise Men Got to Chelm provides a comprehensive survey of this Chelm literature and its Yiddish—and German—antecedents from the late Middle Ages through the Enlightenment and 19th-century nationalism. Please join us on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 PM as Dr. von Bernuth will discuss how literary Chelm has enabled writers both to entertain and highlight a variety of societal problems, a function that it continues to fulfill to this day.

Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.


About Dr. Ruth von Bernuth

Since 2008, Dr. Ruth von Bernuth has taught Medieval and early modern German and Yiddish literature and culture in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also the director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies. For a research project on Yiddish literature she was awarded a visiting fellowship in Jewish Studies from Yad Hanadiv and Beracha Foundation in Israel in 2011/12. In 2013 she was a Junior Fellow at Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald. Her second book, How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: The Life and Times of a Yiddish Folk Tradition, examines the multiple ways in which the Jewish story tradition of the “Wise Men of Chelm” came into being.

 

Classes Tonight!

01/11/2017 12:09:16 PM

Jan11

Foundations of Hebrew, Foundations of Theology, and the class on Sufi Jews, will all meet tonight, Wednesday, January 11.

6:30 PM - Foundations of Hebrew Reading
7:00 PM - Foundations of Shabbat
8:00 PM - Sufi Jews: Judaism's Encounter with Islamic Mysticism

Source material for the Foundations classes can be found here.
For the class on Sufi Jews, please click here.

LAST CALL to RSVP!! Community Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

01/10/2017 09:23:19 AM

Jan10

This Shabbat, Parashat Vayechi, January 13-14, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.
Dr. Fishman joins us in conjunction with the JOFA Conference 2017, which will be held on January 14-15, at Columbia University. See the JOFA website for more details.

Please join us over Shabbat for a stimulating series of talks and discussions on the state of contemporary American Judaism (see schedule below). And please join us as well on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner.

Registrations for the dinner should be made by today, Tuesday, January 10th!
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

Following dinner, at 7:30 PM, Dr. Fishman will talk with us about:
"Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families"

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 4:35 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:00 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 7:30 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 4:40 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 7:30 PM:
"Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families"

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
"Gather Yourselves Together: Is Jewishness Still "Tribal"?"

Seuda Shelishit, 4:40 PM:
"Being Jewish and Orthodox Today: Q & A with Dr. Fishman"


Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

Sylvia Barack Fishman is the Joseph & Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She is the author of eight books, including "Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution", and numerous articles on Jewish life, education and culture.

Professor Fishman received The Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, 2014; she received the Danforth Graduate Fellowship at Washington University, where she earned her Ph.D., and received the Samuel Belkin Memorial Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement from Yeshiva University, her undergraduate alma mater.

 

TOMORROW NIGHT! Bereishit and Creativity with Richard Borah & Richard McBee

01/09/2017 04:45:20 PM

Jan9

Bereishit and Creativity

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 • 12 Tevet 5777

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join us tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 10, as we welcome Rabbi Richard Borah, who will help us explore the central role of creativity in the Book of Genesis, in Torah law and practice, and in the decisions and actions of the Patriarchs.
Richard McBee, a contemporary painter of Jewish art, will provide an analysis of his Biblical paintings on Genesis, with guidance on how to look at a painting and how to encounter art in an enjoyable and impactful manner.

The program will draw from discussions, poems and paintings found in Rabbi Borah's new book “Creativity and the Jewish Soul”, which draws on ideas from scholars such as the Rambam, Rashi and Rabbi Soloveitchik, poetry from a broad spectrum including Yehuda HaLevi to Robert Frost and Rilke, and features contemporary paintings and annotations by Richard McBee, all contributing to a unique exploration of creativity and art from a Torah perspective.

Pizza and Beer will be served.
The event is free, but please register on the event page if you plan to attend.


About Richard Borah

Rabbi Richard Borah received smicha in 1991 from Rabbi Yisrael Chait, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Bnei Torah, located in Far Rockaway, New York. Rabbi Borah was the principal of the Torah Academy of Suffolk County in Commack, Long Island for ten years and has taught Torah subjects at various education institutions in the New York area. He is the founder and president of the Observant Artist Community Circle, a non-profit organization focused on developing the nexus between Jewish artists and Jewish scholars. Rabbi Borah recently published 3 books:

  1. “Yad on the Yad: 14 Essays on Maimonides Laws of Repentance”
  2. “Understanding the Lonely Man of Faith”- a Guide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s Essay”
  3. “The Rambam and the Rav on the 54 Portions of the Torah”.

All three texts are available through Amazon.com.

Rabbi Borah’s most recent effort is “Creativity and the Jewish Soul - An Analysis of the 12 Torah Portions of Genesis”. In this text, Rabbi Borah collaborates with Richard McBee, a contemporary artist whose paintings are featured in each of the book’s 12 essays on the weekly Genesis Torah portion. This book explores the central place of creativity within Judaism and Jewish thought.

About Richard McBee

Richard McBee is a painter of Biblical subject matter and writer on Jewish Art. From 2000 until 2014 he wrote about the Jewish Arts for the Jewish Press and continues to exhibit paintings, lecture and curate Jewish art exhibitions. He is a founding member of the Jewish Art Salon. His website, richardmcbee.com, exhibits over 300 of his artworks and 250 of his Jewish Art reviews.

2 Days Left to RSVP! Community Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

01/08/2017 09:56:19 PM

Jan8

This Shabbat, Parashat Vayechi, January 13-14, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.
Dr. Fishman joins us in conjunction with the JOFA Conference 2017, which will be held on January 14-15, at Columbia University. See the JOFA website for more details.

Please join us over Shabbat for a stimulating series of talks and discussions on the state of contemporary American Judaism (see schedule below). And please join us as well on Friday night for a delicious and social Community Shabbat Dinner.

Registrations for the dinner should be made by Tuesday, January 10th.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

Following dinner, at 7:30 PM, Dr. Fishman will talk with us about:
"Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families"

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 4:35 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:00 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 7:30 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 4:40 PM

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 7:30 PM:
"Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families"

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
"Gather Yourselves Together: Is Jewishness Still "Tribal"?"

Seuda Shelishit, 4:40 PM:
"Being Jewish and Orthodox Today: Q & A with Dr. Fishman"


Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

Sylvia Barack Fishman is the Joseph & Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She is the author of eight books, including Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution, and numerous articles on Jewish life, education and culture.
Professor Fishman received The Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, 2014; she received the Danforth Graduate Fellowship at Washington University, where she earned her Ph.D., and received the Samuel Belkin Memorial Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement from Yeshiva University, her undergraduate alma mater.

 

Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayigash 5777

01/05/2017 10:33:45 PM

Jan5
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayigash 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

 

This week's Friday Night Kiddush

has been sponsored by
Adina & Henry Frank
in celebration of Rebecca Belle's birthday.
Expect Franks in Blankets.

 

This week's delicious Meat Kiddush

and Shabeer Supply

have been sponsored by

Cariline Berti & Elliot Knapp
in celebration of Elliot's Ufruf.

 

Seudah Shelishit

has been provided by

The House.


 

.

 

Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

4:25 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

4:25 PM

Repeat Shema After

5:30 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:41 AM
Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 4:10 PM
Seudah Shelishit 4:30 PM
Maariv

5:20 PM

Musical Havdalah

5:30 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:25 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

Our Children's Shabbat Program (Kommunity Kinderlach) will meet this shabbat. The program will once again be led by the dynamic Sara Fliegelman. The Program is geared toward children 2-5 years of age. Children younger than 2 are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a parent. The group will begin at 10:15 AM and go until the end of services. For more information, please contact sixthstreetparents@gmail.com.

 

 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.

 

We are grateful to Dr. Samuel Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU, who delivered the sermon this past Shabbat.

 

Rabbi Bellino's Wednesday night classes have resumed. The next class is on Wednesday, January 11.

 

Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for co-sponsorship is next week, Shabbat Vayechi - 1/14/2017.
 


 

Classes

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

 

Bereishit and Creativity with Richard Borah and Richard McBee - January 10, 7 PM

Rabbi Richard Borah will explore the role of creativity in the Book of Genesis, in Torah law and practice, and in the decisions and actions of the Patriarchs. Richard McBee, a contemporary painter of Jewish art, will provide an analysis of his Biblical paintings on Genesis, with guidance on how to look at a painting and how to encounter art in an enjoyable and impactful manner.
Please visit the event page for more info and to register.

 

 

Please join us next week, Shabbat Vayechi (January 13-14), as we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. Dr. Fishman joins us in conjunction with the JOFA Conference 2017, which will be held on January 14-15, at Columbia University. Please visit the JOFA website for more details.

 

Friday Night, 7:30 PM:
Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM:
Gather Yourselves Together: Is Jewishness Still "Tribal"?

Seuda Shelishit, 4:40 PM:
Being Jewish and Orthodox Today: Q & A with Dr. Fishman

 

There will be a delicious Friday night community dinner in the Social Hall.  
RSVP and payment are required by Tuesday, January 10.

Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180


Please email info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org if you need financial assistance.


 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES

January 8 - Interfaith Play Date

January 10 -  Bereshit and Creativity with Richard McBee and Rabbi Richard Borah

January 13-14 - Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

January 17 - How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: Book Launch with Ruth von Bernuth and Jonathan Boyarin

February 4 - Cholentfest!!

February 5 - Challah Bake

 


 

Downtown Community

 

Please join Rabbi Bellino in his fundraising for the Downtown Eruv. The suggested amount per family is $180. (Obviously every bit helps!). To make a payment, please do so on the synagogue page, or send a check to: The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, New York NY 10003. Be sure to specify that this donation is for the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and for the Eruv. To see maps, click to the Manhattan Eruv website, or, check out facebook.com/DowntownNYCEruv

 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 

Upcoming Children's Events

01/04/2017 05:54:03 PM

Jan4



UPCOMING CHILDREN'S EVENTS


Children's Shabbat Program

We're happy to announce that the next Children's Shabbat Program will be held this week, Shabbat Vayigash, January 7th, 2017. The program will once again be led by the dynamic Sara Fliegelman.


The Children's Shabbat Program is geared toward children 2-5 years of age. Children younger than 2 are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a parent. The group will start at 10:15 AM and go until the end of services.


For more information, please contact sixthstreetparents@gmail.com.

 

Interfaith Play Date

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to an Interfaith Play Date this Sunday, January 8th, 2017. The play date is a chance to play, do art and eat together with kids from a wide range of religious congregations in the area, including Orthodox & Conservative, Catholic & Protestant, and Muslim.

The program takes place at the Medina Masjid, located at 401 East 11th Street (corner of 1st Avenue and E. 11th Street), and runs from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

For more information, please contact the synagogue: info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

 

Request for Children's Books

If anyone has children's books they no longer need (either religious or secular), please consider donating them to the synagogue.

Please contact the synagogue office to arrange the donation.

 
 

 

 

 

Classes Tonight!

01/04/2017 12:48:14 PM

Jan4

Foundations of Hebrew, Foundations of Theology, and the class on Sufi Jews, will all meet tonight, Wednesday, January 4.

6:30 PM - Foundations of Hebrew Reading
7:00 PM - Foundations of Shabbat
8:00 PM - Sufi Jews: Judaism's Encounter with Islamic Mysticism

Source material for the Foundations classes can be found here.
For the class on Sufi Jews, please click here.

IN ONE WEEK! Our Next Shabbat Scholar (January 13-14): Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

01/03/2017 01:18:21 PM

Jan3

Please join us next week, on Shabbat Vayechi, January 13-14, 2017, as we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.
Dr. Fishman joins us in conjunction with the JOFA Conference 2017, which will be held on January 14-15, at Columbia University. Please visit the JOFA website for more details.

This Shabbaton includes:

  • Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat at 4:35 PM
  • Friday night dinner in shul at 6:00 PM (RSVP and payment required),
  • Lecture at 7:30 PM (free – all are welcome),
  • Shabbat morning sermon at 10:30 AM
  • Q & A discussion at Seudah Shelishit at 4:40 PM

RSVP for the dinner by Tuesday, January 10.
Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180

 


Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 7:30 PM:
"Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families"

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
"Gather Yourselves Together: Is Jewishness Still "Tribal"?"

Seuda Shelishit, 4:40 PM:
"Being Jewish and Orthodox Today: Q & A with Dr. Fishman"


Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

Sylvia Barack Fishman is the Joseph & Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She is the author of eight books, including Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution, and numerous articles on Jewish life, education and culture.
Professor Fishman received The Marshall Sklare Award from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, 2014; she received the Danforth Graduate Fellowship at Washington University, where she earned her Ph.D., and received the Samuel Belkin Memorial Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement from Yeshiva University, her undergraduate alma mater.

 

Weekly Update: Shabbat Miketz 5777

12/30/2016 12:23:06 PM

Dec30
 


Weekly Update: Shabbat Miketz 5777

Bereshit

 

 
 

Shabbat Information

 

A delicious Kiddush

has been provided by

The House

 

 

Seudah Shelishit

has been provided by

The House


 

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Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before

4:20 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat

4:20 PM

Repeat Shema After

5:20 PM

Daf Yomi

8:15 AM

Shacharit

9:00 AM
Shema Before 9:40 AM
Sermon 10:30 AM
Mincha 4:05 PM
Seudah Shelishit 4:25 PM
Maariv

5:14 PM

Musical Havdalah

5:25 PM

 

See the shul calendar for davening times during the week and schedule of events.

 
 


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:20 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us and enjoy a beautiful davening, wonderful community, as well as a delicious Friday night Kiddush.

 

We are grateful to Dr. Samuel Fleischacker, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois-Chicago and currently a Berggruen Fellow at NYU, who will deliver the sermon
this Shabbat.

 

 


News

In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We pray for safety, healing, and peace.


The Children's Chanukah Puppy Party this past Monday evening was terrific fun. We thank everyone who came, and we thank Cori Robinson and Alexia Marks for their help in arranging the party. Please click here to see photos. In addition, we raised $350 for Social Tees Animal Rescue!

 

The next Children's Shabbat Program will be on Shabbat Vayigash, January 7th. 
For more information, please contact sixthstreetparents@gmail.com.

 

Rabbi Bellino's Wednesday night classes will resume next week on Wednesday, January 4.

 

As 2016 rapidly comes to a close, you may be planning your end-of-the-year charitable contributions. Please consider including the Sixth Street Synagogue in your year-end giving. To make a contribution, please go the synagogue’s donate page.This is also a great time to honor your open commitments to the synagogue and to pay any outstanding balances. To see if you have an outstanding balance, please check your account on the synagogue website. Please remember that in order to maximize your 2016 tax benefits, contributions must be made or sent by Saturday, December 31st.
If you have any questions about your account balance or can not access it online, please click here to email our office.
 

Please continue to assist our weekday morning Minyan. Consider increasing your commitment to community and synagogue by attending.

 

Our plentiful and delicious Kiddushes on Sixth Street greatly enhance our synagogue and community. To sponsor or co-sponsor a Friday night Kiddush, a Shabbat Kiddush, a Shabbocktail, our Shabbat Shabeer supply, or a Seudah Shelishit, contact Rabbi Bellino. The next available Kiddush for sponsorship is Shabbat Vayechi - 1/14/2017.
 


 

Classes

 

FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, and focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM.

 

SUFI JEWS: JUDAISM’S ENCOUNTER WITH ISLAMIC MYSTICISM: Approximately 400 years after the birth of Islam, some Jewish sages recommended Sufic ritual and thought. Rabbi Bellino will present the Medieval sages, Bahye Ibn Paquda and Abraham son of Maimonides, as well as Jewish-Sufic material from 16th Century Safed Pietism and Hassidut. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

 

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan will begin teaching a class on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.

 

THE BERDITCHIVER: Rabbi Bellino will present the Hasidic folklore and writings of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Shabbat, Seudah Shelishit.

 


 

Events

 

 

Bereishit and Creativity with Richard Borah and Richard McBee - January 10, 7 PM

Rabbi Richard Borah will explore the role of creativity in the Book of Genesis, in Torah law and practice, and in the decisions and actions of the Patriarchs. Richard McBee, a contemporary painter of Jewish art, will provide an analysis of his Biblical paintings on Genesis, with guidance on how to look at a painting and how to encounter art in an enjoyable and impactful manner.
Please visit the event page for more info and to register.

 

 

Please join us on Shabbat Vayechi (January 13-14) as we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, and Co-Director of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. Dr. Fishman joins us in conjunction with the JOFA Conference 2017, which will be held on January 14-15, at Columbia University. Please visit the JOFA website for more details.

 

Friday Night, 7:30 PM:
Diverse Faces of Contemporary Jewish Families

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM:
Gather Yourselves Together: Is Jewishness Still "Tribal"?

Seuda Shelishit, 4:40 PM:
Being Jewish and Orthodox Today: Q & A with Dr. Fishman

 

There will be a delicious Friday night community dinner in the Social Hall.  
RSVP and payment are required by Tuesday, January 10.

Student: $18 | Dinner: $36 | Sponsor: $180


Please email info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org if you need financial assistance.


 

Chessed on Sixth Street - Several of us utilize our Synagogue's kitchen to prepare meals for the Trinity Place Shelter. The shelter's mission is to help LGBTQ youth and young adults in New York City to safely transition out of the shelter system and grow into independent, positive, and productive adults. To financially support our efforts, please consider donating to the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund (Be sure to specify Shelter Meals in the note). The next meal will be prepared after the holidays. If you are interested in cooking, schlepping, or starting your own Chessed initiative, please contact Rabbi Bellino or Tali Zilberman.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES

January 8 - Interfaith Play Date

January 10 -  Bereshit and Creativity with Richard McBee and Rabbi Richard Borah

January 13-14 - Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman

January 17 - How the Wise Men Got to Chelm: Book Launch with Ruth von Bernuth and Jonathan Boyarin

February 4 - Cholentfest!!

February 5 - Challah Bake

 


 

Downtown Community

 

Our community's yearly financial Eruv obligation is $36k. This is not a burden that falls unto synagogues or institutions, but rather upon the many individuals and families that make use of the Eruv. As you consider your year-end charitable donations, won't you please consider a gift for the Eruv? The suggested amount per family is $180. (Obviously every bit helps!).

 

To make a payment, please do so on the synagogue page, or send a check to: The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, New York NY 10003. Be sure to specify that this donation is for the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and for the Eruv.

 

To be clear, were it not for the Eruv, we would not be allowed to push our children to synagogue, nor could we bring dessert and wine to the homes that we visit. I am fairly confident that the thought of a Shabbat without babies, cookies, or alcohol should inspire your generosity.

 

To see maps, click to the Manhattan Eruv website.

Or, check out facebook.com/DowntownNYCEruv

 

We are thrilled to have Ilana Gadish as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Ilana is available to answer questions related to Toharat Hamishpacha and may be reached by phone at (646) 598-1080 and by email. Click here to read the Va'ad's recent letter about her appointment.

 

There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Murray's Falafel at 261 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place.

The Promenade Sports Bar, 344 Third Avenue, is now completely Kosher (not just sushi). Please check them out ASAP.

 

We are proud to be a member synagogue of The Downtown Va'ad, an Orthodox rabbinic network intended to advance the welfare and flourishing of the Downtown community. Check out the Va'ad on Facebook for more information.

 

 


 

Feedback

 

We encourage your participation and insight. Feedback to Elie Yudewitz, Rabbi Bellino or the Shul Office would be most appreciated. Please contact us with any suggestions and/or concerns, or most importantly, to volunteer. You can also make suggestions here.

 

We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook to see more updates!

 

 

Sixth Street Community Synagogue

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.

 

Contact Us

 

325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

info@sixthstreetsynagogue.org

(212) 473-3665

Like us on Facebook

 
Thu, 23 February 2017 27 Shevat 5777