Weekly Update: Shabbat Yitro 5777

02/16/2017 10:01:36 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Yitro 5777




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


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

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.



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.






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.



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.






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.


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Sixth Street Community Synagogue

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325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003


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