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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei (HaChodesh) 5780

03/19/2020 10:29:52 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayakhel-Pekudei (HaChodesh) 5780





Candle Lighting: 6:50 PM
Evening Shema After: 7:51 PM
Morning Shema Before: 10:00 AM
Morning Amida Before: 11:01 AM
Mincha After: 1:33 PM
Sunset: 7:41 PM
Havdala: 7:51 PM




The unfolding health crisis has caused many much concern and a sense of confusion, experiences undoubtedly exacerbated by our being separated from each other and our synagogue. We pray for swift resolution and healing.


All services and classes at Sixth Street Community Synagogue are suspended. The building is closed.


Thank you for partnering with us as we diligently follow the advice of our medical professionals and the laws of our officials, as we demonstrate to God that we value life above all.


To read a letter from several Manhattan Orthodox Rabbis concerning some guidelines in light of the unfolding health crisis, click here.


Despite this social distancing, it is our intention to replicate as much of the Sixth Street experience as possible.  It is very important to me that we look after each other and continue to maintain and even build our community, remotely. This means calling each other, reaching out on social media, and making sure that our friends and neighbors are adequately supported. Please email us if you need any contact information or if you can think of anyone that might require attention.


Please consider joining our Pre-Shabbat Lechaim at 6:00 PM on Friday.

Meeting ID: 113 314 477


I also have created this folder of custom Zoom backgrounds. Simply download the images, and adjust your virtual background on the Zoom app. These Sixth Street backgrounds will let your friends and family know where you proudly daven, study, and eat mini-hot-dogs. May we all return soon in good health.






We wish a Mazal Tov to the McBee Family upon the engagement of Julia McBee to Matt Hertzberg.


We wish a Mazal Tov to our friend, Rabbi Josh Yuter, upon his engagement to Estie Rosenblum.


2019 Tax Letter: You should have received a tax letter from us listing all of your 2019 tax-deductible contributions to the synagogue. If you have any questions about the statement, or feel that some contributions were not listed, please contact us at 212-473-3665, or email us.





As difficult as it is to fathom, Passover is just around the corner. Rabbi Bellino is in the process of compiling several resources to help you manage in advance of the upcoming holiday. For more information click the following links:

  • Passover Charity - In keeping with the spirit of empathy that Passover engenders, we prepare for Passover by assisting others in their preparation. Unfortunately, Passover will most likely look different this year. As we "socially distance" we must pay careful attention to simultaneously support those in need, especially within our own community. To donate, please visit the Passover Charity page.
  • Passover Preparation - The preparation page is very much in process, but for now contains links to a list of products that do not require special Passover supervision. There will be several Zoom classes devoted to Passover preparation. As always, we will be sure to apply Halacha authentically, but also with some flexibility in light of our current predicament. Please visit the Passover Preparation page for more information.
  • Hametz Sale: Neil Kitainik & Rabbi Bellino are working on a digital platform so that you may sell your hametz without leaving your home. We will email you when the Hametz Sale page goes live.





Our classes are being held on Zoom. For those of you who do not know, Zoom is a remote conferencing service that facilitates meetings online, by video and by phone. A useful instructional video may be found here. We strongly encourage you to download the free app to your phones and/or computers and then click the meeting links that we provide. If you do not have the technology to participate over the Internet, you may simply dial in. We will provide the links and numbers in a separate email as well as PDFs of any relevant class material.


PASSOVER PREPARATION: Join Rabbi Bellino as he teaches the basics of Passover cleaning, kashering, and shopping! Monday at 7:00 PM

Meeting ID: 958 122 310

Or Dial in: +1 929 436 2866 US


JEWISH ARTS SALON - ARTISTS' BEIT MIDRASH: Pardes is the Talmudic story of the search for mystical revelation. We will explore these Talmudic tales, mystical literature (Hekhalot) and other narratives of Divine encounters. Tuesdays, February 4 though March 31, 7:00-9:00 PM (Links to follow)


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 (Links to follow)




Downtown Community


We are thrilled to have Shifra Friedman as the Yoetzet Halacha for the downtown community. Yoetzet Shifra 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 our recent e-mail about her appointment.


There are several Kosher options in our neighborhood including:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place

Sushi Tokyo at 121 West 19th Street


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.


We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for much much more!

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.


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325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

(212) 473-3665

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Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781