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Weekly Update: Shabbat Bereishit 5779

10/04/2018 11:21:16 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Bereishit 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush

has been sponsored by
Michael Mitzner and Tyler Crane,
in celebration of
Avi Colonomos' birthday


This week's delicious
Meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by
The Lebewohl Family
in memory of Jack's mother,
Ethel Lebewohl (עטיל ליבא בת יוסף).

This week's Shabbocktail
-the CBTini-
has been sponsored by
Rachel Feit
in celebration of
Dr. Elie Weiner's birthday

Seudah Shelishit 
has been provided by
The House


Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


6:13 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


6:15 PM

Repeat Shema After


7:01 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:15 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:51 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Mincha   6:00 PM
Seudah Shelishit   6:20 PM
Maariv   7:01 PM
Musical Havdalah   7:11 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 6:15 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us this Shabbat and enjoy a beautiful davening, thoughtful Torah study, and a wonderful community.

Tot Shabbat is this Shabbat! Children and their parents are invited to the first Tot Shabbat of 5779 this Shabbat, October 6th, featuring our newly hired Early Childhood Educator, Leat Klingman. Leat was born and raised in Israel and has taught in schools and synagogues in New York for the last 15 years. Leat brings professionalism and structure to our Tot Shabbat program which was parent led over the summer and received rave reviews. Please join us for open play in the Beit Medrash at 10 AM, followed by the formal Tot Shabbat program promptly at 10:45 AM. Parent participation and feedback helps us create a nurturing and educational environment for our youngest members--so join us on October 6th!



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 our Simchat Torah Honorees: Sam Jesselson (Chatan Torah), Zach Griff (Chattan Beraishit), and Jeremy Watman (Kol HaNearim).


We are grateful to all of our Simchat Torah sponsors:

  • Zach Dukoff, Alan "Bubbles" Schwartz, Daniella & Joseph Bedros, Shelly & Elie Yudewitz, Ke$het & Choni Bellino, Christina & Akiva Katz, Kristina & Daniel Gerschel, and Jonathan Falik, for sponsoring the Simchat Torah party
  • Alan "Bubbles" Schwartz, for sponsoring the Kid's dinner and Hakafot
  • Ananda & Jeremy Watman, for arranging the Kid's dinner and sponsoring the Super Secret Pre-Hakafot Coffee Kiddush
  • Dr. Ashira Lubkin, for organizing the Women's Torah Reading and Aliyot
  • The Lebewohl Family, for sponsoring the Yom Tov Candy Buffet
  • Susan Zilberman, for sponsoring the delicious Simchat Torah Kiddush


Kol Nidre Appeal: We are grateful to all those who have already paid their pledges. To pay your Kol Nidre pledge, click here, or send a check to: Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, New York, NY, 10003


Tanakh Yomi begins this Shabbat! Here's how it works: Follow the Torah reading every Shabbat, read approximately 3 chapters of Prophets/Writings Sunday thru Friday, and you will finish the entire Bible within a year. Click here for the Schedule. It includes the daily readings as well as several days after each book for rest and "catch-up." Please plan for your completion of Tanakh on Shabbat Nitzavim, September 29th, 2019.

Sixth Street Parents Committee: Our Sixth Street parents committee is planning a number of events for our youngest members and the larger community, and we want you to know about them! The Sixth Street Parents Google group is where events are publicized, meetings are called, and babysitters' contacts are shared. If you'd like to be added to the group, please email


ESHEL Shabbaton - October 12-13: Please join us next Shabbat (October 12-13), Parashat Noach, when we will host Eshel - an organization devoted to creating community and fostering acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews and their families within Orthodox communities. The weekend will include discussions led by Dr. Michelle Sarna, Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Miryam Kabakov (Eshel Executive Director), Rabbi Steve Greenberg (Eshel’s Founding Director), and other guests as they present and explore a variety of topics, including:

  • Are Yeshiva day schools changing? Eshel’s High School Pledge Project
  • Lessons learned from Parshat Noach
  • The Religious and Cultural Implications of LGBTQ Inclusion within Orthodox communities

A full schedule of services, meals, and study sessions will be made available shortly. If you can host a guest in your home, please email Eshel at

Torah Readers: We are looking for men who can prepare to read at Shabbat Mincha (and possibly at Shacharit during the week as well) throughout the year. A schedule of readers is being maintained. If you can commit to any dates, please contact Rabbi Bellino. We are grateful to Elie Yudewitz  who will read this week. The next available Mincha leining is on October 13th (the afternoon reading is Lech Lecha). We are looking for women to prepare aliyot for a Women’s Torah Reading  in the near future. Rabbi Bellino is happy to help anyone learn how to prepare a reading.

Recycling: Please make sure that all bottles, cans, and tins, are placed in the blue recycling bin in the social hall. We can be fined by the city for not separating out our garbage for recycling, and your help will save our maintenance staff a lot of work, and the synagogue some money.

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 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 Shabbat Kiddush for sponsorship is Shabbat Vayera, October 27th.


October 12-13 - Eshel Shabbaton

All are invited to attend a special weekend with members of the Eshel community; a weekend of learning, celebrating, and discussion about LGBTQ inclusion within Orthodoxy. 


October 16th - Rabbi Natan Slifkin Lecture: Rationalism vs. Mysticism
On Tuesday, October 16th, we will welcome Rabbi Natan Slifkin, noted author of several works exploring the interface of Torah and natural science, who will speak on the topic: Rationalism vs. Mysticism - Schisms in Traditional Jewish Thought.


October 12-13 - Eshel Shabbaton
October 16 - R. Natan Slifkin: Rationalism vs. Mysticism
October 19-20 - Shabbat Scholar: Dr. David Bernstein
October 24 - Presentation on Jewish Harlem by Justin Ferate
October 30 - Richard McBee: Imagining the Akeida
November 29 - Book Event: Dr. Malka Simkovich on Discovering Second Temple Literature



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.


RABBINIC STORY TELLING: A literary analysis of the stories told by the Rabbis of the Talmud.  Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.

SHACHARIT: Miriam Kaplan on Shacharit, the daily morning prayer. Shabbat, following Kiddush.




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

Hummus Vish at  59 East 8th Street

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place

Sushi Tokyo at 121 West 19th Street
Falafix at 96 Stanton


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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