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Weekly Update: Shabbat Lech Lecha 5779

10/18/2018 10:36:17 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Lech Lecha 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush

has been provided by
The House


This week's delicious
Meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by
Gloria Karpas
in celebration of
her 90th birthday


Seudah Shelishit 
has been sponsored by

Benay Reininger & Roslyn Blatt
in observance of the
yahrzeit of their father

Morris Edelstein
(משה יצחק בן אברהם)



Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


5:55 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


5:55 PM

Repeat Shema After


6:40 PM

Presentation by Dr. Bernstein:
"Living in an Uncertain World"


9:00 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:15 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:56 AM
Sermon by Dr. Bernstein   10:30 AM
Mincha   5:10 PM
Seudah Shelishit   5:30 PM
Maariv   6:40 PM
Musical Havdalah   6:50 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 5:55 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.

This Shabbat we welcome Dr. David Bernstein, the Dean of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide), as our Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence.


Speaking Schedule & Topics

Friday Night, 9:00 PM: 
"Living in an Uncertain World"

Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM: 
"Family Feud:
What The Relationship
of Avraham and Lot Might Say
to a Divided Community

Seudah Shelishit, 5:30 PM: 
Q & A with Dr. Bernstein

We are grateful to Ellen R. Cherrick and Alan Schwartz for sponsoring the Friday night Community Dinner.


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 Brina Breitbart & Moshe Teitz on their recent wedding.


Last week's Eshel Shabbaton was well attended and inspiring. We are thankful to: Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Miryam Kabakov, and Dana Friedman of Eshel, for their hard work in organizing the Shabbaton; Dr. Michelle & Rabbi Yehuda Sarna for their insights; and Alan Schwartz & Michael Sarid for their sponsorship.

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

Tot Shabbat This Shabbat! Children and their parents are invited to Tot Shabbat this Shabbat, October 20th, 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 20th!

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

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 Jeremy Watman who will read this week. The next available Mincha leining is on November 3rd (the afternoon reading is Toledot). 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.



Wednesday, October 24th (6:30 PM) - Jewish Harlem Lecture with Justin Ferate - The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy will host a slide presentation and lecture on Jewish Harlem. Your armchair tour will be presented by Urban Historian, Justin Ferate, well known and highly respected for his professional in-depth knowledge about the myriad aspects of New York City. RSVP please.

October 30th - Richard McBee: Imagining the Akeida 
The piety, devotion, and protest of the Akeida - the binding of Issac - have inspired many artisans to recreate this famous biblical scene. Join Richard McBee as he presents his "Top Ten List" of the classics as well as ten pieces of his own. Pizza and beer will be served. RSVP please.

November 8th - The Drawings, Paintings, and Torah of Jessica Tamar Deutsch
Join us as we celebrate and discuss the drawings, paintings and Torah of Jessica Tamar Deutsch, a New York based artist whose work explores the intersection of ancient Jewish practice and contemporary culture. Please RSVP on the event page.


November 8 - The Drawings, Paintings, and Torah of Jessica Tamar Deutsch
November 29 - Book Event: Dr. Malka Simkovich on Discovering Second Temple Literature
November 30 / December 1 - Shabbat Scholar Dr. Malka Simkovich
December 2 - First Night of Chanukah



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. Begins this week!

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




Downtown Community


October 22 - “The Podkamieners” — Featuring Sarah Kamaras

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is showing a series of poignant animated short films, in which our member and filmmaker Sarah Kamaras tells the stories of Holocaust survivors who were forced to flee their small town of Podkamien, Poland during World War II—and explores the history of her own family. Following a screening of her remarkable work, Kamaras is joined by Noah Lederman (author of A World Erased: A Grandson’s Search for His Family’s Holocaust Secrets) for a conversation about the “third generation.” Please see the Musuem's event page for more info and to register.

October 14-27 - "The Open Gate" at the Theater for the New City - Music by Arthur Abrams

Theater for the New City presents THE OPEN GATE, a musical adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel The Manor, on Sunday October 14th, at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue at 10th Street). Written and directed by David Willinger, THE OPEN GATE has music composed by our member Arthur Abrams and choreography by Michael Vazquez. The show will play a limited engagement through October 27th. Visit the theater's website for more info and tickets.

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

(212) 473-3665

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