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Weekly Update: Shabbat Chayei Sara 5779

11/01/2018 09:54:18 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Chayei Sara 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush

has been sponsored by
Shelly & Elie Yudewitz
in celebration of the Boston Red Sox'

4th World Series win this crazy century


This week's delicious

Dairy Kiddush
has been sponsored by 
Elly Kramer

in observance of the Yahrtzeit of
her beloved grandfather, 
Abraham Getzler
אברהם עבר בן יחזקאל וחוה

and by
The Orgel Family & Andy Gelfand
to mark the end of the shloshim
for Ira's father,
Eugene Orgel

ישראל יעקב בן מרדכי

Seudah Shelishit has been sponsored by
Zipporah & Jason Nagel
in memory of Zipporah's grandfather,
Ernest Kahn

יעקב בן יוסף הכהן
whose shloshim will be Sunday night


Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


5:33 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


5:35 PM

Repeat Shema After


6:23 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:15 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   10:04 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Mincha   5:20 PM
Seudah Shelishit   5:40 PM
Maariv   6:23 PM
Musical Havdalah   6:33 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 5:35 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 This Shabbat! Children and their parents are invited to Tot Shabbat THIS Shabbat, Parshat Chayei Sara, November 3rd, featuring our newly hired Early Childhood Educator, Leat KlingmanPlease 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 November 3rd!



In these tragic and scary times we stand with all those victimized by senseless hatred and fanaticism, at home, in Israel, and abroad. We offer condolences to the Tree of Life Synagogue community in Pittsburgh and pray for safety, healing, and peace. 

We share your sadness for the unspeakable loss in Pittsburgh, your anger at the social/political climate that enables such hatred, and your concern for our own community’s safety. Please click here for a full statement from our leadership.

We offer continued Blessings of Consolation to the Gerschel Family upon the passing of Daniel's beloved Grandmother, Rachel 'Mamita' Feldman.


We are grateful to Richard McBee for his presentation this past Tuesday night of artistic representations of the Akeidah.


Wednesday, November 7th - Rabbi Bellino continues his classes in Foundations of Shabbat (7:00 PM) and Literary Study of Talmudic Legends (8:00 PM).


Next Thursday, November 8th - 8:00 PM: 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.

The Downtown Community's yearly financial Eruv obligation is $36K. These funds are raised by several synagogues and institutions, as well by many individuals and families that make use of the Eruv. How much to give is certainly up to you, and any donation is appreciated. To give you some context: If 200 families/individuals were to give $180, this year's fundraising effort would be over. To make a payment, please do so here, or send in a check. Be sure to specify that this donation is for the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and for the Eruv.


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 Jeremy.

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 Newberger who will read this week. The next available Mincha leining is on November 10th (the afternoon reading is Vayetzei). 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 Toldot, November 10th.


November 29th - Book Event: Dr. Malka Simkovich on Second Temple Literature 
Please join us to celebrate the publication of Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich’s new book - Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism.Talks will be given by Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich (Drisha Faculty member and Professor of Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union) and Dr. Lawrence Schiffman
 (Professor of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at NYU). We'll explore the Jewish literature and communities of Alexandria and the Dead Sea Scrolls in Greek and Roman times, as Jews navigated as a minority through worlds dominated by powerful cultures. This event has been sponsored by Drisha, The Jewish Publication Society, and our synagogue.

November 30 / December 1 - Shabbat Scholar Dr. Malka Simkovich
Please join us on Shabbat Vayeshev (November 30 - December 1) when we welcome as our Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Malka Simkovich (Drisha Faculty member and Professor of Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union), who will speak on the Chanukah story for grown-ups, Joseph as hero of the Diaspora, and women's leadership in Orthodoxy. Please visit the event page for more details.


November 8 - The Drawings, Paintings, and Torah of Jessica Tamar Deutsch
November 10 - Special Seudah Shelishit / Musical Havdalah with Singalong for Kids
November 29 - Book Event: Dr. Malka Simkovich on Second Temple Literature
November 30 / December 1 - Shabbat Scholar Dr. Malka Simkovich
December 2 - Children's Pre-Chanukah Party - 10:30 AM

December 2 - First Night of Chanukah

December 23-27 - Drisha Winter Week of Learning



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

(212) 473-3665

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