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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayeitzei 5779

11/15/2018 11:20:19 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayeitzei 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush

has been sponsored by
Annie & Judah Watman
in celebration of
Jeremy's birthday


This week's delicious

Meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by 
The Lebewohl Family
in celebration of
Effie's birthday


Seudah Shelishit
has been
 provided by 
The House


Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


4:19 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


4:20 PM

Repeat Shema After


5:06 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:15 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:13 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Mincha   4:05 PM
Seudah Shelishit   4:25 PM
Maariv   5:06 PM
Musical Havdalah   5:17 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:20 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.

With the dramatic growth in our Shabbat attendance, most significantly on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, our Beit Midrash no longer adequately meets our needs. Moving forward, we plan to hold Shabbat services in our main sanctuary exclusively, for the foreseeable future.



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 Dana & Philippe Gerschel on the birth and naming of their daughter Ray (רחל).

Tot Shabbat THIS Shabbat! Children and their parents are invited to Tot Shabbat this Shabbat, Parshat Vayeitzei, November 17th, 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 17th!

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 to the office. If you send a check, be sure to specify that this donation is for the Eruv.


Shabbat Scholar Dr. Malka Simkovich - November 30-December 1: 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. There will be a Community Dinner on Friday night. For more details and to register for the dinner, please visit the event page.

Woman's Tefilla & Torah Reading - December 15th: All women are invited to join us on December 15th, Parshat Vayigash, for a Women's Tefilla and Torah Reading. If you would like a role such as reading the Torah, or have any questions, please email Tali Zilberman.


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 Elie Yudewitz who will read this week. The next available Mincha leining is on November 24th (the afternoon reading is Vayeshev). 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 Vayeshev, December 1st.


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. Please register on the event page.

November 30 / December 1 - Shabbat Scholar Dr. Malka Simkovich
In two weeks, on Shabbat Vayeshev, we welcome our next Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Malka Simkovich (Drisha Faculty member and Professor of Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union). For more details and to register for the Friday night dinner, please visit the event page.

December 2nd - Children's Chanukah Party
On Sunday, December 2nd, from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, we will be hosting our annual Children’s Chanukah Party. Join us in our social hall for food, fun, arts and crafts, and a holiday sing-along led by Rabbi Bellino. Please register on the website.


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 15 - Women's Tefillah & Torah Reading

December 23-27 - Drisha Winter Week of Learning
January 9 - Lecture: Robert Moses, Jane Jacobs and the Struggle for Lower Manhattan
January 20 - Hazon Tu B'Shvat Yom Iyun/Seder



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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