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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayeshev 5779

11/29/2018 10:30:49 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayeshev 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush

has been provided by
The House


This week's delicious

Dairy Kiddush

has been sponsored by 
Phyllis & Barnet Liberman

in celebration of their
37th wedding anniversary


Seudah Shelishit
has been
 sponsored by
Ellen R. Cherrick

in memory of her grandfather,
Maurice H. Katz, z'l,
Moshe Chaim ben Yosef Yehudah HaCohen's 79th Yahrzeit -
the first night of Chanukah


Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


4:11 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


4:10 PM

Repeat Shema After


5:04 PM

Presentation by Dr. Simkovich:

"The Chanukah Story, For Grown-Ups"


7:00 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:15 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:23 AM
Sermon by Dr. Simkovich:
"Joseph, Hero of the Diaspora"
  10:30 AM
Mincha   3:40 PM
Seudah Shelishit / Q & A    4:00 PM
Maariv   5:04 PM
Musical Havdalah   5:14 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:10 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.

Shabbat Scholar: This Shabbat, we welcome Dr. Malka Simkovich, the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Core Faculty at Drisha Institute, as our Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence.

Speaking Schedule & Topics

The Chanukah Story, For Grown Ups
Friday Night, 7:00 PM

Joseph: Hero of the Diaspora
Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM


Women's Leadership within Orthodox Judaism
A Q & A with Dr. Simkovich
Seudah Shelishit, 4:00 PM

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 offer Blessings of Consolation to Suzanne Dance Obin on the passing of her father, Mark Dance.


We offer Blessings of Consolation to Daniela Sirotti on the passing of her mother, Libera Massaria Sirotti.

This past Thursday night we held a well-attended evening to celebrate the publication of Dr. Malka Simkovich’s new book - Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism. We are grateful to her for her enlightening talk on Jewish literature and communities in Greek and Roman times, as Jews navigated as a minority through worlds dominated by powerful cultures. We are also grateful to Dr. Lawrence Schiffman for his talk on the Dead Sea Scrolls; and to the Jewish Publication Society and Drisha Institute for sponsoring the event with us.

Tot Shabbat THIS Shabbat: Children and their parents are invited to Tot Shabbat this week, Parshat Vayeshev, December 1st, 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 December 1st!

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.

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.


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 Neil Kitainik who will read this week. The next available Mincha leining is on December 8th (the afternoon reading is Vayigash). 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 Shemot, December 29th.



December 5th - Lazer Lloyd Concert - 8:00 PM
A holiday evening with Lazer Lloyd and special guests Kosha Dillz , Yoni Stokar (TaShma Orchestra) and Tali Yess, with a theme of unity and music dedicated in the memory of those killed in Pittsburgh. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to an organization helping the families who lost loved ones or are caring for those injured (specific organization to be announced soon). $15 at the door will include delicious sufganiyot. Please see here for more info on the event.

December 15th - Woman's Tefilla & Torah Reading
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.


December 2 - Children's Pre-Chanukah Party - 10:30 AM

December 2 - First Night of Chanukah
December 5 - Lazer Lloyd Concert

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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