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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayakhel (Shekalim) 5779

02/28/2019 11:33:17 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayakhel (Shekalim) 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush

has been provided by
The House

This week's delicious
Meat Kiddush
has been
 sponsored by

Shimmy Rapps
in observance of the Yahrtzeit 
of his father,

יוסף חיים בן יהושע
and by

Benay Reininger and Roslyn Blatt

in observance of the Yahrtzeit
of their mother,

רעשא ליבא בת מנחם מנדל


Cake and Scotch
have been sponsored by
Caroline Tell & Evan Gasman
in celebration of
Leo's birthday

Seudah Shelishit 
has been 
provided by 
The House



Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


5:29 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


5:30 PM

Repeat Shema After


6:29 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:00 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:19 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Mincha   5:15 PM
Seudah Shelishit   5:35 PM
Maariv   6:19 PM
Havdalah   6:29 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 5:30 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us as we enjoy beautiful davening, thoughtful Torah study, and our wonderful community.

This Shabbat - Tot Shabbat & Musical Glowstick Havdalah + Kids Sing-along: Please join us this Shabbat for two great kids' events. Tot Shabbat: Join us for open play in the Beit Medrash at 10:00 AM, followed by the formal Tot Shabbat program promptly at 10:45 AM. Come back for Havdalah (or as early as Mincha and Seudah Shelishit) for a musical, glowstick Havdalah, followed by a spirited kids sing-along, led by Rabbi Bellino. As Havdalah approaches bedtime, join us for this awesome event while it lasts. Maariv at 6:19 PM, Havdalah at 6:29 PM.  

All Shabbat services are held in our main sanctuary.



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 are grateful to Choni Bellino who will read his Bar Mitzva Parsha this Shabbat. 

Purim is in 3 Weeks! Join us on March 20th, with Megillah Reading (at 7:30 PM), immediately followed by our Purim Party. We on Sixth Street do Purim really well, but to do so requires planning. Please consider helping us with our Purim Chaos, as well as participating in our Purim Charity Campaign.

Purim Chaos: Our yearly Purim chaos would not be anywhere near as chaotic, were it not for your generous financial support. As literally all the Seforim say, "silly swag, red solo cups, and laser lights don't pay for themselves." For more information, please click to our Purim Chaos page.

Purim Charity Campaign: Matanot L'evyonim is arguably the most important Mitzvah of Purim. This year, we are again proud to partner with Rabbi Zvi Romm of the Bialystoker Synagogue, Rabbi Joe Wolfson of JLIC-NYU and the NYU community, and the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, as well as Knock Knock Give a Sock, in providing gifts to those in the region who truly need our assistance. To make a donation click here.

2018 Tax Letter: You may have received a tax letter from us listing all of your 2018 tax-deductible contributions to the synagogue. If you have any questions about the statement, or feel that some contributions were not listed, please contact us at 212-473-3665, or email us.

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 Choni Bellino who will read for us this Shabbat. The next available Mincha leining is on March 16th (the afternoon reading is Tzav). We are also 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.

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 March 9th (Shabbat Pekudei).


March  17th - Sixth Street Community Kinderlach Pre-Purim Party
Join the Community Kinderlach for the annual Children's pre-Purim Party on Sunday, March 17, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Clown, balloons, facepaint, games, make your own rainbow Hamantashen,  Holiday sing-along with Rabbi Bellino. Kid's Shul merch will be for sale.

March 20th - Fryre Festival: Megillah Reading & Purim Party
Purim begins on Wednesday night, March 20th. Join us for Megillah Reading (at 7:30 PM) which will immediately be followed by our Purim Party. We look forward to our friends from the University of Purim joining us at approximately 10:00 PM.

March 27th -  Annual Shul Dinner
We look forward to our annual fundraising dinner to be held on Wednesday evening, March 27th. This year we will be honoring Annie & Jeremy Watman as well as Gloria Karpas and Brenda Pace. Join us as we celebrate their loyal support and our devoted community. Please RSVP here.

March 17 - Sixth Street Kids Pre-Purim Party
March 20 - Megillah/Purim Party
March 27 - Annual Dinner




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

We like to think we're different. Everyone from the traditionally Orthodox to the occasionally observant feels at home here - 365 days a year. We hope you do too.


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325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

(212) 473-3665

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