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Weekly Update: Shabbat Bechukotai 5779

05/30/2019 11:18:54 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Bechukotai 5779



Shabbat Information


Friday Night Kiddush

has been sponsored by
The Bellino Family
in memory of Cori's mother,

Peggy Robinson


This week's delicious 

 Dairy Kiddush

has been sponsored

by Dr. Elliot Levitch
in celebration of
his 80th birthday


This week's Shabbocktail

-The Paloma-

has been sponsored by

Aliyah & Michael Gluckstadt


Seudah Shelishit
has been sponsored

in memory of
Steven Harold Stein


Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


8:02 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


7:00 PM

Repeat Shema After


9:11 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:00 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:10 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Avot   6:50 PM
Mincha   7:50 PM
Seudah Shelishit   8:10 PM
Maariv   9:00 PM
Musical Havdalah   9:11 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


We are on Summer Schedule, with Friday Mincha and Kabbalat Shabbat held at 7:00 PM (This will continue until September 20th!). Please join us as we enjoy beautiful davening, thoughtful Torah study, and our wonderful community.

Rabbi Bellino's class in Avot continues this Shabbat at 6:50 PM. The class will focus on the plain-sense meaning of the text, utilizing academic and traditional approaches, but will also focus on the the classic commentary of Rabbi Ovadiah Bartenura.

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 wish a Mazal Tov to Alex Eidman & Shira Borzak on their recent wedding.

Annual Membership Meeting: The annual meeting of our membership took place this past Tuesday night. We re-elected two officers (Elie Yudewitz & Alan Schwartz) and several members to our Board of Trustees and Advisory Board. We congratulate them and thank them for their service.

Board of Trustees
Elie Yudewitz – President
Marty Tessler – Vice President
Alan Schwartz – Treasurer
Tali Zilberman – Secretary
Suzanne Dance, Agita Jaber, Arthur Klaus,
Jack Lebewohl, Henry Reininger

Advisory Board
Alan Feder, Evan Gasman, Kristina Gerschel, 
Aliyah Gluckstadt, Zach Griff, Josh Lebewohl,
Dr. Elliot Levitch, Isobel Rubin, Bert Zackim

Membership Drive: With a new fiscal year beginning (June 1st), it is now once again time for us to encourage membership - to ask that you formalize and renew your annual commitments to our synagogue.


Membership Level Before June 30 After June 30
Family (Includes 2 RH/YK Tickets) $900 $1000
Individual (Includes 1 RH/YK Ticket)    $500 $550
Associate  $300 $300
Student $150 $150
  • For Membership Renewal, please click here
  • For New Members, please click here

You can also Venmo us @sixthstreetsynagogue, or mail a check to 325 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10003. If you prefer, membership payments may be made in installments, which can be easily set up through our website. Should you have any questions, please contact our treasurer, Alan Schwartz, or our Rabbi.

Community Security Shabbat: On Shabbat, June 15th, we will welcome our security consultant, Amit Bigelman. After services and before our Fathers' Day kiddush, Amit will address the entire congregation and present a pragmatic, sensible Emergency Action Plan (EAP). In case of emergency, this plan will guide the various elements of our bustling synagogue and coordinate the activity of our newly-formed Security Team and our staff. Our open, warm, and welcoming atmosphere forces us to face reality. It's our collective and individual responsibility to be as prepared as reasonably possible in the event we face those who wish to harm us. It is therefore critical that our active community members make every effort to attend and internalize Amit's address.To learn more, please contact Jeremy Watman at More info about Amit Bigelman can be found here


Tot Shabbat Resumes NEXT Shabbat, Erev Shavuot June 8, and will meet three weeks in a row: June 8th, 15th, and 22nd, when it will end for the Summer season. Please 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. Parent participation and feedback helps us create a nurturing and educational environment for our youngest members--so join us on June 8!

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 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 June 8th (Shabbat Bamidbar).


June 8th - Shavuot Dinner & Torah Study
Please join us for a light dairy Shavuot dinner, followed by Torah study with Rabbi Joe Wolfson. Immediately following Maariv, dinner will begin at 9:00 PM. Rabbi Wolfson will present: "Why Rut? A Quiet But Revolutionary Megillah." Dinner is free, but please register on the event page.


June 10th - Women's Shavuot Wine, Cheese, and Torah 
Please join our Sixth Street Women for a Shavuot Wine & Cheese!!! Expect fine wine, delicious cheese, and Shavuot Torah. The event is free, but we ask all participants to bring their own bottle(s).

June 15th - Father's Day Kiddush
For $54 you can be named as a contributor. The names of your sons, fathers, grandfathers, teachers, or virtually anyone you choose, will be listed. You may list as many people as you wish. This list will be read aloud in shul, as well as distributed at the Kiddush. Please click 
here for more info and to register.


June 8 - Shavuot Dinner & Torah Study
June 10 - Women's Shavuot Wine, Cheese & Torah
June 15 - Security Shabbat
June 15 - Fathers' Day Kiddush
June 22 - Shabbat Scholar Rav Judah Mischel




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.

AVOT: Rabbi Bellino will present the five chapters of Avot and Perek Kinyan HaTorah, starting after Passover. Shabbat afternoons, 1 hour before Mincha.




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

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place

Sushi Tokyo at 121 West 19th Street
Falafix at 96 Stanton Street


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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