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Weekly Update: Shabbat Shofetim 5779

09/05/2019 11:45:15 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Shofetim 5779



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush 
has been sponsored by

Steven Strauss in celebration of

his Aufruf this Shabbat,
and his upcoming wedding
to Chana Shechter


This week's delicious

Meat Kiddush

has been sponsored by:

Dr. Jeremy Block
honoring our never-ending
pursuit of justice


Dr. Yael Goverover &
Dr. Joshua Livnat

in observance of the yahrzeit of
Dr. Livnat's father,
Meyer Livnat (7 Elul)

 Esther & Marty Tessler 
in observance of the yahrzeit of
Marty's mother,
Cecilia Tessler 
(7 Elul)


This week's Shabbeer supply
has been provided by

Dr. Jeremy Block


Mock shrimp and crab
have been sponsored by

 Phoebe & Richard McBee
in observance of the yahrzeit of
Richard's father, 
Carl McBee (26 Av
& grandfather,
Ferdinand Danziger 
(7 Elul)

Seudah Shelishit

has been sponsored by
The House

in celebration of

Steven Strauss' Aufruf
this Shabbat,
and his upcoming wedding
to Chana Shechter


Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


7:02 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


7:00 PM

Repeat Shema After


8:01 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:00 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:41 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Avot   5:45 PM
Mincha   6:45 PM
Seudah Shelishit   7:05 PM
Maariv   7:50 PM
Musical Havdalah   8:01 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 services, thoughtful Torah study, and our flourishing community.

Tot Shabbat This Shabbat: We are excited that this Shabbat, September 7th, will be the first Sixth Street Tot Shabbat of the new year!  All children and their caregivers are invited to Tot Shabbat with Leat this week. Open play at 10:00 AM, program starts at 10:45 AM.

Rabbi Bellino's class in Avot will meet this Shabbat afternoon at 5:45 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 wish a Mazal Tov to the Zilberman/Grossman/Blackston family on the birth, Brit, and naming of a boy, Reuben Zachary (ראובן זכריה), born to Dr. Meredith Grossman & David Blackston.


We wish a Mazal Tov to Alina & Sam Eckstein on their recent wedding.


We wish a Mazal Tov to Steven Strauss on his Aufruf this Shabbat, and his upcoming wedding to Chana Shechter.


Last week, we buried our friend, Eric Johnson (אהרן שמחה בן אברהם). Eric was a gentle, thoughtful, and kind person who will be deeply missed. If you are considering making a donation in Eric's memory, we recommend that you support one (or all) of those causes/institutions that were important to him. There were very many of them, but here are several:

  • Our Synagogue. One of Eric's two downtown shuls.
  • Knock Knock Give a Sock. KKGS brings communities together in order to help those who are experiencing homelessness. Their motto is Help your neighbor, Meet your neighbor, Know your neighbor. In addition to providing needed resources by collecting socks, they encourage personal and meaningful interactions with the homeless.
  • The Stanton Street Shul. Eric's other downtown shul.
  • Lincoln Square Synagogue. Eric's uptown shul.
  • The Manhattan Eruv. This is how Eric was able to carry Scotch on Shabbat. You can make the donation to the Eruv here. Rabbi Bellino will forward the amount and any note you include.
  • NJOP.  The Torah organization where Eric studied and flourished.

High Holy Days/Membership Drive: Rosh Hashana is less than four weeks away, and so we once again encourage your membership - to ask that you formalize and renew your annual commitments to our synagogue. And as we anticipate a record number of people attending this year, we ask that you reserve your High Holy Days seats as soon as possible.


Membership Level Dues
Family (includes 2 RH/YK Tickets)               $1000
Individual (includes 1 RH/YK Ticket)    $550
Associate (for members of other synagogues)    $300
Student $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: We are actively working to enhance our sense of safety and security. We are grateful to Sara Liss and the larger security team for taking on this responsibility. To find out more and to become involved, please contact Sara.


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 Alan Feder or Julia Salant.

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 Shabbat Kiddush available to sponsor is September 21st (Shabbat Ki Tavo).



September 21st- First Night of Selichot: Kumzitz, teachings, and Selichot with The Downtown Minyan, along with special guests.



September 21 - Bad Kiddush (A throwback to Kiddushes that you hated)

September 21 - Shabbat Scholar Dr. Shai Secunda 
September 21 - First Night of Selichot
September 29-October 1 - Rosh Hashana

October 5 - Shabbat Shuva Drasha

October 6 - Kids' Sukkah Decorating Party

October 27 - Bard College Jacob Neusner Memorial Lecture




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
Sunshine Cafe at 59 E 8th 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.


We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for much much more!

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.


Contact Us


325 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003

(212) 473-3665

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