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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayeshev 5780

12/19/2019 11:32:48 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayeshev 5780



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush 
has been provided by
Mike Miles
in celebration of the completion
of his MBA at NYU Stern,
in honor of
Tali Zilberman & David Neuhaus
who produced and starred
in his application video,
in appreciation of Alan Feder
who helped him pass Statistics,

and in appreciation of David Hammer
who offered him career advice


 This week's delicious 
Dairy Kiddush
has been sponsored by
Alan Schwartz
in observance of the second
Yahrzeit of his father,
Professor William Schwartz z"l,
צבי זאב בן משה אביגדור ז"ל


Seudah Shelishit
has been sponsored by 
Ellen Cherrick
in memory of her grandfather,
Maurice Katz, z"l,
משה חיים בן יוסף יהודה הכהן ז"ל 

on his 80th yahrzeit,
observed on the first day of Chanukah



Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


4:13 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


4:15 PM

Repeat Shema After


5:18 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:00 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:35 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Mincha   4:00 PM
Seudah Shelishit   4:20 PM
Maariv   5:07 PM
Musical Havdalah   5:18 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:15 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us as we enjoy beautiful services, thoughtful Torah study, and our flourishing community.


Tot Shabbat This Shabbat: Children and their parents are invited to Tot Shabbat this week, Parshat Vayeshev, December 21st. Please join us for open play in the Beit Midrash at 10:00 AM, followed by the formal Tot Shabbat program promptly at 10:45 AM.


Please join us at Seudah Shelishit when we say "L'hitraot" to our friend, Amanda Avnery, who will be moving to Israel to study Torah at Pardes.

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 Arezoo & Sam Jesselson upon the birth of their son last Shabbat.


We wish a Mazal Tov to Drs. Tova & Donnie Isseroff upon the birth of their son on Tuesday.

We wish a Mazal Tov to Natalie Eisen & Zach Newburgh on Zach's Aufruf and their upcoming wedding.

We are grateful to Brian Yagoda who has again sponsored the year's worth of non-alcoholic beverages served at our Friday Night Kiddushes.

Our annual Children’s Chanukah Party this past Sunday was super fun and well-attended. We are very grateful to Kristina Gerschel and Shelly Yudewitz for all their work in planning the event.

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 December 28th (Shabbat Mikeitz).




Book Event: Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal- January 9: Please join us on January 9th at 7:00 PM for an evening to celebrate the publication of Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal’s new book - Jewish-Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretic Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud (Cambridge University Press, 2019). Please visit the event page for more details and to register.


Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence- January 10-11: In three weeks, on January 10-11, Shabbat Vayechiwe will welcome Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, a scholar of rabbinic Judaism, as our next Shabbat Scholar-in-Residence. See the event page for more information and to register for the Friday night community dinner.


January 9 - Book Event: Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal on Jewish-Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity
January 10-11 - Shabbat Scholar: Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal
January 12 - JOFA Presents: Building a Better Workplace: Not Your Mother's Professional Development Conference

February 1 - CholentFest VII




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.


B'NEI MACHSHAVA TOVA - The Fellowship of Proper Mindfulness: A study of the Piaseczno Rebbe's guide to cultivating positive mindfulness within a sacred community of spiritual seekers. Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM.




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.


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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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