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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayechi 5780

01/09/2020 11:14:18 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vayechi 5780



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush 
has been sponsored by

Mindy & Michael Turk

in the observance of the first yahrtzeit
of Mindy's beloved mother,

Rhoda Kanarek

רעשא זלדה בת יהודה אליהו הלוי


 This week's delicious 
Meat Kiddush
has been sponsored by

Adeena Chefitz & Jared Rosen
in celebration of
their recent engagement


Seudah Shelishit
has been sponsored by
Shelly & Elie Yudewitz
in observance of the Yahrzeit
of Elie's grandfather,
Bernard Danis

דב בערל בן טוביה



Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


4:29 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


4:30 PM

Repeat Shema After


5:27 PM

Presentation by Dr. Siegal: 
Christian Monks and Talmudic Rabbis


7:30 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:00 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:42 AM
Sermon by Dr. Siegal: 
Rabbinic Life Lessons
  10:30 AM
Mincha   4:15 PM
Seudah Shelishit /
Q & A with Dr. Siegal
  4:35 PM
Maariv   5:31 PM
Musical Havdalah   5:41 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:30 PM - is held shortly after candle-lighting time. Please join us as we enjoy beautiful services, thoughtful Torah study, and our flourishing community.


Shabbat Scholar: Please join us this Shabbat as we welcome as our Shabbat Scholar, Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegala leading scholar of Jewish-Christian interactions in the ancient world.

Speaking Schedule & Topics

Christian Monks and Talmudic Rabbis
Friday Night, 7:30 PM

 Rabbinic Life Lessons from Parshat Vayechi
Shabbat Morning, 10:30 AM

A Q & A with Dr. Bar-Asher Siegal
Seudah Shelishit, 4:15 PM

We are grateful to Ellen R. CherrickAlan Schwartz, and Shelly & Elie Yudewitz, for sponsoring the Friday night Community Dinner.

Tot Shabbat This Shabbat: Children and their parents are invited to Tot Shabbat this week, Parshat Vayechi, January 10th. 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.

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 Jesselson Family upon the birth of a boy to Jessica & Roni Jesselson.

This past Thursday night we held a well-attended evening to celebrate the publication of Dr. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal's new book - Jewish – Christian Dialogues on Scripture in Late Antiquity: Heretics Narratives of the Babylonian Talmud. We are grateful to her for her enlightening talk on Rabbinic interactions with Christians as presented in the Babylonian Talmud. We are also grateful to Shira Hecht-Koller and 929 English, and to the Hartman Institute, for sponsoring the event with us.


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 January 18th (Shabbat Shemot).



Panel Discussion: The Rise of Anti-Semitism, with JOFA and the NYC Commission on Human Rights - January 28Rising antisemitism is a shared concern across the Jewish world.The panel will feature diverse Jewish responses to understanding the forces that are driving this difficult moment and offer suggestions on how we can create unity in a polarized society. For more info and to register, please visit the event page.


CholentFest VII - February 1: Challenge last year's winner of the SSCS CholentFest Eydel Ladle to claim the ladle and the respect of your peers. Come taste all the delicious cholents at Kiddush on February 1st.


January 28 - Panel Discussion: The Rise of Anti-Semitism, with JOFA and the NYC Commission on Human Rights
February 1 - CholentFest VII

February 9 - Tu B'Shvat Tish
March 9-10 - Purim




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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