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Weekly Update: Shabbat Vaera 5780

01/24/2020 06:08:20 AM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Vaera 5780



Shabbat Information

Friday Night Kiddush 
has been provided by
The House


 This week's delicious 
Meat Kiddush
has been sponsored
by Dina Schorr
in observance of the Yahrzeit
of her grandmother,
Renee Bohm


Seudah Shelishit
has been provided by 
The House




Shabbat Times

Candle-lighting Before


4:45 PM

Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat


4:45 PM

Repeat Shema After


5:49 PM

Daf Yomi

  8:00 AM


  9:00 AM
Shema Before   9:40 AM
Sermon   10:30 AM
Mincha   4:30 PM
Seudah Shelishit    4:50 PM
Maariv   5:38 PM
Musical Havdalah   5:49 PM


See the shul calendar for davening times and events.


Mincha/Kabbalat Shabbat - this week at 4:45 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 Vaera, January 25th. 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 Michelle Charnoff & Brian Polay on their recent engagement.

We wish a
 Mazal Tov to the Liberman Family on the recent wedding of Stella to Jacob Silver.


We wish a Mazal Tov to Ashley & Ariel Stern Mintz on their recent wedding.

We wish a Mazal Tov to Lindsey & Rabbi Aviad Bodner on the birth of a boy.


We are grateful to Adina Lichtman of Knock Knock Give a Sock and the UJA for hosting the MLK Day Meet Your Neighbors Lunch this past Monday. The event brought together New Yorkers from various socio-economic and faith backgrounds to share their experiences and challenges. For more information see


Tuesday, January 28 - Building Community, Creating Unity in a Polarized Society:
Jewish Responses to the Rise of Anti-Semitism and other forms of
Hate. Join us this Tuesday at 6:30 PM for a panel discussion featuring: Yocheved Sidof, Founder & former CEO of Lamplighters Yeshiva, Megan Madison, board member of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, Dr. Michal Bitton of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Downtown Minyan, and Paula  Eiselt, film maker and board member of JOFA. Daphne Lazar Price, Executive Director of JOFA, will moderate, and Jonah Boyarin of the NYC Commission on Human Rights will introduce the event, which is co-sponsored by JOFA and the NYC Commission on Human Rights. For more information and to register, please visit the event page.

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 February 8th (Shabbat Beshalach).



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.


Jewish Arts Salon Artists Beit Midrash "PARDES: Encountering the Divine" - 8 Tuesdays, February 4 though March 31, 7-9 PM: Pardes is the Talmudic story of the search for mystical revelation. Rabbi Bellino and Richard McBee will lead an exploration of these Talmudic tales, mystical literature (Heikhalot) and other narratives of Divine encounters. Each participant will have the opportunity to react personally to the text, working in the art form of their choice, and to offer and receive responses to their work. Please click here for more information on the course and to sign up.


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

February 4 - 1st Jewish Arts Salon Artists Beit Midrash
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 (Classes resume .


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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