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Weekly Update: Rosh Hashana 5781

09/18/2020 12:25:35 AM



Weekly Update: Rosh Hashana 5781

Schedule for Rosh Hashana

First Night - Friday, September 18
Candlelighting 6:40 PM
Sunset 6:58 PM
First Day - Shabbat, September 19
First Service 7:30 AM
Sermon 9:00 AM
Later Service 11:30 AM
Candle Lighting After (from pre-existing flame) 7:37 PM
Second Day - Sunday, September 20
First Service 7:30 AM
Shofar 9:00 AM
Later Service 11:30 AM
Shofar on the Steps 2:00 PM
Shofar in the Park 3:00 PM
Sunset 6:55 PM
Havdalah 7:36 PM



We are blessed with a large sanctuary; however, we are limited in the number of people that we can safely accommodate. To attend services, you must have a confirmed reservation and sit in your assigned seat. We have sent out confirmations for all services. If you have not heard from us, this means you are not confirmed. Congregants will be seated throughout the entire main sanctuary and masks will be required. The social hall is closed. Hand sanitizer is available. Please review our social distancing protocols and expectations here.


For Rosh HaShana there will be two separate services each day. The earlier service will be a complete (albeit shortened) service. The later service will consist of Shofar (on the second day) and Musaph exclusively. Services will be lead by Meir Shapiro and Neil Kitainik. They will be taking turns.

  • The Early Service will begin at 7:30 AM with Pesukei d'Zimra. HaMelekh at 8:00 AM. A piyut-free Shacharit will be followed by Torah Reading. At 9:00 AM there will be a short sermon on the first day, and the Shofar service on the second. Musaph will conclude by approximately 10:30 AM.
  • Following the Early Service we will wipe down the pews and machzorim (We might ask for your help).
  • The Later Service will begin at 11:30 AM with a short sermon on the first day, and Shofar on the second. Musaph will conclude by approximately 1:00 PM.

On Sunday, September 20th, there will be additional Shofar services that will be held outside. At 2:00 PM there will be Shofar on the synagogue steps and at 3:00 PM there will be Shofar in Washington Square Park (close to the arch).


Yom Kippur


The following is the tentative schedule. We ask that you let us know which parts of the Sixth Street Yom Kippur experience you would like to attend in person.


There are two options for Kol Nidrei:

  • Early Kol Nidrei will begin at 4:00 PM with Mincha and will include the Kol Nidrei service, a short speech, and one of the Yom Kippur evening poems. The service will conclude at 5:00 PM after which you should go home and eat your pre-Yom-Kippur meal. You should be careful to conclude the meal and light candles by 6:25 PM.
  • Zman (on-time) Kol Nidrei will begin at 6:20 PM and will be live-streamed (until 6:42 PM). A short speech will be followed by a shortened Yom Kippur Maariv.

There are two options for the morning service.

  • The full morning service will begin at 8:00 AM. It will include a mostly rabbinic Shacharit but will include the penitential prayers. There will be a Torah reading, Yizkor, as well as an abridged Musaph.
  • The late half-service will begin with Yizkor at 1:00 PM. Yizkor will be followed by an abridged Musaph.

Finally, there will be one service on Yom Kippur afternoon.

  • It will begin with Mincha at 4:45 PM and then Neila at 6:00 PM. There will be only one Neila service, and we may have to limit Neila attendance to our membership. Additionally, we ask you to choose between the Zman Kol Nidrei (at 6:20 PM) and the Neila service.

We thank you for you patience and for partnering with us in making our High Holy Day services sufficiently safe and appropriately meaningful. If you have any questions or suggestions, be sure to contact us. Please inform us of your preferences as soon as possible.




We wish a Mazal Tov to Sharon & Rabbi Adam Mintz on the birth of a grandson, born to Lily & Noam Mintz.


The 2020 Census needs your help! The Manhattan self-response rates for Census 2020 are considerably lower than 2010, most likely due to the pandemic and people leaving the city. Quite simply, each completed census brings money to their neighborhoods, ensures representation in Washington and can be filled out online in less than ten minutes at You do not need a paper form or code to fill out the census, you can simply go to and write-in your NYC address.


In the market for a Mitzva? 700 free kosher meals are distributed on the Lower East Side daily, and volunteers are needed! If you can help, please contact Penina Seidman.


Catering: Village Crown Catering is now offering Shabbat food delivery to our neighborhood. For more information or to place an order, please contact them at or click to their website. You must order by Tuesday evening (5:00 PM).


Bagel Boss on 1st Avenue and 15th Street is open for take-out and delivery. You can place an order here. Additionally, they are working with "Manhattan Together" to help feed hungry New Yorkers. To support their efforts or to learn more, click on the "Manhattan Together" GoFundMe page.





With a new fiscal year having begun on June 1st, it is once again time for us to encourage membership, asking you to formalize and renew your annual commitments to our synagogue. Despite our four month hiatus, this has been a year of significant growth, meaningful services, insightful classes, festive parties, engaging children’s programming, and respected and inspiring speakers. We continue to make essential repairs and aesthetic improvements to our 174 year old building. Membership dues go a long way in making all of this possible. Won’t you please share in our great legacy and help us continue our impressive revitalization? There are, of course, various membership options and we hope that one works for you.


Membership Level  
Family $1000
Individual $550
Associate $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.




Our classes are being held on Zoom. For those of you who do not know, Zoom is a remote conferencing service that facilitates meetings online, by video and by phone. A useful instructional video may be found here. We strongly encourage you to download the free app to your phones and/or computers and then click the meeting links that we provide. If you do not have the technology to participate over the Internet, you may simply dial in. We will provide the links and numbers in a separate email as well as PDFs of any relevant class material. To access a schedule of upcoming classes, class materials, and zoom links, click here.


MASEKHET AVOT: Rabbi Bellino's untraditionally traditional approach to Masekhet Avot. Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00 PM.


FOUNDATIONS OF JUDAISM: A sensitive and sophisticated introduction to Judaism, intended for beginners, focusing on many of the ritual, legal, linguistic, and philosophical basics of our faith. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM.


PARDES: Pardes is the Talmudic story of the search for mystical revelation. We will explore these Talmudic tales, mystical literature (Hekhalot) and other narratives of Divine encounters. Tuesdays, 8:00 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 local Kosher options that are open for take-out/delivery:

Bagel Boss at 263 First Avenue

Mocha Burger at 496 Laguardia Place

Sage Kitchen at 352 Bowery


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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