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Weekly Update: Sukkot 5781

10/01/2020 11:14:38 PM



Weekly Update: Sukkot 5781

Schedule for Sukkot

First Night - Friday, October 2
Candle-lighting: 6:17 PM
Sunset: 6:35 PM
Sukka after: 7:15 PM
First Day - Shabbat, October 3
Shacharit: 9:00 AM
Candle-lighting After (from pre-existing flame): 7:15 PM
Second Day - Sunday, October 4
Shacharit: 9:00 AM
Sunset: 6:33 PM
Havdalah: 7:14 PM




Although Covid-positivity rates have increased among certain segments of the Orthodox community, assuming the local rates stay where they are, we are comfortable holding services over Sukkot. This will include morning (only) services as well as Sukka access. With so many of us away this Yom Tov, we ask that you please come on time.


Immediately following services there will be a Sukka Kiddush sponsored by Stanley Sherman in memory of his great grandfather, Samuel Levi. Wine, Challa rolls, and snacks will be made available so that everyone can conveniently perform the mitzva.


The Sukkot will be available from 7-10 PM each evening of Yom Tov as well as immediately following services.


In order to help effectively socially-distance, a third Sukka has been built on the sanctuary terrace found on the eastern side of our building. We will have to be very careful and conscious of the space, maintaining distance, limiting exposure time, and taking turns. To be clear: Anyone who is feeling unwell, is immunocompromised, or is even nervous about exposure is released from the obligation of Sukka and may eat Yom Tov meals indoors. 






We wish a Mazal Tov to Chavie Lieber & Yoni Stokar upon the birth of a boy.


Next Friday is Hoshana Rabba. We expect to convene an 8:00 AM Shacharit in the main sanctuary.


A plan for a modified Simchat Torah is in the works. Stay tuned.


Post YK Gratitude/Kol Nidrei Appeal. Yom Kippur was a wonderful success. More than 200 people - masked, distanced, and in limited groups - were welcomed over the course of the day. Each service was magnificent;  "normal," uplifting, and safe. We are especially grateful to our cantors, Meir Shapiro and Neil Kitainik for their beautiful and perfectly-timed davening. We also thank Jonathan Falik for his Torah reading, Lübba Wintzer and Choni Bellino for their help in setting up the sanctuary, Elie Yudewitz for his ushering, Daniela Sirotti and Gloria Mills for sponsoring the Break Fast, and Vincenzo Aiosa and staff for their hard work in preparing, disinfecting, and maintaining our building.


At Kol Nidrei - the service that surprisingly encourages us to pivot away from our more predictable behaviors - Rabbi Bellino discussed how tradition is sometimes counter-intuitively secured - and even enhanced - by flexibility and a creative spirit, and how this has long-defined his religious approach and vision of our synagogue's role within Orthodox Jewish life. He applied this outlook to our safety as well, and detailed our ongoing challenges during - and successes despite - the global pandemic. If this vision speaks to you, if you have benefited from it, or if you would like to see it enlarged further, please consider participating in our Kol Nidrei Campaign. Your support is essential for our continued success. We remind you that any amount helps our efforts and lifts our spirits.


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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Fri, February 26 2021 14 Adar 5781