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Weekly Update: Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 5781

10/08/2020 10:23:08 PM



Weekly Update: Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 5781

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Schedule

First Night - Friday, October 9
Candle-lighting: 6:06 PM
Sunset: 6:24 PM
Shemini Atzeret - Shabbat, October 10
Shacharit: 9:00 AM
Yizkor: 10:15 AM
Candle-lighting After (from pre-existing flame): 7:04 PM
Simchat Torah - Sunday, October 11
Shacharit: 9:00 AM
Sunset: 6:20 PM
Havdalah: 7:01 PM


Hoshana Rabba/Shemini Atzeret/
Simchat Torah


Hoshana Rabba Shacharit will be held this Friday morning at 8:00 AM in the Main Sanctuary. Hoshanot bundles will be made available. Hoshana Rabba on Sixth Street is surprisingly efficient and always beautiful. Please consider joining us.


Sadly, the final days of the holiday will look very different this year. Our absolute insistence upon social distancing - especially indoors - precludes us from observing many of the Simchat Torah practices that we are used to. The recent Covid uptick has only strengthened our resolve to act boldly (and creatively) to protect our community, our neighborhood, and beyond.

Please be aware of the following holiday modifications:

  • No evening services will be held.
  • Morning services will meet at 9:00 AM on both days. They will run quicker than usual. Yizkor on Shemini Atzeret will be recited at approximately 10:15 AM.
  • The scroll of Ecclesiastes will not be read.
  • Daytime Hakkafot will be performed by one person. The rest of us will observe/participate from our seats.
  • No extra Aliyot will be given.
  • Simchat Torah honors will be given to those who have prepared the readings.
  • Choni and his father will perform every Hagba/Gelila, unless another father/son duo is available.
  • A modest To-Go Kiddush will be made available outside.

As always: Anyone who is feeling unwell or is immunocompromised is religiously prohibited from participating in public prayer services. Anyone who is even nervous about exposure is released from the general obligation of public prayer.






Post Sukkot Gratitude. Our first days of Sukkot were magnificent. We are especially grateful to Choni Bellino for his flawless Torah reading, to David Lessman for his preparation of our beautiful sukkot, and to Vincenzo Aiosa and staff for their dedicated support inside and outside of our building.


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).






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:

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