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Weekly Update: Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5781

11/13/2020 08:52:09 AM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5781

Candle Lighting Before: 4:21 PM
Shema After: 5:27 PM
Shacharit: 9:00 AM
Mincha After: 12:10 PM
Sunset: 4:38 PM
Havdala: 5:21 PM




Being separated from our building - and from one another - has been painful, but we are confident that in doing so, we successfully protected our community and demonstrated that we value life above all. 


This Shabbat we will again hold a 9:00 AM Minyan, with masks required and social-distance preserved. Attendance is monitored and limited, and congregants are seated throughout the entire main sanctuary in individually marked seats. The social hall is closed. Services are shortened and Kiddush offered to-go. Hand sanitizer is available. Please review our social distancing protocols and expectations here.


A Kiddush-To-Go has been sponsored by Rachel Concha, Ruth Geye, Ian Berger & Yael Scolnick in celebration of peer pressure.








We are devastated by the passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, מורנו הרב יעקב צבי בן דוד אריה, ז"ל. Through his numerous articles, countless speeches, and over 30 important volumes, Rabbi Sacks made his Torah accessible to a broad audience, added significantly to Judaic scholarship, and eloquently servDavid Ded as an ambassador of our Tradition. We were fortunate to have him downtown for so long. In addition to his global impact, he was a treasure of our community, a supportive friend of our synagogue, and a personal advisor to several of us. His passing is especially devastating during these divided and scary times, when inspirational leadership is so deeply lacking. We offer condolences to Lady Elaine, to their children and grandchildren.


  • Despite the universal tradition of studying the Rabbinic canon, it seems most appropriate to encourage the study of Rabbi Sacks' Torah. You may find a list of his books here. (Almost all of them are sold on Amazon. Many are available for Kindle.) Please notify us with the name of the volume that you plan to read. It would be nice to make a Siyum in the coming weeks.
  • To preserve his spiritual presence and to further encourage the study of his Torah, we would like our Synagogue library to own a copy of each one of his books and siddurim. Please donate $36 here or Venmo @sixthstreetsynagogue. Be sure to use the charge type 'Library' and to indicate that your donation is intended for the Sacks library. The response to this has been strong and we only a few more volumes donated.

We are saddened by the passing of Rabbi Dovid Feinstein.Rabbi Feinstein served as the head of the Mesivtha Tiferes Yerushalayim on the Lower East Side from the time of his father’s death in 1986 until his own passing last Friday. He served on the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, the rabbinical council connected to Agudath Israel, an umbrella organization representing haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, communities. He was the Rabbinic advisor and guide to the entire ArtScroll enterprise.  Rav Dovid's influence and reach has had an impact on all of us, indirectly if not directly. You may find some personal reflection of our teacher, Dr. Jonathan Boyarin, here.


Downtown Eruv: The downtown community's yearly financial Eruv obligation is roughly $36K. Our synagogue raises at least $6k. (We are half way there!). To make a payment, please do so on our synagogue page, Venmo @sixthstreetsynagogue, or send a check to: The Sixth Street Community Synagogue, 325 East Sixth Street, New York NY 10003. Be sure to specify that this donation is for the Rabbi's Discretionary Fund and/or for the Eruv.


For class schedule and Zoom links, click here.


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).




Membership has almost no privileges.

But it's the right thing to do and it allows us to thrive. 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.



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.





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
Sushi Tokyo at 121 19th 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.


We like to have fun and be creative on social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram for much much more!

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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