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Weekly Update: Shabbat Terumah 5781

02/18/2021 10:10:23 PM



Weekly Update: Shabbat Terumah 5781

Candle Lighting Before: 5:17 PM
Shema After: 6:10 PM
Shacharit: 9:00 AM
Morning Shema Before: 9:26 AM
Mincha After: 12:39 PM
Sunset: 5:37 PM
Havdala: 6:18 PM




This Shabbat we plan to return to our beloved sanctuary for Saturday morning services. We feel that is appropriate in light of the improving conditions and metrics we follow, and in preparation for our in-person Purim services next Thursday and Friday. As in the past, the Six Feet Synagogue service will run a bit quicker than usual, with reduced singing, and Anti-Social Kiddush Club  (Kiddush to go). We ask that you come on time, so that we may conclude early. In addition, the sanctuary may be quite cold as we plan to have windows and doors open to increase ventilation in the building. Please click here for our updated set of Practices & Community Expectations.


Kiddush to go has been sponsored by Norma & Victor Bellino in observance on the yahrtzeit of Norma's mother, Gertrude Smith (גולדא בת ר' שלמה עובדיה).







Purim begins next Thursday night. In light of the global pandemic, this year's observance is going to be a different sort of complicated than that in years past. We believe that the preservation of health is *the* Halakhic priority and we have acted boldly and diligently to reduce the risk of exposure. Our decisions and procedures are made in collaboration with our medical committee that reviews local positivity rates, city-wide hospitalization rates, and the latest CDC guidelines.

These are exceptional times and so exceptions can and should be made. We will - of course - read the Megillah in synagogue, but we will simultaneously broadcast it over Zoom. We side with the Torah authorities who believe that the performance of this Mitzvah over Zoom is perfectly acceptable.

We also understand the emotional and spiritual interest in hearing the Megillah in person. To this end, we plan to re-open the synagogue for both evening and morning Megillah readings. Attendance will be limited and registration will be mandatory. The frequency and operations of the readings will depend on local positivity rates, as well as community interest. Details will be sent upon registration. You may register here.


Matanot L'Evyonim (gifts to the poor) is arguably the most important mitzvah of Purim. In the course of our own joy, we make it our duty to share with others, thus amplifying the spirit of unity that we read about in the Megillah, and extending the divine generosity shown to our people. In the spirit of modern Religious Humanism, we extend this kindness to both our Jewish and non-Jewish neighbors.


This Purim we will again partner with Rabbi Zvi Romm of the Bialystoker Synagogue, Rabbi Joe Wolfson of JLIC-NYU and the NYU community, the Bowery Mission, the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, and Knock Knock Give a Sock, in providing gifts to those in our neighborhood who truly need our assistance


To make a donation click here. You may also Venmo us @sixthstreetsynagogue (be sure to specify Purim Charity!). Of course you may also bring in a check (made out to Sixth Street Community Synagogue Rabbi's Discretionary) or cash before or on Purim.





We offer blessings of consolation to the Roth Family upon the passing of Robert's father,  Irving Roth (שמואל מאיר בן יוסף הכהן), father of Robert Roth.

This Sunday we hold a memorial event to reflect upon the legacy and impact of Rabbi Israel Wohlgelernter, former rav of the Sixteenth Street Synagogue / Young Israel of Fifth Avenue. The event will be held on Zoom on Sunday, February 21st at 3:00 PM.


Rabbi Bellino is currently teaching a series entitled "Drunk Rabbis." The class discusses an array of Early Rabbinic teachings regarding the perceived sophistication as well as the dangers of drinking alcohol. Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM.


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.


DRUNK RABBIS: A presentation of Early Rabbinic teachings regarding the sophistication and dangers of drinking. All materials may be found hereTuesdays, 7:00-8:00 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, 7:00-8:00 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.


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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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Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyyar 5781