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Weekly Update - Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot & Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah


Stanton Street Shul Weekly Newsletter
Week of October 18, 2019 / 19 Tishrei, 5780



Shabbat Chol Hamoed 

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

This Week's Schedule:

Erev Shabbat, October 18: Chol Hamoed Sukkot (Tishrei 19)

5:54p Candle Lighting


5:55p Mincha & Kabbalat Shabbat


Shabbat, October 19: Chol Hamoed Sukkot (Tishrei 20)

9:30a Shacharit with drasha by Mordecai Silver

12:00p Kiddush in the sukkah is sponsored by the house.


Mincha will follow kiddush.

6:51p Havdalah


Sunday, October 20: Hoshana Rabah (Tishrei 21)

5:51p Candle Lighting for Shemini Atzeret


5:55p Mincha / Ma'ariv


Monday, October 21: Shemini Atzeret (Tishrei 22)

9:30a Shacharit


~10:45a Yizkor


Mussaf and Tefillat Geshem will be led by Eli Shoshani


~12:00p Kiddush is sponsored by Ami & Larissa Nahari in celebration of the birthday of their twin boys.


6:49p Candle Lighting for Simchat Torah


7:00p Ma'ariv & Simchat Torah Celebration, including Hakafot for both men and women


Tuesday, October 22: Simchat Torah (Tishrei 23)

9:30a Shacharit and Hakafot


~11:00a Women's Torah Reading in the Beit Midrash (with aliyot for women)


~12:00p Kiddush lunch is sponsored by Alvin Goldstein


Kiddush will be followed by Chatan Torah (Michael Goldstein), Chatan Breishit (Jonathan Wieder) and Musaf

6:47p Havdalah


Women's Hakafot and Torah Reading for Simchat Torah, October 21-22

Continuing our tradition of inclusive and participatory Simchat Torah services, this year we will once again have opportunities for women to do hakafot [dancing with the Torah] and get aliyot


On Simchat Torah night, October 21, and in the morning on October 22, our Hakafot services will feature separate circles for men and women so all can have the chance to dance and sing with the Torah.  


At Shacharit services on Simchat Torah morning, we will hold our annual Women's Torah Reading where all women who want to get an aliyah will be called up to the Torah.  


See the for the complete schedule for Simchat Torah, and save the date for our next regular Women's Tefillah on Shabbat morning, November 23.


If you have questions or want to get involved in the Stanton Women's Tefillah Group, email


Please Give Generously in 5780

Now that the High Holidays have ended and Simchat Torah is a few days away, we wish you a Blessed and Healthy New Year, a year of Torah study, regular shul attendance, and convivial and delicious kiddushes.  


If you appreciate the work the Stanton Street Shul does every day by offering the Downtown Manhattan Community an open and welcoming traditional Shul, then help us continue our work by generously donating to our High Holiday Appeal.


Donations may be made at our website


Save the Date: StantonKIDS on Shabbat Morning, October 26

Our youngest shul members and friends are invited to the StantonKIDS Shabbat on October 26, 10:30am to 12pm.


Our kids programs always feature lively play, prayers, songs and a snack. Spread the word!


Click here for the complete StantonKIDS schedule for 2019-2020.


Questions? Want to get involved? Email


Amish Group Visits Stanton and Issues an Invitation

On the first day of Chol haMoed Sukkot, Lower East Side Conservancy tour guide Svetlana Kershtein brought four Amish gentlemen from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to the Stanton Street Shul. 


They had visited a number of LES shuls that afternoon, but spent a good deal of time with Jeff Katz understanding the uniqueness of our Shul and the practices of orthodox Judaism. The three brothers and their nephew were fascinated to learn about traditional Shabbat practices; the making and reading of Torah scrolls; the separation of the sexes during prayer; and the study of Biblical texts. 


They strongly related to many of these practices, although their religious observance is obviously different. When Yiddish was spoken, the four gentlemen were able to understand most of the words as they were somewhat fluent in Pennsylvanian German.


They invited the Shul to visit and offered to arrange an authentic Amish tour of their community.


Note of Appreciation

It is always heartwarming to hear how important the Stanton Street Shul is in the lives of our members and friends. Here is letter of thanks and praise we received.


Dear Stanton Street:

We were so happy and feel very blessed that we were able to share both Yom Kippur and our daughter's bat mitvzah with Stanton Street Shul.
You and your community have exemplified what it means to open your arms and your hearts to us and to our extended family and guests.
I went through two conversions about 13 years ago—first a conservative and then an Orthodox and I had some not great experiences with some of the Rabbis and community. My husband would always say, “do not confuse Jews with Judaism.” Stanton though has allowed all of us to see the beauty of Judaism through the davening and through the people. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wishing you a year of blessing and health and we will look forward to seeing all of you next year.

Family Fahn

The Pen and the Knife: Stanton Art Exhibit 

Our newest art exhibit is The Pen and The Knife: Jewish Papercuts, featuring seven renowned artists, including several shul members. Check it out next time you are in shul or make an appointment for a private viewing. 


Papercutting has been a common Jewish art form since the Middle Ages, connected with various customs and ceremonies, and associated with holidays and family life.  Our artists practice traditional papercutting as well as more modern interpretations of this longstanding art form. 


Featured artists include Rachel Arsanow, Dory Bergman, David Friedman, Dena Levie, Diane Reich, Deborah Ugoretz, and David Wander


For more information, contact Jill Slater at


Welcoming Our New Rabbinic Intern: Rabbi Jason Goldstein

We are delighted to announce that, in cooperation with Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Stanton Street Shul will soon welcome a rabbinic intern for the 2019-2020 year. 


Rabbi Jason Goldstein is a fourth year student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. He has interned at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal and has served as a scholar in residence at various congregations throughout the country. He was a Leffell AIPAC Fellow and a Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Rabbinic Student Fellow. A graduate of Brandeis University, Rabbi Goldstein has previously learned at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He lives on the Upper West Side, and enjoys hosting Shabbat meals and discovering new recipes.


Rabbi Goldstein will be with us once every month beginning on November 8-9, Parashat Lech Lecha. He will join us for community Shabbat dinners, deliver drashot, and will be teaching classes at various times throughout the year.


We all look forward to extending a warm Stanton welcome to our rabbinic intern.


Help Stanton Go Green

As a community we are beginning to be more mindful of ecological concerns. For a long time we have been attentive to recycling our waste materials.  Now we are beginning the battle of removing plastic utensils from our kitchen and kiddushim.


A set of stainless steel silverware has been purchased, toyveled, [ritually prepared], and is ready for use.  In the coming weeks we will replace plastic cups with dish washable alternatives.  Please see Jeff Katz or Jill Slater to discuss these improvements. 


Sponsor a Kiddush

Sponsoring a kiddush is a great way to celebrate milestones, commemorate a yahrzeit, or show your appreciation for someone in your life. It's about coming together with your community. And with kugel. 


We have sponsorships available through the summer. Please email for more information.




Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities:

Friday Night Kiddush: Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1

Shabbat Kiddush: Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2


To sponsor a kiddush email us at

To sponsor a class, click here.



Support Us!

We rely on your generosity to keep us going with weekly prayer services, kiddushim, classes, kids programming, women's tefilah, cultural programs and other events. Click here to make a donation to the Stanton Street Shul! (We need your moral support, too: Click here to "Like" us on Facebook!)


Get in Touch!

The Stanton Street Shul is located at

180 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 1008, New York, NY 10002



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