It was festive in the streets Thursday evening as the Stanton Street Shul celebrated Simchat Torah.
Rabbi Josh Yuter at the Stanton Street Shul let us know that they have raised $10,000 through crowdfunding site Lucky Ant, which means the synagogue’s post-Hurricane Sandy campaign to repair water damage has been successful. But Stanton Street still must raise a total of $30,000 to be eligible for matching funds through the New York Landmarks Conservancy. The money will go towards repairing the roof at 180 Stanton Street. Click here if you would like to help.
On Sunday, people from all walks of life paused to remember the 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, 101 years after one of New York’s most devastating tragedies. Every year since 2004, volunteers have chalked the names of the victims on sidewalks across the city. During the weekend, the Stanton Street Shul participated in this relatively new tradition, saying Kaddish for the dead and chalking in memory of the Rosen family, who lived at 78 Clinton Street.
Yenta Laureate, who sent us these photos, explained: “Julia Rosen, was a widowed mother and new immigrant who had worked at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in order to earn the money to send for her 14 year old son, Israel, who was still in Europe. Once he came to New York, (Israel) then worked with her there.”
Happy pre-Purim! There are quite a few activities planned throughout the neighborhood in the next couple of days, including this evening’s Purim Talent Showcase at the Stanton Street Shul. It begins at 9:30pm, following Maariv services and the megillah reading. In addition to the entertainment, there will be refreshments, hamentashen and klezmer music throughout the evening. There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door. The historic Stanton Street Shul is located at 180 Stanton Street (between Clinton and Attorney streets).
As part of their Purim holiday festivities, The Stanton Street Shul will be hosting a talent showcase. They write: The Stanton Street Shul is overjoyed (it is Adar after all) to announce a Purim Talent Showcase. If you sing, dance, act, tell jokes, perform magic or have any other talents, now is your time to shine! Enjoy refreshments, hamentashen and klezmer music throughout the evening. Spread the word and bring your friends –- The more the merrier!
Get your act together and sign up here by March 7th. The showcase will be held on Saturday, March 19th (following Maariv services and megillah reading) at 9:30 pm // $10 suggested // 180 Stanton Street.
Along with our Weekend Music Picks, an interesting “Time/Store” opening, “Five ‘Til (solo) at Dixon Place and Howard Fishman at Abrons, here are a few more events worth checking out on the Lower East Side this weekend:
When I stopped by the Stanton Street Shul one day last week, I found Rabbi Josh Yuter alone in the beis midrash, a ground floor study room. He was seated at a long table, working on his laptop computer. A prolific tweeter, blogger and a former applications developer for major corporations, there’s not much doubt Rabbi Yuter has embraced the digital revolution. Taking a break from preparations for Rosh Hashonah (which begins at sundown tonight) he spoke with me about his online endeavors, but more importantly, about the Stanton Street Shul’s unique place on the Lower East Side.
Rabbi Josh Yuter of the Stanton Street Shul asked us to help spread the word that the “open Orthodox” synagogue is offering free services for the High Holidays this year. Next Wednesday at 7pm is Erev Rosh Hashana. Services continue throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. There’s also a community dinner Wednesday night at 8pm ($24/per person, RSVP required). Yom Kippur services begin on Friday the 17th — Sukkot on September 22nd. As Rabbi Yuter notes, the Stanton Street Shul’s motto is “all are welcome, all will feel welcome.” The free services are offered in the spirit of this philosophy. For more information, visit the synagogue’s web site.