Sixth Street Community Synagogue
An Important Sacred Site in the East Village
The Sixth Street Community Synagogue is an important sacred site in the East Village today. The distinctive, pre-Civil War structure once housed the St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, which lost most of its congregation in a tragic fire aboard the General Slocum steamship in June, 1904. The building stood empty for years until it was brought back to life by a group of Jewish visionaries in November, 1940.
The Community Synagogue has been a hub for intellectual, religious and social activity. The synagogue originally served a bustling, immigrant population within New York’s Yiddish theater district. The Community Synagogue embraces the East Village’s diverse community, offering Jews of all backgrounds inspirational leadership, creative programming and religious services every day of the year.