5. Sixth Street Community Center
Sixth Street Community Center (636 E. 6th Street): From 1905 until the ’70s, this building in the East Village was a functioning synagogue for the Congregation Ahawath Yeshurun Shar’a Torah. Since then, it has served as a nonprofit health center seeking to educate and empower lower-income households in the area. For instance, the center runs a Community Supported Agriculture program that supplies members with local produce. Although the interior of the building has been renovated and the entrance painted over, most of the former shul’s exterior artistry has been preserved or restored. Check out the plaque bearing the synagogue’s name that is still in place above the entrance.
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