Welcome to CBST

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism.  Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values.  Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people.

This Week's Services:

Friday, January 23, 2015 / 4 Shvat 5775‎
Parashat Bo – Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services
, 7:00pm
‎‎(Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave.)‎
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Soloist Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev with Marc ‎Molomot ‎
Piano and Music Director: Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
Darshanit: CRRI Elana Friedman

Bethune Minyan, 8:30pm (Bethune Sanctuary, 57 Bethune St)
Ba’al Tefillah and Darshan: Ron Weiss
Service Leader: Joshua Bilmes

Saturday, January 24, 2015 / 4 Shvat 5775‎
Liberal Minyan Shabbat Morning Services
, 10:00am
(Bethune Sanctuary, 57 Bethune St.)‎
Service Leaders: Rabbi Rachel Weiss, CRRI Elana Friedman, CRRI ‎Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein
Limmud B'Shabbat, 10:00am 
Alef Bet Shabbat, 11:30am 
Kiddush Lunch, 12:30pm ‎


SAVE-the-DATE:  Sunday, February 22, 2015
CBST's 20th Annual Shabbat Shirah Concert
3 pm at Merkin Hall, West 67th Street off B'way

Based on the best-selling book by Abigail Pogrebin, "Stars of David: Story to Song" is a funny and captivating song-cycle featuring original music by Broadway's finest composers and lyricists, celebrating the Jewish identity of America’s most notable public figures. RSVP Online Form.

Performance Previews

Chelsea sanctuary located at: 296 9th Ave. at  W 28th St for Main Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Bethune sanctuary located at: 57 Bethune St.
ASL Interpretation Upon Request for Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service - we ask that you email cbstoffice@cbst.org two weeks in advance.

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