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.

CBST's Annual Congregational Meeting is this Thursday, December 11th at 6:00pm at 57 Bethune Street!
CBST's by-laws provide that the membership meets annually to elect board members and approve the budget. It is also traditional for the Senior Rabbi and Board President to provide an overview on the "state of the synagogue" and for members to ask questions about synagogue affairs. Our Treasurer, Rosalba Messina, will report on our finances and will also answer questions. We hope to see you there! Please also join us at our special Board Installation Kabbalat Shabbat Services this Friday, December 12, at 7:00pm at our Chelsea sanctuary, 296 9th Ave at 28th Street.

Friday, December 12, 2014 / 21 Kislev 5775‎
Vayeishev – Board Installation Shabbat ‎
Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services,
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Soloist Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev & Cantorial ‎Student Vlad Lapin ‎
Piano and Music Director: Joyce Rosenzweig  ‎
Service Leader: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum‎
Darshan: CBST President Nathan Goldstein

Saturday, December 13, 2014 / 21 Kislev 5775‎
Liberal Minyan Shabbat Morning Services,
Service Leaders: Rabbi Rachel Weiss, CRRI Elana Friedman, ‎CRRI Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein, Rabbi Sharon ‎Kleinbaum (Darshanit)‎
Limmud B’Shabbat, 10:00am‎
Alef Bet Shabbat, 11:30am‎
Kiddush Lunch, 12:30pm‎
CBST Goes to Jewish Summer Camp!, 12:30pm, with Rabbi Isaac Saposnik, Director of Camp JRF
Topics in LGBTQ Parenting Discussion, 1:30pm‎

ASL Interpretation Upon Request for Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service - email cbstoffice@cbst.org.
Chelsea sanctuary located at: 296 9th Ave. at  W 28th St.  Bethune sanctuary located at: 57 Bethune St.

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