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.
Passover begins on Friday, April 3rd! Chag Sameach!
We are still accepting Chametz Forms until Tuesday, March 31st. Download your form here!
Seder Meal Match - If you are hosting a Seder (1st or 2nd night) and have room around your table, or if you are looking to attend a Seder at someone's home, please contacts us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this is for CBST members only.
Annual 2nd Night Community Pesach Seder - space is still available for you to join us!
Pesach Services at CBST:
Friday, April 03, 2015/ 15 Nisan 5775
Shabbat Pesach Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:00pm-7:00pm (Pre-seder!) at our Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave at 28th St
Service Leaders: Ruth Gursky and Judy Hollander
Saturday, April 04, 2015 / 16 Nisan 5775
Pesach Ma’ariv, 6:00pm at 57 Bethune St
CBST's Annual 2nd Night Community Pesach Seder, 6:30pm
Service Leaders: Cantor Maria Dubinsky and Rabbi David Dunn Bauer
Friday, April 10, 2015 / 22 Nisan 5775
Pesach VIII- Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 7:00pm at our Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave at 28th St
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Soloist Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev and Assaf Astrinsky
Pianist and Music Director: Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Darshanit: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Saturday, April 11, 2015 / 22 Nisan 5775
Pesach VIII Yom Tov / Liberal Minyan Shabbat Services with Yizkor, 10:00am at 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
Topics in LGBTQ Jewish Parenting Discussion, 1:30pm
Bechol dor vador chayav adam lirot et atzmo k’ilu hu yatzav mimitsrayim
In every generation, each individual should reel personally redeemed from Egypt” (Passover Haggadah).
Where is your Egypt? Where is your desert? We are all part of the same wandering community, and we are all on the road to freedom together. As you opened the holiday of Passover with your loved ones at Seder, bring the holiday to a close with your CBST family. Chag Sameach!
Chelsea Sanctuary: 296 9th Avenue at West 28th Street (weekly Main Kabbalat Shabbat service)
Bethune Sanctuary and Main Office: 57 Bethune Street
ASL Interpretation Upon Request for Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service - Email email@example.com 2 weeks in advance.