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, 7:00pm
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, 10:00am
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 email@example.com.
Chelsea sanctuary located at: 296 9th Ave. at W 28th St. Bethune sanctuary located at: 57 Bethune St.