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 30, 2015 / 11 Shvat 5775‎

Shabbat Shirah, Parashat B'shallach and Tu Bish'vat Seder – Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 7:00pm

‎‎(Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave.)‎
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Soloist Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev  ‎
Piano and Music Director: Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Rachel Weiss


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:  Edgar Bronfman Sr.z”l, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, Fran Drescher, Michael Feinstein, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tony Kushner, Norman Lear, Leonard Nimoy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Joan Rivers z”l, Aaron Sorkin, and Gloria Steinem.  RSVP Online Form.   Performance Previews


Chelsea Sanctuary:  296 9th Avenue at  W 28th St for Main Kabbalat Shabbat services.
Bethune Sanctuary:  57 Bethune Street
ASL Interpretation Upon Request for Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service - Email cbstoffice@cbst.org 2 weeks in advance.

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