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.


We are currently looking to fill the following positions:


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Construction Updates 
Are you curious to know what is going on with the construction at "Our New Home" - 130 West 30th Street? See a Month by Month view here

Upcoming Services at CBST:

Friday, May 22, 2015 / 5 Sivan 5775
‎Parashat Bamidbar– Harvey Milk Shabbat
Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services
, 7:00pm‎
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Soloist Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, Cantorial Student ‎Vlad Lapin ‎
Music Director and Piano: Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Darshanit: Coperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Elana Friedman

Bethune Minyan, 8:30pm‎
Ba’al Tefillah: Ron Weiss
Service Leader and Darshanit: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Saturday, May 23, 2015 / 5 Sivan 5775
‎Parashat Bamidbar - Liberal Minyan Shabbat Morning
, 10:00am‎‎
10th Anniversary Service of the Adult Bnai Mitzvah class of 2005
‎Ba’al Tefillah: Larry Kay  ‎
Service Leaders: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Limmud B'Shabbat, 10:00am
Alef Bet Shabbat, 11:30am
Kiddush Lunch, 12:30pm ‎

Saturday, May 23, 2015 / 6 Sivan 5775‎
Erev Shavuot Learning and Celebration, 7:00pm – 2:00am
‎At the 14th St Y (14th St and 1st Avenue)‎

Workshops led by Rabbi Kleinbaum, Rabbi Weiss, Rabbi Bauer, CRRI ‎Ruhi Sophia Motzkin Rubenstein and CRRI Elana Friedman

Monday, May 25, 2015 / 7 Sivan 5775
‎Shavuot Day II Yom Tov Morning Services with Hallel and Yizkor
, ‎‎10:00am
Service Leaders: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Rachel Weiss

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 cbstoffice@cbst.org 2 weeks in advance.

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