Welcome to CBST

We hope your High Holy Day experiences have been meaningful and joyful! We extend all best wishes for a good and sweet new year.

All are invited to be part of the historic Home of Our Own project at 130 West 30th Street.  Contact us at giving@cbst.org; arrange a tour of the renovation of our new synagogue as we approach completion and dedication in early 2016. rticipate in this historic project: ONLINE Home of Our Own Capital Campaign Gift

Home of Our Own Construction Updates
Curious to see construction progress at 130 West 30th Street?  Photos:  view here

Listen to a sample from our High Holy Days CD, Return Again, Hashivenu: Achat Sha'alti, Israel Katz, born 1930, sung by the CBST Community Chorus

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.

Upcoming Services at CBST:

Friday, October 16, 2015 / 4 Cheshvan 5776
Parashat Noach, Blessing of the Animals
Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 7:00pm at Chelsea Sanctuary
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Intern Steve Zeidenberg and Larry Kay  
Service Leader: Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Darshanit: Rabbi Rachel Weiss

“The animals they came on, they came on by twosies twosies…” Each year on Shabbat Noach (the parshah about the building of the ark), we celebrates and bless the animals who are so important in our lives.  Recalling the Covenant of the Rainbow between Noah and God we celebrate the animals and renew our pledge to protect them.  Come for a blessing for your animals and get a rainbow ribbon to tie on to your pet’s collar or cage, or fish tank! Please note: we are not able to physically accommodate your beloved animals in synagogue, so please leave your animals at home.  We will offer a blessing on their behalf and yours! Thank you for understanding.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 / 4 Cheshvan 5776
Shabbat Morning Traditional Egalitarian Minyan
, 10:00am at Bethune Sanctuary
Ba’al Tefillah: CI Steve Zeidenberg  
Darshan: Rabbi David Dunn Bauer

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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