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...
... a house of prayer, offering both traditional and liberal services and lifecycle events;
... a house of learning, continually expanding our knowledge and deepening our understanding of our religious and cultural heritage;
... a house of refuge and healing, offering community support and pastoral care;
... a house of conscience, fighting for the full equality of LGBTQ people locally, nationally and internationally;
... committed to Israel and engaged in supporting efforts to secure peace, justice and equality for all.

 

All are invited to be part of the historic Home of Our Own project,
opening new doors on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 130 West 30th Street.
Contribute: https://cbst.org/newhome
Dedication Week Info:
https://cbst.org/content/opening-new-doors


Upcoming Services at CBST:

Friday, February 12, 2016 / 4 Adar I 5776
Parashat Terumah
Main Kabbalat Shabbat
Services, 7:00pm
Ba’al Tefillah: Larry Kay  
Service Leader: CRRI Alex Weissman
Darshanit: Rabbi Rachel Weiss

Saturday, February 13, 2016 / 4 Adar I 5776
Adult Bnai Mitzvah of Joy Gershman and Mike Wormke

Liberal Minyan Shabbat Morning Services, 10:00am at 57 Bethune Street
Service Leaders
: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum & Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Darshanim: Mike Wormke, Joy Gershman
Limmud B'Shabbat, 10:00am 
Alef Bet Shabbat, 11:30am 
Kiddush Lunch, 12:30pm

Topics in LGBTQ Jewish Parenting, 1:30pm, led by Rabbi Weiss

Chelsea Sanctuary: 296 9th Avenue at  West 28th Street (weekly 7 pm 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.
Sponsor a Kiddush in honor or in memory of a special person:  Sponsor   

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