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:

Upcoming Services at CBST:

Friday, February 5, 2016 / 27 Shevat 5776
Parashat Mishpatim – CBST’s Anniversary Shabbat
Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 7:00pm
Ba’alei Tefillah: Judy Ribnick, Larry Kay, and the CBST Community Chorus
Piano and Music Director: Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leaders: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Rachel Weiss
Darshan: CBST President Nathan E. Goldstein

Saturday, February 6, 2016 / 27 Shevat 5776
Limmud B’Shabbat Family Education Retreat Day in the City, 11:00am
Led by Rabbi Rachel 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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