Fifty & Fabulous: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future

We’re all still basking in the afterglow of the amazing celebration on December 3, 2023 of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah’s first 50 years.

With well over 500 members, friends, and family in attendance, we blew the roof off the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center with a powerful multimedia extravaganza highlighting the evolution of our sacred community and its place on the Jewish, LGBTQ+, local, and national stages.

We invite you to experience the energy, the joy, and the love all over again in the video recording of Act One of the evening, which includes our gratitude to everyone who supported the Fund For the Future.

After the program, we danced the night away thanks to DJ Emil Cohen, complete with scrumptious bites and beverages. What a glorious night! What a glorious community!

It’s not too late to support CBST. You can text CBST50 to 44-321 or make your donation here.

Click here to see the dozens and dozens of wonderful photos taken by Laurie Rhodes of the big night.

Watch Fifty & Fabulous

Digital Journal


Sunday, December 3, 2023, 4:00 p.m. at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center, 10 East 66th Street, NYC

You're Invited!

To a Party Five Decades in the Making!

Countdown to Fifty & Fabulous!


Act 1 - 4:00 p.m. - Program & Concert

Join us for a powerful multimedia concert event celebrating CBST’s five extraordinary decades with music and memories… weaving together the multiple strands of our story in honor of our past and excitement for our future.


Andy Cohen
Host / Executive Director,
“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D.
Senior Rabbi, CBST

Act 2 - 6:00 p.m. - Party!

Afterwards, enjoy festive food and drink while we shmooze and dance the night away in celebration of our beloved shul, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah!

Dress to impress in your glittery best!

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Event Committee

Sabrina Farber, Co-Chair
Mark Nash, Co-Chair
Ariana Fekett
Steven Frank
Josh Lehrer
Jayson Littman
Yolanda Potasinski
Beth Woloff

Programming Committee

Adria Benjamin
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Cantor Sam Rosen
Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Liz Scheier

50th Anniversary Campaign Committee

Harold Levine, Chair
Bonnie Pollack
Michael Vine
Ruth Gursky, Journal Co-Chair
Laurie Siegel, Journal Co-Chair

Host Committee Sponsors

Heymi and Esteban Kuriel
Dr. David Reich and Keith Marran
Jeffrey Seller
David Wine and Michael MacElhenny

Presenting Sponsors
Alton Bader
Simon Dratfield and Sherri Felt Dratfield

Platinum Sponsors
Stephen Frank and Adam Berger
William Hibsher and Richard Orient 
Kenneth Karpel and Ira Rosenblum
Noemi Masliah
Gabriella Nawi
Jayne Sherman and Deborah Zum

Gold Sponsors
Dr. Rosanne Leipzig and Ora Chaikin
Marsha Melnick and Susan Meyer
Eric Rosenbaum and Pierre Vallet

Silver Sponsors
Barbara Dolgin and Hanna Gafni
Janet Pavloff and Lisa Kartzman
Mike Vine and Bill Getreuer

Bronze Sponsors
Nancy Alpert and Gwen Marcus
Andy Austin and Honorable Michael Sonberg
Phyllis Dicker
Sabrina Farber and Ellen Shapiro
Jay Fischer and Michael Lehrman
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Randi Weingarten 
Regina Linder and Leah Trachten
Mark Nash and Howard Rebenstock
Gregg Passin and Andrew Schmidt
Bonnie Pollack
Lin Rosenbluth and Sally Kopstein

Host Committee Patrons

Dr. Laural S. Boone
Steven Frank and Mark Lerner
Laurie Magid and Jeffrey Miller
Yolanda Potasinski

David Kuntz and Elijah Huyghue
Plaza Memorial Community Chapel, Inc.
Beth and Aaron Woloff

Mindy Alpert and Andrea Kantor
Naomi Blakeman and Ariana Fekett
Tanya Domi
Dr. Ora Ezrachi
David Flohr
Donna Gray
Rabbi Jo Hirschmann and Elizabeth Wilson

Philip Johnson
Marcy Kahn and Dr. Diane Churchill
Ryan Karben
Harold Levine
Dr. Marilyn Mishaan
Cindy Rizzo and Jennifer Schwam
Ivan Zimmerman and Taryn Higashi 

*Listings as of September 29

Proceeds from this event benefit the CBST Fund for the Future – a community-wide campaign to raise $3 million to ensure CBST’s commitment to meaningful, enriching, bold, progressive goals and actions for the next 50 years. Learn more about CBST’s 50th Anniversary.

CBST is a 501(c)(3) organization. The tax-deductible portion of your gift is the total donation amount less the value of goods and services received in exchange for your gift.

Fifty & Fabulous: Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future

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