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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 the human rights for all people.‎

CBST is unaffilated with any single movement within Judaism and is continually engaged in holding to a variety of rich traditions, ideas and backgrounds.

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-raising, 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.‎

Since 1973, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) has been a home and haven for LGBTQ Jews and ‎our allies, in and around New York City. ‎

For an in-depth understanding, we offer our 40th anniversary book, Changing Lives, Making ‎History: CBST, The First Forty Years written by Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen with a Foreword by Rabbi ‎Sharon Kleinbaum. Changing Lives, Making History is a 320-page, lavishly-illustrated, full-color, ‎hard-cover volume.

Support the CBST Historic Archives or order Changing Lives, Making History.