Celebrate Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s 32 years of transformative leadership

Monday, June 3 from 7:00–9:00pm
Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Honor Rabbi Kleinbaum and her extraordinary achievements as a spiritual leader and changemaker in the Jewish, LGBTQ+, political and social justice worlds at a moving tribute concert. Featuring emcee Kate Clinton and other notables including Tony winner Andrea Martin, Danny Burstein, Beth Malone, Seth Rudetsky, Sally Wilfert, Metropolitan Opera soprano Toni Marie Palmertree, CBST Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig, Cantor Sam Rosen, and the CBST Chorus. 

Enjoy sweeping Manhattan views as we launch the Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

In honor of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s 32 years as CBST’s first Senior Rabbi, we are delighted to announce the launch of The Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum & Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. In keeping with CBST’s mission and Rabbi Kleinbaum’s teaching, “Social Justice is rooted in our Jewish texts, history, theology and liturgy. We don’t separate spirituality from social justice.” The fund will enable CBST to augment and build on its work as a leader in the Jewish/LGBTQ+ social justice movements.

Our goal is to establish this fund as a dedicated permanent fixture for the synagogue. We invite you to build on the generosity of those listed below and support the fund’s launch with a generous donation. All contributions to the Fund will be 100% tax-deductible.

It is perfectly consistent with the extraordinary leadership of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum at CBST and with the personal commitment of the Rabbi and her partner Randi Weingarten that they and we mark her stepping down from her pulpit with the creation of the Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at CBST. These two amazing people have devoted their lives to caring for the other, to raising up those who need help, to healing our wounds, and to building a world of justice and equity across any and every line of difference. It is my honor to give to this fund and to urge others to give generously. Ruth Messinger, Former Manhattan Borough President Former CEO of American Jewish World Service

Photo credit: Harold Levine

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