Kabbalat Shabbat Services - CBST Anniversary Shabbat

In February 1973, a minyan came together in defiance of the prevailing belief that it was impossible to be both deeply Jewish and proudly gay. The community that grew from that inspiration became Congregation Beit Simchat Torah.

This Friday, February 8, 6:30 pm, we celebrate the 46th Anniversary Shabbat and another milestone: This will be the 25th anniversary of Joyce Rosenzweig's first service with Rabbi Kleinbaum at CBST. The participation of the chorus (representatives of all the minyanim) was limited in 1994, but over the years as CBST's Music Director, Joyce developed our chorus into a core component of Shabbat and holiday observances. Rabbi Kleinbaum drew Joyce to CBST and that collaboration has drawn thousands to CBST. Enjoy this video created in celebration of Joyce's 16th anniversary at CBST.


Joyce Rosenzweig Presentation from Shabbat Shirah Concert 2011

Joyce Rosenzweig Presentation from Shabbat Shirah Concert 2011

Come this Friday and celebrate our congregation that has grown from a minyan to some 750 household members and thousands of friends, continuing to change lives and make history. The President of CBST's Board of Directors will teach Torah and give a drash (not a president's report, and not a state of the congregation!)

You may purchase the 2013 "Return Again" High Holy Days CD and/or "Shabbat Shira 2003 / CBST 30th Anniversary Psalms CD" with CBST Community Chorus and guest artists, directed by Joyce Rosenzweig, Music Director online HERE or at the CBST office during business hours.

You may sponsor the Oneg with a brief tribute (deadline is Thurs. Feb. 7, Noon) to be printed in the Shabbat Program on Friday.

See you on Friday for a glorious, celebratory Shabbat!


The core of CBST's religious life is our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service. Service leadership is shared among congregants, Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Assistant Rabbi Yael Rapport, Cantor Steve Zeidenberg, and our Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical interns. Music Director and pianist, Joyce Rosenzweig directs the CBST Community Chorus on a regular basis. CBST's own prayer book, "With All Your Heart" incorporates Hebrew prayers, English readings, and both traditional and modern songs. A drash is delivered each week by one of the Rabbis, an intern, a member of the congregation, or on occasion by a special guest. The Oneg that follows each service provides an opportunity to meet new people and connect with long-standing friends. Services are livestreamed on https://www.facebook.com/BeitSimchatTorah.All are always welcome to CBST services, always without charge.

Shabbat Sponsorship Opportunities
Prayerbook Dedication Opportunities


February 8th, 2019 6:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
130 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
United States
Phone: 212-929-9498

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