Kabbalat Shabbat Services - German & Austrian Jewish Music Shabbat
Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) was a horrific pogrom against Jews that took place throughout Germany and Austria on November 9-10, 1938. The name refers to the shards of broken glass that blanketed the streets after Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed and were set on fire. These dark and frightening days marked the transformation of Nazi Germany from words of hatred to acts of murder and destruction. At CBST, we mark this time of unfathomable destruction by celebrating the glorious musical heritage of the German synagogue. We will pray our Shabbat service incorporating musical settings written by Germany and Austria's greatest synagogue composers, including Lewandowski, Sulzer, Schalit, Kirschner and Weill. Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen and Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig, incorporating videos by the CBST Chorus, will give honor to this rich tradition, among the most gorgeous and profound synagogue music ever written.
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, and our Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical interns, and Cantorial intern. 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. When we are back in our Home at West 30th Street, we will once again enjoy gathering for the Oneg (delight) that follows each service providing an opportunity to meet new people and connect with long-standing friends over delicious desserts. Services are livestreamed HERE. All are always welcome to CBST services, always without charge.