CBST: Building a Bold Spiritual Community of Resistance and Love

Programs and Events

NOTE:  CBST is currently holding all services and programs via Zoom or Livestream. 
Check the CBST.org Calendar for schedules, information, and connecting codes.

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On Kol Nidre, Rabbi Kleinbaum spoke about the history of Jewish persecution and demonization and immigration, and how today's efforts to demonize Muslims, Mexicans, and others are connected to our history. She called on each of us to "Be the reason people believe in the goodness of people." So we proudly launch CBST's new Sanctuary Initiative: Supporting Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers at CBST. Click here to read more about what this means.  The Sanctuary team is led by Sabrina Farber and Sherry Fyman, with CBST members Noemi Masliah, Lyosha Gorshkov, Harold Levine, Marsha Melnick, Rick Landman, Lee Jason Goldberg, and CBST Director of Social Justice Programming Rabbi Marisa James and CRRI Rabbi Ayalon Eliach. 

Resistance: Calls and Cards
Thursdays from 12:30-2:00pm at 130 W 30th Street 
Unhappy about the administration in Washington? You're not alone! Come for pizza to fuel your phone calls and postcard writing every Thursday from 12:30-2:00 in the CBST lobby. Exercise your democratic right to contact your elected (and non-elected) officials and make your voice heard in Washington, Albany, and elsewhere. Bring a cell phone and your fighting spirit! We provide everything else!

House of Peace Jewish-Muslim Outreach
Welcoming Visit at Islamic Center at NYU
Fridays from 12:45pm - 2:30pm at 238 Thompson St. 
CBST's Jewish-Muslim outreach initiative, "House of Peace,"  invites you to our weekly visit to welcome Muslim worshipers for Friday Jummah services. For a meaningful Friday afternoon, come for the whole time, or for one shift: 12:45-1:30 or 1:45-2:30pm. We'll bring the signs!
Register for House of Peace e-mails here (even if you're already on a CBST mailing list) 
Email Harold with any questions at houseofpeace@cbst.org. And if you can't join us this week, consider a Friday in the future!   

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training
On Sunday February 11, 2018, trainers Alexis Danzig and Jamie Bauer joined Rabbi Kleinbaum to lead a day of learning about Nonviolence Civil Disobedience - both history and practice. If you missed the training, you can still get a taste of the learning by reading the training packet here, and you can see photos from the day here.

Looking Back
See Marches, Rallies, Demonstrations, Speakers, and Events we've had this year! 

October 1, 2017: New York City Muslims and Jews March to Support the Rohingya

As our need for beauty continued, especially in a time of great challenge, the CBST community was moved by our series of CONCERTS for SOCIAL JUSTICE.  Watch for listings of upcoming Concerts. Contributions support CBST’s bold social justice initiatives.

On Monday, February 6, 2017, along with 18 other rabbis through an action organized by T'ruah - Rabbis for Human Rights, Rabbi Kleinbaum was arrested in front of The Trump International Hotel in Manhattan for an act of civil disobedience against the Muslim travel ban. Rabbi is now home and safe, as are Rabbi David Dunn Bauer and former Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann, who were both with her. See the links below:
19 rabbis arrested outside Trump's Manhattan hotel to protest travel ban, New York Daily News
About 20 Rabbis Arrested During Protest Over Trump Travel Ban, New York Times
Message from T'RUAH, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights

Women's March on Washington DC, and NYC, January 21
On Staurday, January 21st, CBST joined in the diversity of the Women's March on Washington, to show our solidarity in a presence of numbers too great to ignore. The Women's March on Washington, was the largest march ever held in Washington and sent a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

Building a Bold Spiritual Community of Resistance and Love
by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

CBST is  engaging in a process of discerning what it will be to be a powerful spiritual community of resistance and love. This is a marathon - as Heschel said in 1944 - just as evil as the forces of fascism are, we must be as forcefully good.
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Thanks to all 120 participants who joined in our community-wide gathering on Thursday, January 5th! We're proud to move forward after our discussions about prioritizing actions related to education, spirituality - liturgy and prayer, direct services and engagement, social justice and political activism, and more. Participants shared ideas and strategies for coming together as a bold spiritual community of resistance and love and building a deeper base for engagement and thoughtful activism. Have ideas, resources, or thoughts to add? Email rabbi@cbst.org.

Edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians, forthcoming from Melville House Press - 

More info here
Read Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum's essay in this stellar collection of writers, thinkers, activists, and politicians about what we can do now to cope with Trump’s election, and how, moving forward, we can protect our values, our politics, and our country.