CBST Membership

Welcome and thank you for your interest in CBST Membership. If you're not yet a member, we warmly invite you into our sacred community's meaningful, fulfilling, challenging and exciting Jewish journey.  

It’s easy & secure.‎ Create or strengthen your connection to ‎CBST and become a member online. Join or renew with CBST's Automatic Monthly CONTINUING MEMBERSHIP OR 2019 MEMBERSHIP January thru December

Why take membership in CBST?
- Express your pride and connection to the progressive voice of the CBST Jewish LGBTQS congregation;
- CBST Clergy become your clergy, providing personal inspiration, pastoral care, and lifecycle officiation;
- Access special CBST programs exclusively open for CBST Members:
      Limmud b'Shabbat (educational program for families with children) including B'nai Mitzvah 
      Conversion and Adult B'nai Mitzcah 
      Annual Retreat and certain travel programs
      Lay leadership roles
      Cemetery plot burial rights at member rate
      High Holy Days services seating section closer to the bimah 

What does "Membership" mean?  Membership is a special connection - a statement of mutual support - between an individual, couple or family, and the congregation. In truth, the reasons to become a member, and the meaning of membership, will be different for each individual. Perhaps you have particular concerns, wishes, needs, interests. As a member, CBST Clergy are your clergy. Perhaps you are a spiritual seeker, and wish to gain deeper knowledge of the values and teachings of Judiasm and its traditions and practices. Perhaps you are new to New York, would like to meet new friends, would like to enjoy cultural programming, or wish to take part in social justice activities. Our doors are open. 

Would you like to learn more about CBST? 
Continuing to read this website will give you lots of important information; but the best way to ‎know CBST is to visit us, attend a service, meet the clergy and staff, leaders, and other members. Afterward, we hope that you will make CBST your new spiritual home.  Once here, participate in the experience, learning and social justice activities. Come pray, sing, talk, be, and share. ‎

What about the High Holy Days?
CBST has a long standing "Open Door" policy. Members, family and friends, and strangers too, are all welcome to share the inspiration and joy of the High Holy Days services. To accommodate the 4000 attendees, CBST holds these services at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center or other similar nearby location. Registration (free of charge) is required for Rosh Hashanah First Evening and for Kol Nidre. Tickets are not required for other services. Open Door contributions sustain this core value.  A section closer to the bimah is reserved for CBST Members until 15 minutes prior to start of services; thereafter, all seating is open. 

Does CBST have a Cemetery?
Yes!  Plots are available at discounted price for CBST Members. For info, contact Yolanda Potasinski, Executive Director at ypotasinski@cbst.org.  You are invited to become a Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) member - simply let us know you have remembered CBST in your planned giving. CBST also offers a Charitable Giving Annuity with excellent lifetime percentage - contact Ann Targownik, Director of Development at giving@cbst.org for information. 

What other costs and fees are involved?
As a member, CBST’s clergy becomes YOUR clergy. Customary contributions may be made to Discretionary Funds or to the synagogue in honor of clergy, but there are ‎never fees for members' pastoral care. You will find adult education classes free of charge, or available with a contribution at your discreation, or courses at nominal fee. There are nominal fees for dinners, concerts, etc. and we do hold fundraising events to meet the budget approved by the congregation. There are modest fees for our innovative Limmud B’Shabbat ‎school for children grades K-5, the grades 6 & 7 B'nai Mitzvah classes and Teen Track.  And we should note that Membership covers less than 30% of our ‎operating costs, so your contributions beyond membership are vital and meaningful. Sponsorships and tributes special ways to express your personal connection and support. 

Want to chat with someone? 
Be in touch with Ruth at 212-929-9498 x 815 or membership@cbst.org

Prefer to contribute by check?
Mail to CBST, 130 West 30th Street, New York NY 10001.

Wish to offer a sponsorship, make a pledge, arrange a monthly contribution plan, transfer stock, advise a charitable fund/foundation gift?
I’d love to hear from ‎you!  
Ann Targownik
Director of Development for Membership & Annual Giving
212-929-9498 x 814 ormembership@cbst.org