CBST in These Challenging Times

“The CBST community knows what it takes to live through a plague. Love and compassion and support are at the center of survival. Remember to be kind and generous while being cautious and vigilant about staying healthy and keeping others safe. We will continue to be a bold spiritual community of resistance and love. “May the Holy One surround you and your loved ones and give you strength and comfort as we face the uncertainty of these times. Be the reason people have faith in the goodness of others.”  —Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum


Class and Event Recordings

Livestreamed Services and Programs 
Visit CBST's Facebook page to view. You don’t need a Facebook account to view our livestream--it’s a public page.

"Connecting in Community" 
Fridays, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 3-4 pm  On computer via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/256347787
By Phone: +1 646 876 9923  Meeting ID: 256 347 787
In this stressful time, we need to love, support, and listen to one another with an open heart. All are invited to a short text study & support session led by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal via Zoom. OPEN TO ALL. No registration required. 

Friday, April 3, 6:30 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat service - Livestreamed via Facebook
Ba’al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader & Drashah: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

To view a previous week's service, visit the Videos tab of our Facebook page. Here is the pdf of the siddur for Shabbat services.

Saturday, April 4, 8:30 pm Havdalah

Wednesday, April 8, 6:00 pm First Night Passover Seder

The following programs will be held via Zoom, OPEN TO ALL

Mondays through Fridays, 10 am: Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum: Have a translation with you. No Hebrew required. We'll end with a healing prayer. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/513468144 OR dial +1 646 876 9923 (New York)  Meeting ID: 513 468 144

Passover Prep with Rabbi Moskowitz, Mondays thru Thursdays, through 4/7, 6:30-7:15 pm
Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/238671634 or dial +1 646 876 9923 (New York)   Meeting ID: 238 671 634

Ongoing Spiritual Practice 
A healing prayer from Joyce Rosenzweig & Cantorial Intern David Fair 

Rabbi Kleinbaum's thoughts on "Spiritual Lessons for Today's Plague"

A Prayer for Health Care Workers
May the One who blessed our ancestors bless all those who put themselves at risk to care for the sick: physicians and nurses and orderlies, technicians and home health aides, EMTs and pharmacists (And bless especially _______), who navigate the unfolding dangers of the world each day, to tend to those they have sworn to help. Bless them in their coming home and bless them in their going out. Ease their fear. Sustain them. Source of all breath, healer of all beings, protect them and restore their hope. Strengthen them, that they may bring strength; keep them in health, that they may bring healing. help them know again a time when they can breathe without fear. Bless the sacred work of their hands. May this plague pass from among us, speedily and in our days. --Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, March 2020

Online Meditation, Institute for Jewish Spirituality Monday-Friday 12:30-1 PM EST, through April 4 More Details & Resources

Egalitarian Morning and Afternoon Minyans
Join a daily traditional egalitarian morning minyan (prayer service) via ZOOM from Sutton Place Synagogue (recommended by CBST Board Member Harold Levine). CBST Member David Shmidt Chapman is rabbinical intern; Rabbi Rachel Ain leads. 8:00 am Morning Minyan (Monday through Friday) by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/983632710; or Phone: +1 646 876 9923; meeting ID: 983 632 710; 5:45 pm Afternoon Minyan (Monday through Thursday) by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/400624092; or Phone: +1 646 876 9923; meeting ID: 400 624 092

Lehrhaus Classes: All Lehrhaus classes are now taught via ZOOM. Those who have registered have received class-specific Zoom links. Questions? Contact jkatz@cbst.org All are welcome to register now for "Lessons from the European Diaspora" with CBST Member Josh Kruchten. This course is free, but your contribution will support Jewish Learning at CBST. Get info and registration HERE.

Resources in The Time of COVID-19

Cool things happening online in the community
Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center free online classes
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene free broadcasts
Nightly Metropolitan Opera livestreams

300,000+ books available to download from the New York Public Library; CBST Community Cultural Recommendations: Got some recommendations for spiritually nourishing books, songs, movies, or other ways of passing the time in quarantine? Share them with the community here -- simply type any suggestions you have under the appropriate category, and enjoy!