Chazak: the Red Ribbon Team

As an LGBTQ, faith-based organization, our mission is to end the stigma and shame associated with HIV/AIDS. Inspired by our Jewish values, we promote education, acceptance, openness, treatment, prevention, advocacy, and action across communities, gender, and age groups.

Talk to Me About HIV

Questions? Email Jesse Katz at jkatz@cbst.org

The "Talk to Me About HIV" program is generously funded by the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene through a contract with Public Health Solutions. Using informational resources and facilitated workshops, "Talk to Me About HIV" raises awareness among clergy, professional staff, and lay leaders of Jewish organizations about HIV risk, prevention, treatment, and stigma. We offer strategies to address the ongoing HIV epidemic. This effort was aligned with New York State’s goal to achieve the first ever decrease in HIV prevalence in New York State by the end of 2020.

Talk to Me About HIV succeeds because it emerges from a place of respect, empowerment, and Jewish spirituality. The project facilitates urgently necessary dialogue about HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and stigma. Our practical resource toolkit and personal video portraits can enrich anyone’s learning about HIV.

CBST hosts a facilitated weekly group, Living Successfully with HIV/AIDS, Tuesday evenings at 6 pm, online via Zoom. Email jkatz@cbst.org to receive the Zoom info. Each week our supportive social gathering begins with half an hour of shmoozing with Rabbi James, followed by a session with Scott A. Kramer, LCSW-R, ACSW. Share stories and compare notes about what it means to be living successfully with HIV/AIDS. This group is for people of any age 18 or older from any religious background who want to build community and support.

Watch our Talk to Me About HIV "Voices of Community" video playlist!


Talk to Me About HIV is a project of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) and is funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through a contract with Public Health Solutions.