Clergy

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D., Senior Rabbi
rabbi@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x825
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum serves as spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She was installed as CBST’s first rabbi in 1992... Read more

Rabbi Yael Rapport, Associate Rabbi
rabbirapport@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x826
Rabbi Yael Rapport, was ordained by HUC-JIR in 2015.  Prior to her work at CBST, she served as a Chaplain Resident in the Mount Sinai Health System... Read more

Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Director of Social Justice Programming
rabbijames@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x822
Rabbi Marisa Elana James is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College... Read more

Joyce Rosenzweig, Music Director
jrosenzweig@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x823
Pianist/conductor Joyce Rosenzweig performs frequently in concerts throughout the United ‎States, Canada, Europe, and Israel... Read more

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies
rabbimoskowitz@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x845
Rabbi Mike Moskowitz is a deeply traditional and radically progressive advocate for trans rights and a vocal ally for LGBT inclusivity... Read more

Rabbi Atara Cohen, a former Cooperberg-Rittmaster intern, is so excited to return to CBST... Read more

Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, Sabbatical Senior Rabbi (October 1, 2021-March 31, 2022)
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen is the Senior Director at the New Israel Fund, NY/Tri-State Region... Read more

Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns

Every year, CBST selects one or two rabbinical students as Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical ‎Interns from a large pool of highly qualified candidates.‎
Learn more about the Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Internship
View past rabbinical and cantorial interns

Sam Rosen, Cantorial Intern 
srosen@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x824

Sam Rosen is a native of Sugar Land, Texas. In 2012, he completed Bachelor’s degrees in Music (Ethnomusicology) and... Read more

Yael Werber, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern
ywerber@cbst.org  212-929-9498, x828
Yael Werber is joining CBST in her first year as a CRRI... Read more

Dave Yedid, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern
dyedid@cbst.org​  212-929-9498, x829
Dave Yedid (he/him) is thrilled to be in his second year as a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern... Read more