Join or Renew your 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. Click a link below to join or renew!  

It’s easy & secure.‎ Create or strengthen your connection to ‎CBST and become a member online. Sign up for a new membership or renew your membership with the CBST ongoing Automatic Monthly plan: CONTINUING MEMBERSHIP 
OR join or renew for 2018 MEMBERSHIP in FULL thru December 2018
OR join or renew for 2019 MEMBERSHIP in FULL January thru December 2019

What does "Membership" mean?  Membership is a special connection - a statment 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. Registration (free of charge) is required for Rosh Hashanah First Evening and for Kol Nidre. Tickets are not required for other services. We do ask each person to support CBST's Open Door, at whatever amont they are able. Contributions in support of CBST's Open Door 2018 sustains 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

What other costs and fees are involved?
Our long-standing Open Door is the very means through which CBST has built its congregation and presence in the NYC Jewish and LGBTQ communities. All services, including the High Holy Days are open to ALL without charge. Members' seating is reserved closest to the bimah, otherwise the seating is open to anyone and everyone who wishes to join us! 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. There are commonly nominal fees or donation requests for adult ‎education programs, dinners and the like. There is a modest fee for our innovative Limmud B’Shabbat ‎school for children grades K-5, the grades 6 & 7 B'nai Mitzvah classes and the new Teen Track.  And we should note that Membership covers only about 30% of our ‎operating costs, so other contributions are vital, meaningful and traditional. There are many ways to express your personal connection and support.

Want to chat with someone? 
Be in touch with Ann at 212-929-9498 x 814 or membership@cbst.org

Wish to contribute via check, stock or charitable fund/foundation? 
I’d love to hear from ‎you!
Ann Targownik
Director of Development for Membership & Annual Giving
212-929-9498 x 814 ormembership@cbst.org