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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!


Down The Nile

Starting Monday morning on April 6, CBST's Aggadah Actors will release daily video clips for children with activities and challenges designed for ages 2-7 and their grownups (or just invite the whole family!). Although, we cannot gather in person, we will bring the theater experience to your home with new interactive content on Wednesday, April 8th.

Check back here on Monday! 

A basket carrying a baby floats down the Nile River…where is it going, and who will the baby become? Travel down the Nile, across Egypt, and through the Red Sea in this immersive retelling of the Passover story, brought to life with puppetry, live music, sensory storytelling designed especially for very young audiences and their grownups. CLICK to view the trailer


This ground-breaking series of unique theatrical educational experiences is designed especially for children ages 2-7; babies, toddlers, and all children are welcome with their grownups. These immersive, multi-sensory, and educational performances bring Jewish text to life in new and exciting ways, giving participants an active role in telling the story as it unfolds. Utilizing puppetry, live music, and sensory storytelling, AGGADAH ADVENTURES creatively and meaningfully introduce our tradition to a new generation. ​


CBST Trans Pride Kiddush Cup

In celebration of Trans Day of Visibility, CBST is thrilled to offer a custom Trans Pride Kiddush Cup created through a partnership with Israeli Judaic Art designer Yair Emanuel. TDOV is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender, non-binary, & gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. To receive a Trans Pride Kiddush Cup, please follow the instructions below to make a contribution of your choosing from $18 to $180 to help fund Trans, Non-Binary, & Gendernonconforming Programming at CBST. Please be advised: Kiddush Cups are still in production, and while they are expected to arrive by June 1st, in time for Pride, we may experience delays due to the current situation with COVID-19. 

Shabbos as an All Gender Experience
"If we take the opportunity to show up for G-d on Shabbos, if we have the capacity to experience G-d, whether G-d is Queen, King, She, He, or They, we are well on our way to appreciating those different from ourselves. By showing up for God, we learn to show up for everyone." Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, CBST's Scholar-in-Residence, Trans and Queer Jewish Studies

The dimensions of the cup are 12cm height, 6cm diameter. It holds 100ml liquid.

The weight of each cup including the plate is 320 grams. 
The cup and plate are stainless steel, the rings are aluminum, and the color is anodize.
Plate included with cup. Plate and cup are not dishwasher safe.

Artist Bio 
The artist Yair Emanuel, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, lives and works in Jerusalem. Emanuel's designs of Judaic art are based upon a fusion of traditional motifs and ancient Jewish manuscripts with modern and Oriental art. Vivid and harmonious colors as well as a mixture of the old and new characterize Emanuel's work, which he designs and crafts in his Jerusalem studio. The principle techniques utilized encompass painting on silk, hand embroidery, raw silk applique, painting on wood and metal designs. Among the staff are new immigrants and employees with special needs.  A portion of the studio's profit is donated to charity. https://www.emanuel-judaica-israel.com/main-page/

1) Click here
2) Under "Additional Contribution Options" in "I'd like to contribute to:" Select "Social Justice" from the drop-down menu.
3) Enter a numerical amount from $18.00 to $180.00. Your contribution above $18 helps to keep the pricing low for those who need it.
4) Select "Yes" under "Are You Making a Tribute?"
5) Select "On Occasion Of" under "Tribute Type:"
6) Under "Honoree Name" type: "TDOV Kiddush Cup"
7) Skip the rest of the fields and scroll to the bottom and select "Next Page"
8) Select your method of payment and follow the instructions to complete the transaction. You will have the opportunity to review before completing.



Director of Development, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)


Located in New York City, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism. Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes LGBTQ and straight individuals and families who share common values. Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice everywhere, and strives for human rights for all.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the Board President, Senior Rabbi, and the Development Chair(s) and Committee, the Development Director is responsible for designing, implementing and leading a sustainable development strategy to support CBST’s many ambitious goals for today and for securing its financial health for the future. Development is an essential and integral part of CBST and is interwoven in everything the synagogue does to support its mission.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and enhance the current giving infrastructure to expand, develop and cultivate the donor base.
  • Increase funding for the capital reserve fund established to support and maintain the facility.
  • Develop a strategy to establish an endowment fund to ensure the long-term sustainability of the institution.
  • Seek new grant opportunities, while continuing to build upon existing relationships with family and institutional foundations.
  • Lead CBST’s major annual fundraising efforts, which include its Annual Appeal, Annual Gala, two major annual Concerts, Membership, and other special funds and initiatives.
  • Provide regular progress reports to Board of Directors.


  • Fundraising experience in the nonprofit social justice-focused, Jewish, and LGBTQ communities, preferably in the NYC metro area.
  • Experience in managing annual campaigns, capital campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, corporate giving, and foundation giving is preferred.
  • A track record of success as a lead solicitor of major gifts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Minimum of 5-7+ years of increasing responsibility in fundraising.
  • An undergraduate degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge of data base and fundraising software.
  • Ability to work closely with Board and staff, as well as independently.
  • Excellent communications skills, written and verbal.
  • A collaborator who appreciates the value of building on strengths of individuals.
  • Ability to think and plan broadly and strategically.
  • Embrace the mission and values of CBST while creating an integrated development program and continuing the culture of giving.
  • Acts as an energetic, enthusiastic representative and advocate of the synagogue both to internal and external constituents.
  • Relationship builder who has strong planning and implementation skills in addition to being able to mold infrastructure while increasing organizational capacity.
  • Ability to foster a team-oriented environment and mentor others is critical, coupled with a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial technique for increasing contributed income.
  • Results-driven, experience establishing and using metrics to drive productivity.


To apply online, please visit https://app.trinethire.com/companies/22607-cbst/jobs



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