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CBST During Covid-19

A COMMUNITY OF LOVE & SUPPORT IN 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

When you CONTRIBUTE to CBST, you make a meaningful statement.

CBST DURING COVID-19:
Shalom! During the COVID-19 crisis, CBST is creating innovative ways to provide opportunities for Jewish religious observance, Torah study, social justice activism,  Jewish cultural education, and pastoral support. Check the listings below for all the ways you can engage with CBST! Most of our programming is conducted online via Zoom, so please be sure to read up on our Zoom Instructions & Etiquette for Participants. If you need immediate tech support to access our online services and programs, just text 646-450-3556.

JEWISH RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE:

Weekly Services 
- Kabbalat Shabbat Services are livestreamed every Friday night at 6:30pm via CBST's Facebook page. (Anyone can participate. You don’t need to have a Facebook account.)
- Shabbat Morning Services are held via Zoom every Saturday morning at 9:30am, as well as livestreamed via Facebook. Check our website calendar for Zoom info and service information. 
- Havdalah is led by a member of our clergy team or lay leadership on Saturday evenings. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/654880356.

Consider Sponsoring Shabbat Livestreaming/Zoom.

HIGH HOLY DAYS 5781 / 2020
The High Holy Days frame a uniquely intimate, yet communal experience of holiness in our lives. This year, given the realities of the COVID-19 world, it will not be safe to hold services in person. We will share the Days of Awe as an international CBST community online, creating beautiful and meaningful spiritual experiences. 

 

SACRED TEXT STUDY, CLASSES, & PROGRAMS

The Month of Elul 5780 at CBST - Psalms Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum, Daily Teachings with Rabbi Moskowitz, Challah Baking & More
The Hebrew month of Elul has always held an essential place in the Jewish calendar, and this year of all years it seems even more necessary. Elul is a month of preparation, of spiritual discernment and direction. 

At CBST, we prepare for the upcoming Days of Awe, the High Holy Days of 5781, with unique opportunities for study, connection, and prayer. Prepare yourself for this season, individually and as part of a community. Fill your home with the smell of fresh baked challah, introduce yourself to our new Machzor with the guidance of our Clergy and Music Team, deepen your understanding of what "repentance" means in Jewish thought, set up your home space to be a house of prayer for S'lichot, Rosh Hashanah, and Yom Kippur.

Through classes, workshops, services, and social justice work, you are invited on this journey towards a year of goodness and sweetness that is in our hands to create. Elul brims with possibility; a new year is dawning.

COVID-19 RESOURCES and CBST COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: 

Click here for important resources for physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual health, as well as legal, social, and economic resources. We will regularly update this list. If you have resource suggestions, please share - email Judy Ribnick.

CBST Members' Town Halls: These special programs about life during the pandemic were held via Zoom for CBST members only. The content is so important that we have made the recordings available to all. Learn about MembershipRenew/Join online.  

Mishpachah Mondays with Rabbi James and Sharon Golub (Mondays, 5-6pm; Zoom) 
ZOOM; Meeting ID: 513 521 023; Call-in: +1 646 876 9923. This weekly social gathering is hosted by the Mishpachah group (55+) and open to all! Bring a mocktail and/or a snack and a story to share. No registration required. 

Connecting in Community (Fridays, 3-4 pm) 
ZOOM; Meeting ID: 256 347 787; Call-in: +1 646 876 9923. A combination of text study and support session. In this stressful time, we need to love and listen to one another with open hearts. No registration required. [Rabbi Atara Cohen, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Education & Pastoral Intern, will be leading during the summer.]

ONGOING SPIRITUAL PRACTICE and SUPPORT: 

Let the CBST Office Know of an Illness and Adding Names to the Refuah List  
Our refuah list is for those with acute illness. Any member can submit their name for one-month inclusion. We only print names of members who have consented. If you or a CBST member you know is ill & would like support, please contact us. We’re here for you! 
A Healing Prayer from Joyce Rosenzweig and Cantorial Intern David Fair 
Rabbi Kleinbaum's thoughts on "Spiritual Lessons for Today's Plague" 
A Prayer for Health Care Workers

Music to Soothe Your Soul

  • "Beautiful City" performed by Cantorial Intern David Fair, Music Director & Pianist Joyce Rosenzweig, and the CBST Community Chorus at CBST, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. "Beautiful City" was written in 1972 as part of the film Godspell and was re-written in 1993, following the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles.
  • "Bless the Lord" (from Godspell) Words and Music by Stephen Schwartz (based on Psalm 103); Cantor Steve Zeidenberg, Cantor David Berger, Galeet Dardashti, The CBST Chorus, Dror Baitel, pianist, Joyce Rosenzweig, conductor; an excerpt from CBST's 2019 Annual Benefit Concert.
  • "Somewhere" from West Side Story (1957), written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. This arrangement by Robert Edgerton was performed by the CBST Community Chorus, Joyce Rosenzweig, conductor, at the 2016 Shabbat Shirah Concert.
  • “Alei D’vai” or “Leaves of Woe” a painful and hauntingly beautiful song that forms the final movement of a cantata by the great Israeli composer, Marc Lavry (1903-1967). This recording dates from June 2, 2019 at CBST’s 24th Annual Benefit Concert, “Psalm Enchanted Evening” and is performed by Cantor David Berger, Dror Baitel, piano, the CBST Community Chorus, Joyce Rosenzweig, conductor.
  • Min Hametzar, as sung at our 2016 Shabbat Shirah concert by the CBST Community Chorus, Joyce Rosenzweig, conductor, with soloists Marc Molomot and Sam Rosen.
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CBST Kabbalat Shabbat Live Stream TEST

March 5, 2021 | 22 Adar 5781
 

HIAS Refugee Shabbat

Tonight's service leaders:

Ba’al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Guest Speakers: Luis Alvaro Peña Osorio and Azeem Khan,
two friends from our Pro Se Immigration Clinic community

Make a Shabbat donation (pop-up window)

 

 

 

 

View this week's Shabbat program (PDF)
View Siddur pages (PDF)

Note: Please view the Siddur pages on your screen only. The Hebrew text contains the name of God.
If printed, proper disposal requires placing the pages in a genizah.

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Memorial Wall

New MEMORIAL WALL in the Kuriel Chapel

A new digital interactive system, created by leading synagogue plaque fabricator, W.E. Baum, will display Memorials in the Kuriel Chapel, replacing the existing Family & Friends bronze plaques. Members memorialized in the Wine Family Sanctuary will also be included in this new system. CBST will have unlimited capacity to meet the congregation’s needs into the future, and the system offers a number of unique features, described below.

Here is a preliminary rendering of the new Memorial Wall, designed by the original Home of Our Own, award-winning architects, ARO. 

Here is an example of the 65" interactive display of Yortzeits of the week.

Up to 44 yortzeit names of the week will be displayed, alphabetically. If there are more yortzeits to be observed in a particular week, and for the four annual Yizkor observances, names will slowly scroll.

With the Search feature, one can walk up to the touch screen, enter a name, and details will appear for anyone remembered in the system.

Moreover, we’re excited to note that you will be able to access the Memorial Wall via the internet, wherever you are! 

Here is an example of the search results display for any individual in the system: 

Now, you will also have the opportunity to include a tribute, biography, and/or photo for any individual Memorial. Here’s an example:   

Another unique feature is the opportunity to search and view a list of relatives, and then you can click to learn more about each.

If you already dedicated a bronze plaque in memoriam, your loved one's memorial will automatically appear in the new system, free of charge. If you wish to obtain the bronze plaque, contact giving@cbst.org to arrange pick-up or shipment.

Members (only) who wish to create a new Memorial OR wish to add a tribute, biography and/or photo to a new or existing memorial, please contact Ruth at 212-929-9498 x 815 or rkleinman@cbst.org.


A note about the Home of Our Own Capital Campaign:  The new Memorial Wall may be dedicated with acknowledgement inscribed on the adjacent Dedication Panel in the Kuriel Chapel and on the Donor Wall in the main stairway. Contact Director of Development Gina Schmeling at 212-929-9498 x 814 or gschmeling@cbst.org to discuss this opportunity.

 

CBST is a 501c3 Religious Organization. In accordance with IRS regulations, no tangible goods or services are provided in exchange for these memorial contributions. Consult your tax advisor.

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Events this Week

World AIDS Day Shabbat 2020​

Yoga-Meditation Shabbat Morning Services

Mishpachah Monday! Online Dinner​

Today's Israeli Poets as Change Agents

Living Successfully with HIV & AIDS​

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic​

RESISTANCE: Calls & Cards meets Democracy Action Team via Zoom

Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 12.21.20​

What Matters Workshop

Chanukah Candle Lighting 

Kabbalat Shabbat Chanukah Services

Shabbat Chanukah Liberal Minyan Service

Limmud b’Shabbat (grades K-6)

Alef-Bet Shabbat (ages 0-5)

Teen Track: Jewish Resistance (grades 8-12)​

Healing Circle 

CBST Annual Membership Meeting

Lunch & Learn: Religious Freedom & Pluralism in Israel

Beyond the Binary with Ze'evi Berman & Ariel Zitny

Pandemic "Post Secret” Sharing Event

Emet: Trans & Non-Binary Team Meeting

Oneg - Rabbi Kleinbaum & Billy Planer on Georgia

Poetry at CBST: Joy Ladin in Conversation with Ariel Zitny

Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 1.25.21

Zoneg with Congressman Jamaal Bowman

Tu Bishvat Seder

What Matters Workshop 2-14

Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 2.22.21

A New Day: Opportunities for the US/Israel Relationship under a Biden Administration

Two Dads Talking About Talking About Gender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World AIDS Day Shabbat 2020​
Friday, December 4, 6:30pm
World AIDS Day unites people the world over in commemoration, support, and struggle. Chazak: the Red Ribbon Team at CBST envisions a congregation that is comfortable with the reality of HIV/AIDS within our community and embraces all members without stigma or prejudice. Our World AIDS Day Shabbat service memorializing fellow congregants and beloved family and friends who have died of AIDS, may all their memories be for a blessing. Attendance at CBST's services is always open to all, always without charge. Thanks to your support of our clergy and programming, CBST has been able to serve this community from the start. Please consider making a gift in honor of your loved ones to help us continue our work. Click here to donate >>

The core of CBST's religious life is our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service. Service leadership is shared among congregants, Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Assistant Rabbi Yael Rapport, and our Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical interns, and Cantorial intern. Music Director and pianist, Joyce Rosenzweig directs the CBST Community Chorus on a regular basis. CBST's own prayer book, "With All Your Heart" incorporates Hebrew prayers, English readings, and both traditional and modern songs. A drash is delivered each week by one of the Rabbis, an intern, a member of the congregation, or on occasion by a special guest. Services are livestreamed on https://www.facebook.com/BeitSimchatTorah. All are always welcome to CBST services, always without charge.

Shabbat Sponsorship Opportunities
Prayerbook Dedication Opportunities

 

 

Yoga-Meditation Shabbat Morning Services
Saturday, December 5, 9:30am
Led by Rabbi Yael Rapport, this minyan uses principles and practices of yoga and meditation to translate the structure and meaning of the Shabbat morning service from word to movement, creating a maximally embodied experience of worship. The service is open to everyone and requires no previous experience in yoga, meditation, or prayer. Please wear comfortable clothes for movement. No siddur is required! Following the service, we will keep the Zoom room open for a community Kiddush Lunch.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85126294441
Meeting ID: 851 2629 4441
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Click Here for Zoom Instructions & Etiquette
Please “arrive” 10 minutes early for any Zoom call so that we can start on time. To protect the sacred nature of our services, please make sure that when you join us via Zoom, that your “display name” is your actual first and last name. As in our Sanctuary, no photography is allowed.

Frequently Asked Q​uestions:

Help! I Need Tech Support! Please text +1 646 450 3556 for immediate assistance.

How Do I Get a Siddur (Prayer Book)?
For information on acquiring complimentary siddurim for CBST members, reach out to rabbi@cbst.org

Use the following links to access digital siddurim PDFs:
Liberal Minyan: Siddur Kol Haneshamah 
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan: Siddur Lev Shalem

To purchase CBST’s own Friday Night Siddur, B’Chol Levavchah, email info@cbst.org

How Can I Chant Torah at a CBST Shabbat Morning Service?
To learn more about chanting Torah (all levels!), reach out to Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen: srosen@cbst.org

How Can I Support Livestreaming at CBST?
Given the coronavirus, our livestreaming is more vital than ever in keeping our community tight-knit and vibrant. Livestreaming costs around $2,000 per week, which was not an originally budgeted expense — so if you want to sponsor a service to help us continue to hold Shabbat services and other programming during this challenging time, it’s a great mitzvah! You can sponsor the livestream in honor or in memory of someone you love. To contribute and make it possible for CBST to continue livestreaming, click here.

 

 

 

 

Mishpachah Monday! Online Dinner​
Mondays at 5:00pm
Join a weekly Mishpachah dinner every Monday evening at 5:00pm with Judy Ribnick, LCSW, MA, Consulting Director of Aging Initiatives at CBST and cantorial soloist. Bring your dinner or a snack and get together with your mishpachah - your CBST family. Mishpachah is a CBST social and cultural group, diverse in its membership and informal in nature, attracting those over the age of 55 while welcoming all for a truly inter-generational experience. The group's goals are building friendship, fun, networking and mutual support. 
On Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/513521023
On Phone: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)
Meeting ID: 513 521 023

Zoom Instructions & Etiquette

  • All classes & programs will be locked at their start time. Please arrive 10 minutes early. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible experience for program participants & leaders.
  • MUTE your computer microphone, phone or other device until you are invited to speak.
  • To protect the sacred nature of our services, classes, & programs, please make sure that when you join us via Zoom, that your “display name” is your actual first and last name. As in our Sanctuary, no photography is allowed.

Help! I Need Tech Support! Please text +1 646 450 3556 for immediate assistance

 

 

 

 

 

Today's Israeli Poets as Change Agents - Email Jkatz@cbst.org to register 
Monday, Dec 7 and Thursday, Dec 10, 6:00-7:15 pm
Explore how contemporary feminist, Mizrachi, LGBTQ, and Palestinian poets are using their Hebrew poetry to open new conversations about self and society. Taught by long-standing CBST Member Rabbi Reuven Greenvald. Click here for a PDF of the class Source Sheet. 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Successfully with HIV & AIDS​
Tuesdays, 6-8pm (timing will change to 5-7pm beginning Jan 5)

Living Successfully with HIV/AIDS runs weekly every Tuesday evening at 6pm. Beginning January 5, the timing will change to 5-7pm. Group will be conducted online via Zoom. Please email Jkatz@cbst.org to receive the Zoom info to participate. 

Join our weekly supportive social gathering – shmooze with Rabbi James, share stories, and compare notes about what it means to be living successfully with HIV / AIDS. Sessions led by Scott A. Kramer, LCSW-R, ACSW. This group is for adults of any age who want to build community and support. Questions? Email Jesse at TalkHIV@cbst.org

This project was funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through a contract with Public Health Solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic​
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm
Have you ever wished you could do something to help asylum seekers - most of whom are not native English speakers - navigate the system? Now you can! CBST, in partnership with Seeking Asylum and Finding Empowerment (SAFE) and New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC), has launched its own weekly pro se immigration clinic for LGBTQ asylum seekers. Volunteers will assist people who are representing themselves (pro se, in legal terms) to complete asylum applications and find out what additional legal services are available to them.

If you have attended a clinic training, either at CBST or through New Sanctuary, or if you have immigration clinic experience, we invite you to join us. If you have not yet been to a clinic training, contact sanctuary@cbst.org to find out get started. If you are an attorney contact Lee Jason Goldberg to find out about upcoming immigration CLEs. We  always need non-lawyer volunteers, especially Spanish and Russian speakers who can translate. 

CBST Immigration Clinic Challenge - Immigrants and asylum seekers are heartlessly challenged by the US government. Let’s help our immigrant friends meet the challenge. Between now and Chanukah, your contribution will be matched up to $25,000 by the CBST Jonathan David Grindell Memorial Fund for Social Justice. Click here to contribute >>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESISTANCE: Calls & Cards meets Democracy Action Team via Zoom
Thursdays, 12:30-1:15pm
Join us for a revamped RESISTANCE: Calls & Cards meets Democracy Action Team meeting via Zoom! Thursdays, 12:30-1:15pm we host our weekly advocacy sessions via Zoom. Welcoming stalwarts as well as newcomers we will provide information and support to anyone interested in participating in vital political and social justice work around the key issues we face as Americans and as progressive Jews. We’ll help you make your voice heard by contacting elected officials and key figures in city, state and federal government through texting, emailing, calling and sending letters and postcards. 

Some areas we work on: Voter protection/access/registration/turnout. Immigration. Refugee protections. Protecting the Environment. Common sense gun laws. Ending mass incarceration. Education reform. Healthcare. The fight against rising antisemitism and racism and bigotry in all forms.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87441818544
Meeting ID: 874 4181 8544
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Zoom Instructions & Etiquette

  • All classes & programs will be locked at their start time. Please arrive 10 minutes early. If you arrive after the start time, and are not admitted you can catch up via our recordings archive. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible experience for program participants & leaders.
  • MUTE your computer microphone, phone or other device until you are invited to speak.
  • To protect the sacred nature of our services, please make sure that when you join us via Zoom, that your “display name” is your actual first and last name. As in our Sanctuary, no photography is allowed.

Help! I Need Tech Support! Please text +1 646 450 3556 for immediate assistance

Click here for more info on Democracy Action Team/Resistance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 12.21.20​
Monday, December 21, 6:00-7:00pm ​

The Members' Town Hall is available via Zoom for CBST members only. Any questions? Email membership@cbst.org or you may renew/join CBST online. Members will receive a separate email invitation to register; Zoom information will be sent the day-of to those who do. 

Topic: "Let's Get it Done - Seven Important Documents to Complete and Decisions to Make for Your Peace of Mind!"

Rabbi Kleinbaum will be in conversation with Judy Ribnick, CBST's consulting Director of Aging Initiatives, Kenneth Karpel, CBST Board Member and Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal about key 7 documents and decisions that better ensure that your health care wishes are known and respected, that you've planned for the care of your estate and dependents, and that you've indicated what your wishes are regarding burial, including Jewish customs. Learn about ways CBST can help you in the process. Taking action now can bring relief! Pre-planning is power! 

Watch our previous Town Hall meetings here:

  • Town Hall 1 with Judith Turkel, Esq., and Dr. Nathan Goldstein discussing legal and medical issues.
  • Town Hall 2 with Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski, and President Gregg H. Passin, discussing CBST during the pandemic.
  • Town Hall 3 on "Social Justice in the Age of Covid-19: What Are CBST Social Justice Teams Doing, and How Can You Be Involved?"
  • Town Hall 4 with New York City Speaker Corey Johnson on "The State of the City in the Time of Covid-19."
  • Town Hall 5 "Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19" with Judy Ribnick and Dr. Diane Burhenne.
  • Town Hall 6 "Updates on How CBST is Doing During This Crisis"
  • Town Hall 7 “Reopening Schools Safely and Responsibly” with Randi Weingarten
  • Town Hall 8 "Medical updates in this chapter of COVID-19." Rabbi Kleinbaum moderates a conversation with Dr. Nathan Goldstein and Dr. Jacqueline Weingarten-Arams.
  • Town Hall 9 "How CBST will observe the Yamim Noraim / High Holy Days this year"
  • Town Hall 10 "CBST Votes!" Featuring Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Director of Social Justice Programming Rabbi Marisa Elana James; and CBST Votes initiative leaders Sabrina Farber and Harold Levine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Matters WorkshopRegister Here
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Be with us for a presentation and workshop about your advance care health plans, led by CBST What Matters facilitators Judy Ribnick and Lise Brown. Limited to 20 registrants. Free of charge. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants the day before on Friday, Dec 11 by 5pm. Judy Ribnick, LCSW, MA, is Consulting Director of Aging Initiatives at CBST and a cantorial soloist. Lise Brown has been a member of CBST for the past 12 years. She has experience as a physician assistant, patient advocate, and has Pastoral Care and Counseling training from the Jewish Theological Seminary, including time spent in hospital chaplaincy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanukah Candle Lighting 

Thurs, Dec 10 at 5:45pm with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Marisa James
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83818127897
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Fri, Dec 11 at 6:30pm at Kabbalat Shabbt Services
Livestreamed on CBST's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BeitSimchatTorah/

Sat, Dec 12 at 7pm at Havdalah
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/654880356
Meeting ID: 654 880 356
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Sun, Dec 13 at 6:00pm with Families with Children, Rabbi Yael Rapport and Songleader, Rachel Chang
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84873133182
Meeting ID: 848 7313 3182

Mon, Dec 14 at 5:45pm with Judy Ribnick, followed by Healing Circle
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83818127897
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Tues, Dec 15 at 8pm at the Seth Rudetsky Broadway at CBST Concert
Register here

Weds, Dec 16 at 6pm with Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen and Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig & the CBST Community Chorus
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83818127897
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Thurs, Dec 17 at 6pm at the CBST Members Annual Meetting
Members will receive info 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kabbalat Shabbat Chanukah Services
Friday, December 11, 6:30pm, via CBST’s Facebook Page

Ba'aleh Tefillah: Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Drashah: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Join CBST to welcome Shabbat Chanukah!  Our brightest service of the year falls at the coldest part of winter, and we hope you'll join Rabbi Kleinbaum, Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig, and Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen as we let our lights shine.  Light Chanukah candles, give thanks for the light in our lives, sing along CBST-style with our famous Chanukah medley (and everyone's favorite rabbinic solo), and see the premier of a brand-new virtual choir video by our fabulous CBST Community Chorus! Shabbat Chanukah is a community experience you won't want to miss ---  Chag Urim Sameach!

Sing the Chanukah blessings and some of our favorite songs with this special Chanukah guide for every night, including Shabbat Chanukah! https://bit.ly/ChanukahSongs2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shabbat Chanukah Liberal Minyan Service
Saturday, December 12, 9:30am, via Zoom

At our Reconstructionist-style Liberal Minyan, our Shabbat Chanukah morning service will include singing selections from Hallel, and reciting special Chanukah Torah readings and Haftarot.

At our Liberal Shabbat morning services, we draw on our inherited traditions in a consciously modern context. The style of the service reflects the contemporary evolution of Sabbath worship over the last century in this country, with a malleable liturgical selection. Using the Reconstructionist prayer book, Kol Haneshamah, we pray old and new liturgy in both Hebrew and English. Torah is read in a triennial cycle, and there is always a discussion of the week's parasha (Torah portion.) Healing prayers are offered at every Torah service, and there is always an opportunity to say Mourner's Kaddish at the end. The service ends at 12:30 pm and is followed by a kiddush lunch.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83427573363
Meeting ID: 834 2757 3363
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Need help logging-in? Text +1 646 450 3556 

Click Here for Zoom Instructions & Etiquette

  • Please “arrive” 10 minutes early for any Zoom call so that we can start on time. 
  • To protect the sacred nature of our services, please make sure that when you join us via Zoom, that your “display name” is your actual first and last name. As in our Sanctuary, no photography is allowed.

Frequently Asked Q​uestions:

Help! I Need Tech Support! Please text +1 646 450 3556 for immediate assistance.

How Do I Get a Siddur (Prayer Book)?
For information on acquiring complimentary siddurim for CBST members, reach out to rabbi@cbst.org

Use the following links to access digital siddurim PDFs:
Liberal Minyan: Siddur Kol Haneshamah 
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan: Siddur Lev Shalem

To purchase CBST’s own Friday Night Siddur, B’Chol Levavchah, visit our online Gift Shop.

How Can I Chant Torah at a CBST Shabbat Morning Service?
To learn more about chanting Torah (all levels!), reach out to Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen: srosen@cbst.org

How Can I Support Livestreaming at CBST?
Given the coronavirus, our livestreaming is more vital than ever in keeping our community tight-knit and vibrant. Livestreaming costs around $2,000 per week, which was not an originally budgeted expense — so if you want to sponsor a service to help us continue to hold Shabbat services and other programming during this challenging time, it’s a great mitzvah! You can sponsor the livestream in honor or in memory of someone you love. To contribute and make it possible for CBST to continue livestreaming, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limmud b’Shabbat (grades K-6)
Saturdays, Dec 12 & 19, 10am to 11:30am
Grade school children connect with their developing Jewish identity in this fun and interactive program. Twice monthly sessions include t’fillah (prayer), Hebrew instruction, exploration of Jewish texts and core values, brought to life through art, drama, music, Jewish culture, and LGBTQS values. B’nai mitzvah students have additional individualized tutoring sessions and family cohort get-togethers. Limmud reflects our community, offering our children and young adults the opportunity to understand the diversity of the Jewish world ‎and find their home in it. The program is overseen by Rabbi Yael Rapport and Principal Jennifer Kleinbaum and taught by an exceptional faculty and a professional songleader.
For questions or to register, email children@cbst.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alef-Bet Shabbat (ages 0-5)
Saturdays, Dec 12 & 19, 11:45am to 12:30pm
Drop-ins Encouraged / Free of Charge
For Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-schoolers
This interactive service features music with our fabulous song leader, Stephen, from our partner Tkiya: The Jewish Music Community Initiative. On Zoom, children can wave, watch, and share with Stephen and each other. Dance, cuddle, listen to stories, and observe Shabbat in a an engaging and meaningful way. CBST requires a sign-up for the safety of all of our families with children. No names or emails are ever shared with other organizations or the public. To build our community of little ones, we encourage families to have their videos turned on whenever possible, and to sing, dance and share.
For questions or to register, email children@cbst.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Track: Jewish Resistance (grades 8-12)​
Saturdays, Dec 12 & 19, 1pm to 2pm
For 8th through 12th Graders
Twice monthly Shabbat afternoon sessions to analyze, emulate, and innovate on historical stories of Jewish resistance through time, up until America today. In partnership with the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. and Repair the World NYC, CBST teens will spend the year making "good trouble" and meeting great trouble-makers while studying, advocating, and taking action together. Taught by CRRI Dave Yedid and CBST Rabbis.
For questions or to register, email children@cbst.org.

*NEW* Teen Track with the RAC: Social Justice Academy

additional sessions (not hosted by CBST)

  • Unit 1Civic Engagement
    • Sundays, 10/11 & 10/18 at 1:00 pm
    • Students will explore the import role of young and emerging voters in democracy and the call Judaism makes to us to act in this moment.
  • Unit 2: REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion)
    • Sundays, 11/8 & 11/15 at 1:00 pm
    • Students will learn basic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices, examine how our identities inform how we function in society, understand the importance of disrupting dominant culture, and learn how to make important changes on an interpersonal and communal level.
  • Unit 3: Action & Advocacy
    • Sundays, 2/21, 2/28, & 3/7 at 1:00pm
    • Students will explore being a Jewish voice for justice, discover how their moral voice can influence policymakers, identify an issue around which they can advocate to make systemic change, and learn how to take action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healing Circle & Chanukah Candle Lighting
Monday, Dec. 14, Candle Lighting at 5:45pm and Healing Circle from 6:00 – 6:45 pm
Increase light and warmth in a cold season with our Kislev Healing Circle, led by Judy Ribnick, LCSW, MA, Consulting Director of Aging Initiatives at CBST and cantorial soloist. Together we will light the chanukiyah, chant, breathe, pray, and learn from Jewish texts. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83818127897
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBST Annual Membership Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 6pm
CBST will hold its Annual Membership Meeting, via Zoom, to elect a new member to the Board of Directors, approve the 2021 Budget, and to conduct any other official business as needed. The agenda includes:  the President's Report, the Sr. Rabbi's Report, and the Treasurer’s Report. Members must be in good standing in order to vote. If you’re unclear as to whether your membership is current, or needs to be renewed in time for the meeting, please contact membership@cbst.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch & Learn: Religious Freedom & Pluralism in Israel
Wednesday, Dec 23, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The CBST, the Middle East, & Me team and the New Israel Fund invite you to join Join Rabbi Ayelet Cohen and Brit Yakobi for a discussion about Israel's struggle for religious freedom and pluralism, and learn how activists and organizations across the religious spectrum are fighting for social change. Rabbi Ayelet Cohen served at CBST as Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern from 2000-2002, and as Associate/Assistant Rabbi from 2002-2010, and is today the Senior Director of NIF’s NY / Tri-State Region. Brit Yakobi is the New Israel Fund's Director of Religious Freedom.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81080249557
Meeting ID: 810 8024 9557
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Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen
is the Senior Director of NIF’s NY / Tri-State Region. Prior to joining NIF, she was Director of The Center for Jewish Living and The David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at JCC Manhattan. Rabbi Cohen served for a decade at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s LGBTQ synagogue serving Jews of all sexual orientations and sexual identities. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, she is the author of Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the First Forty Years, and co-editor of Siddur B’chol L’vavcha. She serves on the board of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights.


 


Brit Yakobi
is the Director of Religious Freedom and Gender at Shatil, the New Israel Fund’s action-arm in Israel. In her role, Brit leads the Forum Against the Exclusion of Women, a directors’ forum of 13 civil society groups fighting the exclusion of women from public spaces in Israel; works with the haredi public; develops civil society organizational strategies and projects; and builds capacities of social change organizations. Brit holds a BA in Talmud from Tel Aviv University, and teaches in several educational frameworks. Prior to joining Shatil in 2018, Brit was the director of the Masorti movement’s Jewish Pluralism Watch, an NIF grantee. Brit is a social entrepreneur in the field of Jewish culture. She founded and directs Free Space, which brings culture and art to abandoned synagogues in Tel Aviv. Brit also curates exhibitions and events that connect the Israeli public to radical Jewish culture.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond the Binary with Ze'evi Berman & Ariel Zitny - Register Now
3 Sessions - Mondays, Dec 28, Jan 4 & 11, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (ET)
Did you know the idea that there is more than just male and female has existed in Judaism from at least the time of the Mishnah (200 CE)? Come learn about the six genders in Judaism, and what our tradition can teach us about gender diversity and inclusion of people who don't fit into the gender binary. Ze'evi Berman (they/them or ze/zem/zer), CBST’s Guest Cantorial Student, and Ariel Zitny (he/they) Convening Director of the 2021 Trans Jews are Here Convening, lead this 3-session Lehrhaus course. Registration includes all 3 dates. Registrants will receive the Zoom info to attend by 12pm the day-of. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pandemic "Post Secret” Sharing Event
Friday, January 22, from 6:00 - 6:30 pm before services
In the tradition of our community practice of anonymously sharing chata’im (ways that we’ve fallen short) in preparation for Selichot before the High Holy Days, we propose to do something simple and vulnerable:

Let's share our true experiences of pandemic life. 

We invite 1-2 sentence anonymous submissions of your lived experience during this pandemic. We will share selected submissions publicly — so that we can witness and try to understand the lives of our fellow community members more deeply.

Everything is optional. 
Everything is anonymous.

*Form: https://forms.gle/RwXBY5GCdoy9GzjB8 

Submissions in by January 15 will be selected from for a sharing event on Friday, January 22 before Shabbat services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emet: Trans & Non-Binary Team Meeting
Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm (ET)
CBST maintains space (currently online!) for transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender-expansive people to build community and engage politically at CBST. Emet welcomes people who are questioning. Save-the-date for our next meeting! Sign up for Emet Team updates here or contact transjews@cbst.org for more info. Emet will meet on the first Thursday of each month to learn together with Ze'evi Berman (they/them or ze/zem/zer), CBST’s Guest Cantorial Student, and Ariel Zitny (he/they) Convening Director. Zoom info will be sent to Emet team members and mailing list signups the day-of before 5pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oneg - Rabbi Kleinbaum & Billy Planer on Georgia
Friday, January 8, after services, ~ 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm
After services, Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum will be in conversation with Bill Planer about Georgia in light of the recent U.S. Senate elections.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85688041567
Meeting ID: 856 8804 1567
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Billy Planer is the Founder and Director of Etgar 36 (www.etgar.org). has worked in Jewish experiential education for over 35 years. Challenged by a friend, Billy interviewed people while on a road trip around America. Half way through, he realized he should be bringing teens to these historical spots and meet with people who are involved in changing the world. Etgar 36 is a summer journey that takes Jewish teens on a bus across America to learn history, politics and activism and find their voice and power by meeting with all sides of political issues, understand the unique culture of each city, become empowered to get involved to create change and develop their American and Jewish identities. During the academic year, Etgar 36 takes groups on Civil Rights journeys in the South. Over 23,000 people have been on an Etgar 36 journey. Billy received his Bachelors degree from Syracuse University and a Masters in Education and Counseling from Georgia State University. Photo by Harold Levine

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Poetry at CBST: Joy Ladin in Conversation with Ariel Zitny - Register Here
Monday, February 1, 7pm to 8pm (ET), via Zoom
Dr. Joy Ladin will be in conversation with Trans Jews are Here Convening Director Ariel Zitny on poetry and more! 
Register for free here. Registrants will receive the zoom info to participate by 12pm the day-of.

Joy Ladin, Ph.D. is a teacher, widely published essayist and poet, literary scholar, and nationally known speaker on transgender issues. In fall 2019, Keshet recognized her work with a Hachamat Lev award. In April 2020, she began a weekly conversation show, “Containing Multitudes,” discussing identity, religion, and literature with a wide-range of guests (recordings available at the link above). For recent and selected videos of talks and readings, including her TEDx talk, “Ain’t I a Woman?“, and her “On Being” interview with Krista Tippett, click here.

 

 

 

Ariel Zitny (he/they) is a queer/trans rabbinical and education student at the Reform seminary, Hebrew Union College. Ariel has received a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University. He’s passionate about poetry, feminism, and cats. When he’s not working, studying, or thinking of ways to make Judaism more trans-inclusive, he enjoys watching Netflix and baking with his fiancé Ze'evi and their two cats.

 


 

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Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 1.25.21
Monday, January 25, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

CBST Congregation-Wide Town Hall Zoom Gathering for CBST Members

The Members' Town Hall is available via Zoom for CBST members only. Any questions? Email membership@cbst.org or you may renew/join CBST online. Members will receive a separate email invitation to register; Zoom information will be sent the day-of to those who do. 

Topic: Post January 20, what's next for New York, the country, and our world. How do we bring our Jewish LGBTQ values to this moment? Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum moderates a panel with CBST members New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and human rights scholar and activist Tanya Domi.

Tanya Domi is an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a faculty affiliate of the Harriman Institute where she teaches human rights and international affairs in the Western Balkans. The focus of her research is on genocides and atrocity crimes, transitional justice and human rights. Prior to joining the Harriman faculty in 2008, Domi worked for the late Congressman Frank McCloskey, a champion for US intervention to stop the Bosnian war. Domi served as his defense policy analyst during the first two years Bosnian war. Tanya Domi served in the OSCE-BiH Mission,1996-2000 in major roles as an advisor to Ambassador Robert Frowick and counselor under Ambassador Robert Barry and later as Spokesperson. She is currently the president of the Advisory Board of the Post Conflict Research Center based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Domi is a widely published author and commentator on US foreign policy, human rights and international relations. 

State Senator Brad Hoylman represents New York's 27th State Senate District, which covers much of the heart of Manhattan, including the neighborhoods of Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side, Midtown/East Midtown, Columbus Circle, Times Square, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, the East Village and Lower East Side. Brad was first elected to the State Senate in November 2012. Prior to his election, he had a long career in nonprofit law. Brad is the chair of the Policy Committee for the Senate Democratic Conference and the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Senator Hoylman is a strong advocate for government reform, tenants’ rights, neighborhood preservation, public education, the environment and mass transit. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, West Virginia University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. Brad lives in Greenwich Village with his husband David Sigal, a filmmaker, and their two young daughters.

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.

 

Watch our previous Town Hall meetings here:

  • Town Hall 1 with Judith Turkel, Esq., and Dr. Nathan Goldstein discussing legal and medical issues.
  • Town Hall 2 with Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski, and President Gregg H. Passin, discussing CBST during the pandemic.
  • Town Hall 3 on "Social Justice in the Age of Covid-19: What Are CBST Social Justice Teams Doing, and How Can You Be Involved?"
  • Town Hall 4 with New York City Speaker Corey Johnson on "The State of the City in the Time of Covid-19."
  • Town Hall 5 "Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19" with Judy Ribnick and Dr. Diane Burhenne.
  • Town Hall 6 "Updates on How CBST is Doing During This Crisis"
  • Town Hall 7 “Reopening Schools Safely and Responsibly” with Randi Weingarten
  • Town Hall 8 "Medical updates in this chapter of COVID-19." Rabbi Kleinbaum moderates a conversation with Dr. Nathan Goldstein and Dr. Jacqueline Weingarten-Arams.
  • Town Hall 9 "How CBST will observe the Yamim Noraim / High Holy Days this year"
  • Town Hall 10 "CBST Votes!" Featuring Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Director of Social Justice Programming Rabbi Marisa Elana James; and CBST Votes initiative leaders Sabrina Farber and Harold Levine.
  • Town Halll 11 "Medical updates in this chapter of COVID-19." Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum in conversation with Dr. Nathan Goldstein.
  • Town Hall 12 "Let's Get it Done - Seven Important Documents to Complete and Decisions to Make for Your Peace of Mind!" Associate Rabbi Yael Rapport in conversation with Judy Ribnick, CBST's consulting Director of Aging Initiatives, Kenneth Karpel, CBST Board Member and Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoneg with Congressman Jamaal Bowman
Friday, January 15, after services ~ 8:30pm

Be with us for a very special MLK Shabbat as Rep. Jamaal Bowman (NY-16) speaks at services and joins us for a zoneg afterward with AFT President Randi Weingarten and Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81672249645
Meeting ID: 816 7224 9645
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Jamaal Bowman is an American politician and educator serving as the U.S. representative for New York's 16th congressional district since 2021. The district covers much of the north Bronx, as well as the southern half of Westchester County including Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Bowman's hometown of Yonkers. Bowman is the founder and former principal of the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, a public middle school in Eastchester, Bronx. He is a member of the Lower Hudson Valley chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. He defeated 16-term incumbent Eliot Engel in the 2020 Democratic primary.
 

Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.

 

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Tu Bishvat Seder
Wednesday, January 27, 6:00-7:15pm
Join us in celebrating Tu Bishvat—the Jewish new year for the trees! While it may still be winter in New York, growth and change is still happening within the trees and beneath our feet. In a time when climate change is wreaking havoc through wildfires, our tradition gives us an opportunity to come together and bring our awareness to these beautiful creations we depend on in myriad ways.

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Meeting ID: 884 0725 2036
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Guided by CRRI Dave Yedid and Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen, we will learn the origins of the holiday and how the Tu Bishvat Seder came to be. Through song, kavanot (intentions), and blessings we will bring holiness to our ceremonial foods and drink.  

To participate in the Seder, we invite you to bring:

  • White and Red grape juice or wine—enough for four cups!
  • Food(s) with an inedible outer covering and edible inside: pistachios, peanuts, pomegranate, bananas or citrus. 
  • Food(s) with an edible outside but inedible pit inside: dates, olives, apples, nectarines.
  • Food(s) that are entirely edible: berries, figs, or grapes.
  • Fragrant spices, for smelling.

Participation is still possible and encouraged without these items.

Interested in getting more involved? E-Mail GreenTeam@cbst.org, attend this week's The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, or plant a tree through your favorite environmental advocacy organization. 

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What Matters Workshop
Sunday, Feb. 14, 4:00 pm - 6: 00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED - any registrations received after 4pm, Friday, Feb 12 will be added to the wait list for our next workshop. Thank you! Any questions, reach out to WhatMatters@cbst.org
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Be with us for a presentation and workshop about your advance care health plans, led by CBST What Matters facilitators Kenneth Karpel and Donna Gray. Limited to 20 registrants. Free of charge. Registration closes at 4:00 pm on Friday, 2/12. Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on Friday, 2/12 by 5pm.

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Town Hall for CBST Members via Zoom 2.22.21
Monday, February 22, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

CBST Congregation-Wide Town Hall Zoom Gathering for CBST Members

The Members' Town Hall is available via Zoom for CBST members only. Any questions? Email membership@cbst.org or you may renew/join CBST online. Members will receive a separate email invitation to register on Friday, February 19; Zoom information will be sent the day-of to those who RSVP.

Topic: The COVID-19 Vaccine

Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum moderates a panel with CBST Board of Directors Executive Officer Dr. Regina Linder and former CBST President Dr. Nathan Goldstein. Resource to read: Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

Dr. Regina Linder - I was born in the Bronx, in a family of recent refugees from Germany. I attended NYC public schools, CCNY (BS, Biology), Univ Mass (MS, Microbiology) and NYU (PhD, Basic Medical Sciences/Microbiology). I am currently Professor Emerita in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Dept of Hunter College (CUNY). I came to CBST in 1974, and served on the Board from 1994-99 and 2017-present, where I enjoy preparing foundation funding proposals. My wife, Leah Trachten and I are grateful for our CBST community.

Dr. Nathan Goldstein is a Professor in the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is a clinician investigator whose work examines patient-physician communication in patients with advanced heart failure–work that is funded by an R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. He is also the Site Chair for the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Watch our previous Town Hall meetings here:

  • Town Hall 1 with Judith Turkel, Esq., and Dr. Nathan Goldstein discussing legal and medical issues.
  • Town Hall 2 with Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski, and President Gregg H. Passin, discussing CBST during the pandemic.
  • Town Hall 3 on "Social Justice in the Age of Covid-19: What Are CBST Social Justice Teams Doing, and How Can You Be Involved?"
  • Town Hall 4 with New York City Speaker Corey Johnson on "The State of the City in the Time of Covid-19."
  • Town Hall 5 "Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19" with Judy Ribnick and Dr. Diane Burhenne.
  • Town Hall 6 "Updates on How CBST is Doing During This Crisis"
  • Town Hall 7 “Reopening Schools Safely and Responsibly” with Randi Weingarten
  • Town Hall 8 "Medical updates in this chapter of COVID-19." Rabbi Kleinbaum moderates a conversation with Dr. Nathan Goldstein and Dr. Jacqueline Weingarten-Arams.
  • Town Hall 9 "How CBST will observe the Yamim Noraim / High Holy Days this year"
  • Town Hall 10 "CBST Votes!" Featuring Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum; American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten; Director of Social Justice Programming Rabbi Marisa Elana James; and CBST Votes initiative leaders Sabrina Farber and Harold Levine.
  • Town Halll 11 "Medical updates in this chapter of COVID-19." Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum in conversation with Dr. Nathan Goldstein.
  • Town Hall 12 "Let's Get it Done - Seven Important Documents to Complete and Decisions to Make for Your Peace of Mind!" Associate Rabbi Yael Rapport in conversation with Judy Ribnick, CBST's consulting Director of Aging Initiatives, Kenneth Karpel, CBST Board Member and Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Day: Opportunities for the US/Israel Relationship under a Biden Administration
Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM
May be an image of 15 people and people smilingThis Sunday, our partners at J Street host "A New Day: Opportunities for the US/Israel Relationship under a Biden Administration," a preview program of the upcoming J Street Conference, featuring speakers from J Street's Government Affairs and Israel teams and our Director of Social Justice Programming Rabbi Marisa James. In 2019, CBST brought the largest congregational group ever to the conference in D.C., and we’re excited to participate again in this year’s conference, on April 18-19. More information and registration for Sunday’s program is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Dads Talking About Talking About Gender - Register Now
Monday, March 8, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Join S. Bear Bergman and Rabbi Mike Moskowitz as they engage in an honest discussion on gender, from the perspective of parenthood. Zoom info will be sent to registrants the day of the program by 5pm. Register here.

S. Bear Bergman is an author, storyteller, educator and the founder and publisher of children’s book publisher Flamingo Rampant, which makes feminist, culturally-diverse children’s picture books celebrating LGBT2Q+ kids and families. He writes creative non-fiction for grown ups, fiction for children, resolutely factual features for various outlets, the advice column Asking Bear, and was the co-editor (along with Kate Bornstein) of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation. These days he spends most of his time making trans cultural competency interventions any way he can and trying to avoid stepping on Lego. His forthcoming book is SPECIAL TOPICS IN BEING A HUMAN, from Arsenal Pulp in the fall of 2021.

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Alef Beginners M&W - ZOOM INFO

This course runs for 8 weeks via Zoom beginning the first week of November (see below class title for specific dates)
Class recordings will be posted at the bottom of the page. Questions? Contact Jesse

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CLASS ZOOM INFO


Alef Beginners - Mondays & Wednesdays, 2 - 3:00 pm
Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30; Dec. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16; Jan 4, 6, 11
Those who never studied Hebrew or need a "refresher" will learn to read Hebrew and basic prayerbook vocabulary using the book “Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1” (order here). Taught by Miya Rotstein, CBST Educator.
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CLASS RECORDINGS


Check back here for class recordings. Please be advised, recordings may not be immediately available. In some cases, please allow up to 12 hrs for class recordings to be posted. Thank you!

Alef Beginners - 11/2, 11/4, 11/9 (Recording error on this date, our apologies), 11/11, 11/16, 11/18, 11/23, 11/25, 11/30, 12/2, 12/7, 12/9, 12/14, 12/16, 1/4, 1/6, 1/11

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Lehrhaus Judaica 5781 Fall-Winter Hebrew Courses ZOOM INFO

These courses run for 8 weeks via Zoom beginning the first week of November (see below each class title for specific dates)
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CLASS ZOOM INFO
 

Alef Beginners - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 - 7:15 pm
Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24; Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 22; Jan 5, 7, 12
Those who never studied Hebrew or need a "refresher" will learn to read Hebrew and basic prayerbook vocabulary using the book “Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1” (order here). Please have a notebook and pen with you for this class. Taught by Ron Weiss, CBST Educator. Worksheets: Hebrew Vowels, Sh'va Rules, and Hebrew Nouns.
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Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82173942226
Meeting ID: 821 7394 2226
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Alef (Part II) - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 - 9:50 am
Nov. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24; Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, (no class on 22); Jan 5, 7, 12
Our summer Alef course continues, using "Aleph Isn't Tough: Book 1" (order here) to finish learning the Hebrew letters, begin learning root words and patterns and some Hebrew grammar fundamentals. Taught by Miya Rotstein, CBST Educator. If you were not in the summer Alef class, take this Alef II Self-Assessment to see if you should enroll or consider the Alef Beginners class.
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Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83231125310
Meeting ID: 832 3112 5310
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Bet (Part II) - Mondays & Wednesdays, 9 - 9:50 am
Nov. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30; Dec. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16; Jan 4, 6, 11
Our summer Bet course continues with students who are Hebrew-reading ready and recognize basic prayerbook root words. We will use the textbook "Aleph Isn't Enough: Book 2" (order here) and will take a close look at both the familiar and lesser known prayers in our CBST Siddur. Taught by Miya Rotstein, CBST Educator.  If you were not in the summer Bet class, take this Bet II Self-Assessment to see if you should enroll or consider the Alef Part II class. 
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Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87262109628
Meeting ID: 872 6210 9628
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Lashon Kodesh: The Language of Prayer - Wednesdays, 6 – 7:00 pm
Nov. 4, 11, 18; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; Jan. 6, NEW CLASS on Jan 13
With a focus on the application of Hebrew language skills, we will study the evolution of the language of prayer using the CBST siddur, B’chol L’vav’cha (order here).  Taught by CBST Associate Rabbi Yael Rapport in English with text in Hebrew and translation. Students should take Bet II Self-Assessment and be able to read Hebrew accurately and confidently with vowels.
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Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81032551139
Meeting ID: 810 3255 1139
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

CLASS RECORDINGS 
 

Check back here for class recordings. Please be advised, recordings may not be immediately available. In some cases, please allow up to 12 hrs for class recordings to be posted. Thank you!

Alef Beginners - 11/3, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19, 11/24, 12/1, 12/3, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/7, 1/12

Alef (Part II) - 11/3, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19, 11/24, 12/1, 12/3, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/17, 1/5, 1/7 [video error], 1/12 

Bet (Part II) - 11/2, 11/4, 11/9, 11/11, 11/16, 11/18, 11/23, 11/25, 11/30, 12/2, 12/7, 12/9, 12/14, 12/16, 1/4, 1/6, 1/11

Lashon Kodesh - 11/411/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13

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