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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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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

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Your feedback is essential to us providing the best possible experience!

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 below. 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 & 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

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.
Download an iCalendar (.ics) reminder to add to your calendar!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84456741990
Meeting ID: 844 5674 1990
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. Each recording will only be posted for a 2 week duration. 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

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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)
Click here for class recordings. Questions? Contact Jesse

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey. Your feedback is essential to us providing the best possible experience!

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 & 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

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.
Download an iCalendar (.ics) reminder to add to your calendar!
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, 22; Jan 5, 7
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.
Download an iCalendar (.ics) reminder to add to your calendar!
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. 
Download an iCalendar (.ics) reminder to add to your calendar!
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; Jan. 6, 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.
Download an iCalendar (.ics) reminder to add to your calendar!
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. Each recording will only be posted for a 2 week duration. Thank you!

Alef Beginners - 11/3, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19, 11/24

Alef (Part II) - 11/3, 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19

Bet (Part II) - 11/2, 11/4, 11/9, 11/11, 11/16, 11/18, 11/23

Lashon Kodesh - 11/411/11, 11/18

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CBST Votes!

The CBST Social Justice team wants to make sure your vote counts this year! 

As most of the CBST community lives in NY, NJ or FL, we have detailed information for those states, with general information for the rest of the county (below).  Not all information is available yet; all Information is subject to change.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at vote@CBST.org or call the CBST Votes Hotline, (646) 504-6102 (9 am to 9 pm daily). If you encounter any difficulty in registering or voting, we want to hear about it!

To get involved in CBST's broader voter registration and get-out-the vote programs, email Sabrina Farber.

News and Updates

Please note: Voter registration is now closed

Many polling places have made provisions to allow senior citizens, or those with mobility issues, to vote without waiting in line. If you are a senior, or have mobility issues, it pays to go to the front of the line when you reach your polling place and check with the election personnel.

PHOTO CALL—We want your photos!

We'd love to share your photos with the CBST community! We'd love to see photos of:
—You and your "I Voted" sticker
—You dropping your ballot in the mailbox
—You outside your polling location
—As in the photos in the pink frame above, you holding a message of what you've done to encourage voting

E-mail voting photos to us at vote@cbst.org.

Town Hall

If you missed our Town Hall on voting, you can find the PowerPoint presentations here and here, find voting deadlines here, and a guide for how to fill out a NY ballot here. You can view the recordings here.

"My Voting Plan"

"My Voting Plan," a two-page worksheet, is now available for download. The more detailed your voting plan, the more likely you are to have a successful voting experience. Click here for your own copy, fill it out and keep it in a convenient location. Snap a pic holding your voting plan, share to social media with the hashtag #CBSTvotes and let us know at vote@cbst.org so we can share it!

NYC Board of Elections Message on Absentee Ballot Error 

If you received an absentee ballot with a wrong oath envelope due to an outside vendor error:

Election Season 2020

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. The ballot will include the President, one-third of Senate seats (none in NY or FL, one in NJ), and all seats in the House of Representatives. Go to Ballotpedia to see your local ballot and learn more about the candidates and their positions. (All information may not yet be available).

What you need to do right now

Check your registration and register to vote if necessary. The deadlines are coming up soon. We have detailed information and links for New York, New Jersey, Florida and other states.

If possible, vote early, in person*

For NY and FL, the CBST Social Justice Team recommends that voters request an absentee ballot now to use only if necessary, but plan to vote in person early.  

For NJ, which does not have early voting, we suggest you return the mail ballot all registered voters will be sent as early as possible.

*CBST strongly urges everyone to observe all possible COVID-19 precautions when traveling to a polling place or voting. Wear a mask and remain socially distanced. If you are a member of a high-risk group, do not hesitate to use a mail ballot returned without visiting a highly-trafficked location.

Mail Ballots

This year, the terms "absentee ballot" and "mail ballot" are virtually interchangeable. We will be using the term "mail ballot" to refer to any ballot other than one cast on a voting machine, whether the ballot is returned through the mail or delivered in person to a ballot drop box.

It is important that a mail ballot be filled out and the envelope be sealed exactly as instructed, or you run the risk of having your ballot invalidated. Once the mail ballots forms and their envelopes for NY, NJ and FL have been finalized, we will have a video on filling out the ballot and sealing the envelope correctly.

New York, New Jersey, Florida and many other states will have online portals to check if your ballot has been received and will be notifying voters if their mail ballots have been challenged or disqualified. See information for the individual states below. 

SPECIFIC VOTING INFORMATION FOR NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, FLORIDA AND OTHER STATES

Online Resources

What Else Can You Do?

Register New Voters.  Join Field Team 6  by partnering with local organizations to text and phone bank to register voters and return purged voters to the rolls.  Help register new voters by phonebanking with Indivisible. Help register young voters with Rock the Vote.

Get Out the Vote.  Write letters to inconsistent voters nationwide telling them why YOU vote and urging them to join you. You will need access to paper, a printer, envelopes and stamps. Click here for more info or contact Sabrina Farber.

Phone Bank to Voters of Color in States Historically Subject to Voter Suppression. Reclaim Our Vote has data showing that 60-80% of those contacted, in person or by voicemails, actually vote. The calls are non-partisan, and you can set your own hours, between 9 am and 9 pm in the target states. Click here to sign up for a one-hour mandatory training, every Monday at 7:30 pm ET.

SPECIFIC VOTING INFORMATION BY STATE

NEW YORK

On the Ballot in NY

In addition to the national races, all of the seats in the New York State Senate and Assembly are on the ballot. This is not an election year for New York City offices, which will be contested in 2021 (Mayor, City Council, etc.) You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in NY

Confirm your registration here.  If you're not registered, you can register online here. The deadline for voter registration is October 9th.

Mail Ballots in NY

You can request a mail ballot here. NYC voters can confirm their ballot request was received here. Mail ballots will be mailed in late September. Being sent a mail ballot does not preclude voting in person, as long as you have not yet submitted your mail ballot.

You can return your ballot via mail, at a ballot drop box inside an early polling location or election day polling place, at your Board of Elections office or at ballot drop boxes outside of polling places. Ballot drop box locations are determined by county. We will post links with information on ballot drop box locations as soon as it becomes available. Ballot tracking will be available here.  Further details on voting by mail are available on the NY Board of Elections website.

Even if you request or cast and return an absentee ballot, you may still go to the polls and vote in person. The Election Law recognizes that plans change. The Board of Elections is required to check the poll book before canvassing any absentee ballot. If the voter comes to the poll site, on Election Day or during early voting and votes in person, the absentee ballot is set aside and not counted.

Early Voting in NY

You can vote early in New York from October 24th to November 1st. Information on NYC early voting polling places will be available here. Information outside of New York is available on a county-by-county basis. Here are the links for Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties. For other locations click here.

NYC early voters need to go to their own assigned early polling place. Outside NYC early voters can go to any early voting polling place in their county. Your early voting polling place will almost certainly be different than your Election Day polling place and is likely to be further from you.

Election Day Voting in NY

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Locate your Election Day polling place here.

Our Recommendations for New York Voters

Request a mail ballot now and determine your early voting polling place as soon as that information is posted.  We recommend you vote early, in person, if at all possible. As a back-up plan, you can bring a completed mail ballot with you. If you get to the early polling place and determine you do not wish to wait in line to vote on the voting machine, you can drop your mail ballot in the drop box. If you know you will not be able to to vote in person, return your ballot by mail as soon as possible. Please do not wait until Election Day to vote in person. We foresee very long lines on November 3rd!

NEW JERSEY

On the Ballot in NJ

In addition to the Presidential race, all seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate seat currently held by Cory Booker will be on the ballot. You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in NJ

Confirm your registration hereIf you're not registered, you can register online here. The deadline for registration is October 13th.

Mail Ballots in NJ

All registered NJ voters will be sent mail ballots in late September. Being sent a mail ballot does not preclude voting in person on Election Day,

You can return your ballot via mail, at a ballot drop box inside your election day polling place, at your Board of Elections office or at ballot drop boxes. Drop box locations, determined by county, can be found here. Further information is available here.

You can set up an account with the NJ Board of Elections in order to track your ballot.  You can do so here.

Early Voting in NJ

There is no early voting in New Jersey this year.

Election Day Voting in NJ

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Locate your Election Day polling place here.

Our Recommendations for NJ Voters

All registered New Jersey voters will be sent a mail ballot. Check your registration now to make sure you'll be receiving one. Complete and return your mail ballot as soon as possible.

FLORIDA

On the Ballot in FL

In addition to the national races, all seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in FL

Confirm your registration hereIf you're not registered, you can register online here. The deadline for registration is October 5th.

Mail Ballots in FL

You can request a mail ballot here. The deadline to request a mail ballot is October 24th. Mail ballots will be mailed in late September. Being sent a mail ballot does not preclude voting in person, but you must return your mail ballot at the time you vote in person.

You can return your ballot via mail, at a ballot drop box inside an early voting location or election day polling place, at your Board of Elections office or at ballot drop boxes outside of polling places. Drop box locations can be found by county here. Further details on voting by mail are available here.  

You can sign up for an account with the FL Department of State to track your ballot here.  

Early Voting in FL

You can vote early in Florida from October 24th to October 31st. You will be able to find your early voting location here, after October 4th.  Your early voting polling place will almost certainly be different than your Election Day polling place and is likely to be further from you.

Election Day Voting in FL

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Locate your Election Day polling place here.

Our Recommendations for Florida Voters

Request a mail ballot now, and determine your early voting polling place when that information is posted on October 4th.  We recommend you vote early, in person, if at all possible. As a back-up plan, you can bring a completed mail ballot with you. If you get to the early polling place and determine you do not wish to wait in line to vote, you can drop your mail ballot in the drop box. If you know you will not be able to vote in person, return your ballot by mail as soon as possible. Please do not wait until Election Day to vote in person. We foresee very long lines on November 3rd.

OTHER STATES

On the Ballot in Other States

In addition to the national races, there are various state and local races.  You will be able to see your ballot here.

Registration in Other States

Confirm your registration or register online through I Will Vote.

Voting in Other States.

Voting varies widely from state to state. Some states have early voting, some vote wholly by mail. Go to  I Will Vote to find information and links, or search for "Voting in (State)."

Our Recommendations for Voters in Other States

Request a mail ballot now, and determine your early voting polling place when that information is posted.  We recommend you vote early, in person, if at all possible. As a back-up plan, you can bring a completed mail ballot with you. If you get to the early polling place and determine you do not wish to wait in line to vote, you can drop your mail ballot in the drop box. If you know you will not be able to vote in person, return your ballot by mail as soon as possible. Please do not wait until Election Day to vote in person. We foresee very long lines on November 3rd.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR ELECTION 2020

Vote in Person — Early — If Possible

CBST's Social Justice Leadership Team strongly recommend that voters in New York, Florida and other states where in-person early voting is avaiable, vote in person, using the early voting option. Although your early-voting location is likely to be farther from home than your election day location, it's almost certain to be less crowded and faster. And by voting in person, you guarantee that your vote will be counted in the early tally.

In this election season the final vote tally may take days, weeks or even months due to the unprecedented number of mail-in ballots expected, the report of voting results on election night will set the stage for the inevitable challenges, rhetoric and posturing.

Especially in terms of the popular vote in the presidential election, the election night tally will be vitally important. Ballots cast in person will count in this tally. Mail-in ballots will generally not count in this tally. In addition, mail-in ballots are much more likely to be challenged than votes cast in person.

It is also likely that given the impact of Covid, including reduced staffing at polling places, fewer polling places, and the difficulty of crowd-control measures on election day for social distancing, Election Day voting will be chaotic at best.

Of course, if you are concerned about travel or crowds, and/or you fall into a high risk category, you should consider voting by mail. If you plan to vote by mail, request an absentee ballot now and return it as soon as possible.

If you have any question as to how you'll cast your vote you should request an absentee ballot now, so you can use it if necessary.

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High Holy Days Live

High Holy Days Live

CBST Erev Shabbat Live Stream

Shabbat shalom! Tonight's service leaders:

Ba'al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Drashah: Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal

View this week's Shabbat program

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.

Make a Shabbat donation

 

If your Shabbat observance permits, join in our live chat below.

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Dave Yedid, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern

Dave Yedid (he/him) is thrilled to be in his first year as a Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern. Dave is a fourth-year student at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he is a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar.

Of Syrian and Ashkenazi heritage, he is originally from Port Washington, New York. Dave graduated from Middlebury College, where he was a pioneer in the LGBTQ+ and Jewish communities. He spent seven summers in various leadership capacities at Camp Ramah in the Rockies--his second home. After studying at Yeshivat Hadar, Dave moved to Bend, Oregon, where he was a wilderness therapy field guide, supporting teens and young adults to cope with acute trauma.

Since starting JTS, Dave has served as a rabbinic intern at NYU Bronfman Center, BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy and as a chaplain at The New Jewish Home. During his year in Jerusalem, Dave was a T'ruah Israel fellow and served a congregation in Omer, Israel.

Dave lives on the Upper West Side with his partner, Daniel. Dave loves dancing, adventuring outdoors, and playing with his film camera. He is excited to learn Torah, sing, pray, and build a more just world immersed in the sacred community that is CBST.

Dave Yedid, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern
Email: dyedid@cbst.org​

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