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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 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.

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

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at vote@CBST.org or call the CBST Votes Hotline, 646.570.5645 (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.

Online Resources

Poll Workers are Needed

Many trained poll workers are older and at risk for Covid-19, and will not be able to work this election season. All states are looking for poll workers. They provide training and pay for your time.  Click here for more information in New York City, New York State, New Jersey.

The Poll Hero Project is recruiting thousands of college and high school students to be paid poll workers to help ensure election security at in-person voting sites. Power to the Polls is aiming to recruit 250,000 people to work the polls. 

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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The Month of Elul 5780

  
In year 5780 / 2020, the Month of Elul begins at sundown on Thursday, August 20 and concludes at sundown on Friday, September 18. 

Skip down to Elul Classes & Programs: Click Here

Listen to Psalm 27 sung by the CBST Community Chorus at past High Holy Days: Psalm 27

Register for access to CBST’s 5781 High Holy Days observance, always open to all, always free of charge: High Holy Days

Read an Elul message from the CBST Clergy & Staff below: Click Here

"Elul (blue tones)" by Karin Foreman, karinforeman.com

August 20, 2020 / 30 Av 5780

אַחַ֤ת שָׁאַ֣לְתִּי מֵֽאֵת־יְהוָה֮ אוֹתָ֪הּ אֲבַ֫קֵּ֥שׁ שִׁבְתִּ֣י בְּבֵית־יְ֭הוָה כָּל־יְמֵ֣י חַיַּ֑י לַחֲז֥וֹת בְּנֹֽעַם־יְ֝הוָ֗ה וּלְבַקֵּ֥ר בְּהֵיכָלֽוֹ׃
One thing I ask, only this do I seek: to dwell in your house all the days of my life,
to behold your loveliness, in the light of the temple dawn.
-from Psalm 27, the Psalm for Elul, translation from CBST Siddur B'chol Levavcha

Tonight, as we make our way into the 5781 season of awe, our desires could be as simple as this single line of the Psalms relates: we want to be in the presence of holiness, we long to experience loveliness and light.

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.

Bivracha,

Rabbi Kleinbaum signature

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Yael Rapport
Associate Rabbi

Joyce Rosenzweig
Music Director

And the CBST Clergy & Staff

 

Elul Classes & Programs

 

Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum
Mondays through Thursdays, 9:45 - 10:45 am
Join CBST's Senior Rabbi, Sharon Kleinbaum, for an in-depth study of the Book of Psalms. Starting on Monday, August 24th, we will take an in-depth look at Psalm 27, the Psalm for the Season of Repentance, which is recited daily from the beginning of the month of Elul through Hoshanah Rabbah. We will read the Psalm in Hebrew and various English translations, and then class participants are invited to share their own interpretations through writing, song and the visual arts. Once we have studied Psalm 27, we will return to the psalm-by-psalm study begun in March, at Psalm 11. No previous knowledge of psalms is necessary; some familiarity with Hebrew is useful but not necessary. If you are intending to attend this class regularly, please email Jkatz@cbst.org to be placed on the class email list, and join the class Facebook page. No registration is required, but a contribution at your discretion to Adult Education at CBST is appreciated. Click here to make a contribution towards Psalms Study. 
To participate via ZOOM click this link on your computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/513468144
OR join by phone (audio only), call
 +1 646 876 9923 US (New York);
when prompted, enter Meeting ID  513 468 144

 

DAILY: Rambam (Maimonides)'s Hilchot Teshuva - The Laws of Repentance with Rabbi Moskowitz 
Sundays through Fridays, 8:30 to 8:45 am, from Fri, Aug 21 through Fri, Sept 18 - The Month of Elul 
Elul is the time for us to appreciate all of God's beautiful creations and recognize that God, the Creator, is even more beautiful. Elul is an opportunity to reflect, push ourselves, and reinvest. As we prepare for the High Holy Days, CBST's Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Mike Moskowitz leads a daily 15-minute Meditation to be streaming live from the CBST Facebook Page. A recording will be immediately available in the CBST Facebook Videos section archive. Photo: Harold Levine

 

CBST Members' Town Hall: 
How CBST Will Observe the Yamim Noraim / High Holy Days This Year.

Monday, Aug 24, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Watch previous Town Hall meetings here. For High Holy Days, you can purchase the Machzor: Lev Shalem: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur directly from the publisher.  Photo: Ira Rosenblum
 

 

Round Challah Baking & Chopped Liver Class
Thursday, Aug 27, 6:00 pm
Watch the video recording here and view the recipes here. CBST Member and Jeffrey A. Miller Catering chef-owner Jeffrey Miller leads a round challah baking class and chopped liver cooking lesson! Jeffrey will be using his mother’s chopped liver recipe! Annette Miller, z”l, was a beloved and long-time member of CBST. Rabbi Yael Rapport will offer teaching on Jewish food culture and the role of these traditional foods. Read this Welcome Letter from Jeff for an introduction and details on getting prepared. For a list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions click here to view the Round Challah Recipe and the Chopped Liver Recipe (both Chicken & Vegetarian options included!). For more information on Jewish food culture: Visit Tablet Magazine's 100 Most Jewish Foods for an interactive overview with a collection of articles, and read Challah in the Round by Ruth Heiges at RitualWell for information on the tradition of eating Round Challah. Photo Credit

 

Meet the Machzor:  CBST's High Holy Day Prayer Book
Monday, Aug 31, 6:00-7:00pm, with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum - watch 
Monday, Sept 7 (Labor Day), 6:00-7:00pm, with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum - watch
Monday, Sept 14, 6:00-7:00pm, with Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig and Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen - watch

On Aug 31 and Sept 7, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum will teach about the Machzor we will use during the High Holy Day services this year. And on Sept 14, Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig and Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen will present "Music of the High Holy Days." You can purchase the Machzor: Lev Shalem: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur directly from the publisher. The regular version is temporarily out of stock, but you can still get a large print edition: http://bit.ly/LargePrintMachzor, or a digital copy: http://bit.ly/DigitalMachzor 

 

"Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary" - Watch here
Thursday, September 3rd, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Aligning our homes and our hearts for the High Holy Days. This Elul season, how do we imbue our spaces with a sense of the sacred? What kinds of rituals and creative expressions can we utilize to make the place where we dwell into the space where we pray? Rabbi Rapport leads this workshop investigating Jewish traditions of creativity in holy places, including visual meditation, artistic expression, and sensory add-ons to Jewish ritual. Photo credit: The Tasman Center for Jewish Creativity

 

S'lichot Class and Service
Saturday, Sept 12, 9:00 pm class / 10:00 pm  service - watch here
Our evening opens with an in-depth study, led by Rabbi Rapport, on the meaning of S'lichot itself and the role these communal prayers of forgiveness have played in Jewish tradition across the world. The late night, candle-lit service that is led by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig, Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen, and Larry Kay envelopes both the personal and the communal; the work is spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. The music of the High Holy Days prepares us to open our own gates of teshuvah/repentance. All are welcome. 
Photo by Patrice Ruel taken last year on S'lichot at our 30th Street Sanctuary. This year, we will observe online.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81111288823
Meeting ID: 811 1128 8823
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Zoom Instructions & Etiquette

 

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. 

CLICK HERE for full information


Read the High Holy Days MESSAGE from
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum,
Board President Gregg Passin, and
Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski

Photo: Harold Levine

NER TAMID (Eternal Light):  CBST preserves our cherished traditions as well as our innovations - the bold pursuit of social justice, inspiring religious observance, pastoral care, educational programs, and social activities that serve our diverse community. Legacy gifts—bequests, trusts, annuities, retirement and insurance benefactor plans, gifts of real estate, and the like—significantly enhance our ability to implement all that we stand for and strive for. You can leave a lasting legacy and create a meaningful tribute. Also consider a Charitable Gift Annuity offered in collaboration with UJA-Federation of NY (offering tax benefits now, and lifetime income). EMAIL giving@cbst.org to advise us that you have remembered CBST in your estate plans and approve acknowledgement as a Ner Tamid in the Yom Kippur publication.  Learn more...

Watch videos and read drashot from past High Holy Day services.

Listen to a sample from our High Holy Days CD, "Return Again, Hashivenu"
Achat Sha'alti, Israel Katz, born 1930, sung by the CBST Community Chorus

 

ONGOING at CBST through Elul and beyond....


Connecting in Community
Fridays, 3:00-4:00pm via Zoom 
with Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal
In these challenging times, we show up for each other with an open heart and loving presence. Join Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal for a short text study and discussion in small groups, as we transition into Shabbat. Newcomers and “drop-ins” always welcome! No registration required. Fridays, 3pm-4pm. 
Registration is not required. Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/256347787
Meeting ID: 256 347 787 Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)
Mute your device. Need tech help? Text 646-450-3556


Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Fridays, 6:30 pm
Livestreamed throughout the year via the CBST Facebook Page. 

Shabbat Morning Services
Saturdays, 9:30 am
Via Zoom throughout the year (check the CBST calendar for details, including time), and also livestreamed via the CBST Facebook Page. 

Havdalah
Saturdays, 9:00 pm service followed by program at 9:30 pm
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/654880356
Meeting ID: 654 880 356  Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York) 

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Mishpachah Monday! Virtual Dinner
Mondays, 5:00 pm
Join a weekly bring-your-own dinner or snack every Monday evening at 5:00pm with Rabbi Marisa James. 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. All are welcome!
On Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/513521023
On Phone: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)   Meeting ID: 513 521 023

Living Successfully with HIV/AIDS
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm Register to receive Zoom info. 
This supportive social gathering–shmooze with Rabbi Marisa James is an opportunity to 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, for adults of any age. 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
In partnership with Seeking Asylum and Finding Empowerment (SAFE) and New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC), CBST offers you the opportunity to volunteer and make a significant difference for immigrants and asylym seekers facing an increasingly complex process (now working entirely online). Contact Rabbi Marisa James, CBST Director of Social Justice Programming or Noah Habeeb, Clinic Coordinator. If you're a lawyer, contact Lee Jason Goldberg.  

Resistance: Calls & Cards meets Democracy Action Team 
Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:15 pm 
This weekly advocacy program provides you with info to contact elected officials and other key figures, to ensure vital political and social justice work as Americans and progressive Jews. Address issues via email, text, phone, and snail mail letter and post cards to impact voter protection/access/registration/turnout; refugee protections; environmental protection; common sense gun laws; ending mass incarceration; education reform; healthcare; and the fight against rising antisemitism, racism, and bigotry in all forms.  Zoom via computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87441818544  Meeting ID: 874 4181 8544   Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Programming for Families with Children
Alef-Bet Shabbat - interactive Shabbat morning services for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
Aggadah Adventures - innovative immersive theater for the very young educational experiences
(significantly funded by the Covenant Foundation)
Limmud b'Shabbat Grades K thru 12/Teen Track - registration is now open


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Ask the FDA to stop the ban on blood & plasma donations by men who have had sex with men

Copy and paste this text into a document and include your information and signature. If you want, add a line or two to make it personal! 

TO:
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
White Oak Campus
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20993

FROM:
Your name
Your street address
Your city, state, and ZIP code

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is ____________________ and I'm writing to ask the FDA to stop the ban on blood and plasma donations by men who have had sex with men within the past three months, per the FDA's updated guidance on April 2, 2020 (found at bit.ly/FDAbloodguidance).

Men who have had sex with men, many of whom identify as part of the LGBTQ community, have been disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis, and know what it is to live through a pandemic.

With the current, continuing COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent decrease in blood donations, I ask that men who have had sex with men be treated as equal citizens, able to donate blood and blood components during this unprecedented time without having to abstain from sex for three months in order to be of service to their communities and to their country.

I've read that blood plasma from those who have survived COVID-19 may be particularly useful to medical researchers as we search for a vaccine and/or cure for COVID-19. That's why it's more important than ever for men who have had sex with men, who have also survived COVID-19, be able to donate their plasma without having to abstain from sex for three months.

It is deeply unfair to ask this segment of the population for sexual abstinence when it is not asked of others who are not men who have had sex with men.

In conclusion, please end the ban on blood and plasma donations by men who have had sex with men within the past three months. I would very much appreciate a written response at the address above.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

_____________________

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Sam Rosen, Cantorial Intern

Sam Rosen is a native of Sugar Land, Texas. In 2012, he completed Bachelor’s degrees in Music (Ethnomusicology) and Jewish Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. After five years in Austin, he moved to New York City to complete a Master’s degree in Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. During this time, he became an active member of CBST, participating in the renowned CBST Chorus for three years. He is a fourth-year cantorial student in the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Sam was honored to serve The Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY for his first student internship. He is excited to serve and share his passion for Jewish music and prayer with the CBST community!

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