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CBST During Covid-19


“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

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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. Please RSVP here.
  • Havdalah is led by a member of the CBST clergy team or lay leadership on Saturday evenings, with shmoozing at 9 pm followed by the ritual at 9:30 pm. Join directly via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/654880356.


Daily Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum (Monday-Thursday, 10-10:45 am) 

ZOOM; Meeting ID: 513 468 144; Call-in: +1 646 876 9923

Here is some of how Rabbi Kleinbaum recently described this extraordinary class: "Over 80 students join me four days a week. Most are CBST members, but not all. Most are Jewish, but not all. We have participants from Bulgaria, England, France, Mexico, and Sweden (not to mention several US states). Some have deep Jewish knowledge and life experience, while for others this is the first time they are studying a Jewish text. Enthusiasm for the course has grown so much that we now have four students serving as our musical team and two students serving as 'teaching assistants' for the class. We even have a dedicated Facebook group to continue the discussions and where participants post various resources and articles personal psalms. Participants are actively creating their own work based on the texts and commentaries we are studying. Some are visual artists, others are composers. We now dedicate time each week to sharing our work and exploring the creative process. The group is engaged in holy work in the midst of terrible, uncertain, and frightening times. The psalms being created reflect the depth and breadth of human experience found in the original Book of Psalms written thousands of years ago." Click here to Read Rabbi Kleinbaum’s deeply personal description of this class. 

Pirkei Avot Study with Rabbi Moskowitz (Monday-Thursday through August 4th, 4-4:45 pm)

ZOOM; Meeting ID: 926 6553 3458; Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592.

Pirkei Avot, a classic mishnaic text of Jewish ethics, is customarily studied from Passover (the holiday of redemption) to Shavuot (the holiday of revelation), as spiritual preparation to receive Torah. Our class will learn one mishnah per class, starting at the beginning. No Hebrew necessary. Join us even if you’ve never studied Jewish sacred text before. No registration required. Attend when you can. All are welcome! 

Did you miss some of our previous sessions or classes? No worries. We recorded them! Click here to watch. 

COVID-19 Resources and CBST Community Connection

COVID-19 Resources
Click here
for a link to a document compiled by CBST, containing important resources for physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual health, as well as legal, social, and economic resources. We will regularly update this list; please let us know if you have resources to suggest by emailing Judy Ribnick

CBST Town Halls on Covid-19: These special programs about life during the pandemic were originally attended by CBST members only. The content was so important that we have made the recordings available publicly.  To learn about CBST membership, email membership@cbst.org, or you can click Renew/Join CBST to complete the process online.

  • Town Hall 1 “Medical and Legal Issues” with Judith Turkel, Esq., and Dr. Nathan Goldstein
  • Town Hall 2 “CBST During the Pandemic” with Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Executive Director Yolanda Potasinski, and President Gregg H. Passin
  • Town Hall 3 "Social Justice in the Age of Covid-19: What Are CBST Social Justice Teams Doing, and How Can You Be Involved?" with Rabbi Marisa James, Director of Social Justice Programming, and Sabrina Farber, Lee Goldberg, Laurie Magid, Noemi Masliah, and Harold Levine
  • Town Hall 4 “The State of the City in the Time of COVID-19” with NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson
  • 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

Mishpachah Mondays with Rabbi James and Sharon Golub (Mondays, 5-6pm; Zoom)

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 with CRRI Deborah Megdal (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!

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.

Important Resources for Everyone in the Time of COVID-19

Important Resources for Everyone in the Time of COVID-19 

Last updated: June 3, 2020

The pandemic creates new challenges for all of us, medical, logistical, legal, and emotional. CBST wants to help you find resources you need in this difficult time. We will work to keep this list of resources up to date. One way you can help is by sharing your resources with the community. If you have resources to suggest, please email Judy Ribnick (jribnick@cbst.org). 

This guide currently contains information on (1) Mental/Spiritual Health Hotlines, (2) Official Information and Updates, (3) Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Legal Protections, (4) Funeral Resources, (5) Unemployment Insurance, and (6) Food Resources.

Mental and Spiritual Well-being Hotlines and Resources:

  • Institute for Jewish Spirituality Resources from IJS to help respond to these tense and challenging times:
  • FREE Daily Online Meditation Sit  |  FREE Weekly Torah Study
  • Gift of Awareness Online Course  |  FREE Jewish Meditation Starter Kit
  • NYC Well – Talk. Text. Chat. 24/7  NYC Well is there to listen and to help, with problems like stress, depression, anxiety, or drug and alcohol use. For you or someone you care for. NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
  • RUACH: Jewish Emotional and Spiritual Support Need someone to talk to? We are a 100% volunteer-run initiative made up of therapists, social workers, rabbis, chaplains, and providers-in-training offering support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregivers span the spectrum of Jewish identity and practice, and we have providers who specialize in LGBTQ+, multi-faith, & accessible care. If you need free support, fill out this form and you will be matched with a caregiver for a 30-minute call. Your caregiver will reach out to you within 48 hours [Mon.-Fri.].
  • New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Official Information and Updates:

  • New York State COVID-19 Updates: Follow regular updates on the web from New York State, including useful health and policy information such as mobile testing sites and current stay-at-home recommendations. For other or more urgent questions, call New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
  •  CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) Most up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus symptoms, treatment, and spread in the United States. [The CDC remains an important source of information, but CBST is concerned about how the White House political agenda has affected some CDC recommendations.] Text COVID to 692-692 to get regular updates on the latest developments with COVID-19.
  • Met Council resource center on coronavirus Met Council is America’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy and has many resources about unemployment, SNAP, and other benefits.
  • LGBTQ Coronavirus Resources from NYC Unity Project - Generation NYC
  • A fairly comprehensive listing of important NYC coronavirus links from THE CITY, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news platform dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York City.
  • NYC coronavirus crisis resources from City Lights. Using investigative journalism, City Limits exists to inform democracy and equip citizens to create a more just city.
  • HELP NOW NYC (NYC Government) Find more ways that you can give or receive help.

Legal Advice on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Legal Protections:

If you are an LGBTQ or LGBTQ-friendly lawyer and want to be added to our list, please email Tasha Calhoun at tcalhoun@cbst.org.

  1. Judith E. Turkel, Esq., Howard M. Forman, Esq. - Wills, Trusts and Estates, Family Law and Real EstateTurkel, Forman, & de la Vega, LLP304 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010(212) 353-2200 // jturkel@turkelforman.com, hforman@turkelforman.com // turkelforman.com
  2. Carol Buell, Esq. - Weiss, Buell, & Bell, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2604, New York, NY 10118(212) 967-5710 // cbuell@wbblaw.com // carollbuelllaw.com/
  3. Elizabeth Deutsch, Esq., Second Parent Adoptions, Wills, Living Wills with Medical Health Care Proxy, Powers of Attorney17 Burroughs Way, Maplewood, NJ 07040917-655-4971 // EDeutsch2001@verizon.net 
  4. Leslie Deutsch, Esq., Second Parent Adoptions, Wills, Living Wills with Medical Health Care Proxy, Powers of Attorney19 Rynda Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040917-355-5638 // LSDeutsch2003@yahoo.com 
  5. Noemi Masliah, Masliah Firm, Immigration Law - 225 Broadway, New York, NY 10007(212) 227-9390 // https://themasliahfirm.com/ // Noemi.Masliah@themasliahfirm.com 
  6. Ralph Randazzo, Esq., Elder Law - 475 Park Avenue South, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10016(631) 673 4998 // ralph@randazzolaw.com 
  7. Richard Tesler, Esq., Estate Planning - 41 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023(212) 362-6961 // Richtesler@aol.com
  8. Jillian T. Weiss, Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss, P.C. - 527 Hudson Street, P.O. Box 20169, New York, NY 10014(845) 709-3237 // jweiss@jtweisslaw.com // https://jtweisslaw.com

Funeral Resources:

If you would like to obtain information about purchasing a plot in CBST's cemetery, please contact Yolanda Potasinski (ypotasinski@cbst.org) and Chaz Macrina (cmacrina@cbst.org).

Unemployment Insurance:

  • Unemployment insurance fact sheet CBST member Hugh Baran has offered to talk with our members who have questions or are seeking help with unemployment insurance. You can contact him here. 
  • Educational Alliance Employment Services, employment and career development services to address the needs of the communities of the Lower East Side, East Village, and greater Manhattan.

Food Resources:

  • Invisible Hands Deliver: Local NYC 20-somethings will pick up your groceries, pharmacy needs, etc. and deliver to your door for free, throughout 5 boroughs, greater NYC area. You can pay them in cash or call to pay the store directly. 
  • Mazon: Online state-by-state list of resources for both free food pickup and delivery (food banks, meals on wheels, etc). Possibly more to come.
  • SelfHelp selfhelp.net “For those in need of meals at home, we have made referrals to a home-delivered meals provider.” Currently considering everyone over 60 as homebound. info@selfhelp.net; West Side, Project Pilot; East Side, case management; Downtown, neighborhood house; Department of Aging contract with Meals of Wheels
  • God’s Love We Deliver: Home-delivered meals for those with major health challenges (HIV/AIDS, cancer, etc.). Participation requires doctor confirmation of eligibility. Delivery in all five boroughs and beyond.

Finally, see this list of NYC mutual aid groups and coronavirus resources for more information, including campaigns and actions you can join and places where you can donate time and/or money as you are able.


CBST's Summer 5780/2020 Lehrhaus Judaica Adult Learning Classes – Zoom Info

Classes run for eight consecutive weeks beginning June 29, 2020. Class rosters close Friday, July 3. Registration questions? Contact Jesse.
Click here for class recordings. Having tech difficulties? Text the CBST Tech Support number: 646-450-3556.

All Hebrew Classes Taught by Miya Rotstein, CBST Educator. Hebrew Language proficiency questions? Email Miya.

Hebrew "Alef" - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 am
 For those who never studied Hebrew or need a "refresher." Learn to read Hebrew and basic prayerbook vocabulary. This class will use the book “Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults, Book 1” which you can order here. Resources will be provided to those waiting on their copy to arrive, or for those experiencing financial hardship.
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82241786310
Meeting ID: 822 4178 6310
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Hebrew "Bet" - Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 am
Advanced Beginners: 
For those who can read letters and vowels and are able to complete the Hebrew Bet Class Self-Assessment. Increase your vocabulary and grammar through prayerbook and biblical texts. This class will use the book “Aleph Isn't Enough: Hebrew for Adults Book 2” which you can order here. Resources will be provided to those waiting on their copy to arrive, or for those experiencing financial hardship.
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87002506984
Meeting ID: 870 0250 6984
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Hebrew "Gimmel" - Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 pm
 For those who can sight-read Hebrew words and recognize basic prayerbook root words and are able to complete the Hebrew Gimmel Class Self-Assessment. Increase your vocabulary and exposure to grammar, poetry, and liturgical texts.
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84729272017
Meeting ID: 847 2927 2017
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

The following classes are open to those of any skill level or background. Texts will be provided in original Hebrew and translation. Both classes taught by Rabbi Atara Cohen, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Pastoral & Educational Intern. Texts will be provided in original Hebrew/Aramaic as well as in translation.

Stories of the Rabbis - Mondays, 6 pm
Discuss the art of rabbinic story-telling, make Talmud more approachable, and delve into deep questions. 
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87016360518
Meeting ID: 870 1636 0518
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Mishnah Brachot - How Do We Pray - Wednesdays, 6 pm
This exciting rabbinic text lays the groundwork for our prayers today. 
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85178449528
Meeting ID:
851 7844 9528
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Drop-ins Welcome. No Registration Needed.

Psalm Study - Mon-Thurs, 10:00 - 10:45 am (15 minute pre-class schmooze at 9:45)
Extended session offered Monday, June 29 from 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Rabbi Kleinbaum and other CBST Clergy Team members lead this deep study of the texts in Hebrew and English. The class looks at a variety of translations and discusses the meaning of these sacred poems to us today and how they've inspired worship and music.  Students are encouraged to produce and share writings, music and art inspired by their own reading of the Psalms. Some knowledge of Hebrew is useful but not necessary. All necessary texts are provided via PDF. If you are intending to attend this class regularly, please email Harold Levine to be placed on the class email list, and join the class Facebook page.
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/513468144
Meeting ID:
 513 468 144
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Pirkei Avot Study with Rabbi Moskowitz - Mon-Thurs, 4-4:45 pm
Rabbi Moskowitz continues the study of Pirkei Avot, the foundational text of Jewish ethical teaching. This class begins with Chapter 2, where Rabbi Moskowitz's class between Pesach and Shavuot left off. The earlier class is not a prerequisite for this one. Some knowledge of Hebrew is helpful, but not necessary; no registration is required. All are welcome! Texts will be provided in original Hebrew/Aramaic as well as in translation.
Add this class to your calendar, so you get a reminder (with the Zoom info)!
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92665533458
Meeting ID: 926 6553 3458
Call-in: +1 646 876 9923 

Participating via Zoom: Most of our programming is conducted online via Zoom, so please be sure to read up on our Zoom Instructions & Etiquette for ParticipantsMUTE your computer microphone, phone or other device until you are invited to speak. Zoom is a free technology for calling and videoconferencing. You do not need a personal Zoom account to use it. Zoom has step-by-step instructions hereThis is also a good guide to using Zoom.

Check our calendar for ongoing programming!


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!

Hebrew "Alef" - 6/30, 7/2, 7/7, 7/9

Hebrew "Bet" - 6/29; 7/1 not available due to technical error, our apologies; 7/6, 7/8 [unfortunately, the recording appears to have been cut off]

Hebrew "Gimmel" – 6/30, 7/27/7, 7/9

Stories of the Rabbis – 6/29, 7/6

Mishnah Brachot - How Do We Pray - 7/1, 7/8

Psalms Study - click here

Pirkei Avot Study - click here


CBST's 25th Annual Benefit Concert

Missing the 25th opportunity to gather in person, hundreds of households across the country and around the world came together online on Sunday, June 7, 2020 to experience a glorious livestreamed concert.

The diverse pieces, curated by our Music Director, Joyce Rosenzweig, were selected some time ago, but became a collection of such deep meaning, inspiration, comfort and solace in today’s dark world. We were all moved to smiles and tears throughout the performance.  

We are so proud to share this Recording of the entire performance and the Zoom-Meet-the-Artists Conversation that followed. You can view/download the Concert Journal-Program.

Our magnificent CBST Chorus performed “together online” – an amazing sight and sound. Soloist Sally Wilfert (who brings tears to our eyes at Yom Kippur Yizkor services) and ALL our past and present cantorial interns performed, introducing themselves and the songs they chose: Cantors David Berger, Magda Fishman, Jason Kaufman, Dan Singer, and Steve Zeidenberg, and Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, David Fair, and Sam Rosen. The CBST Concerts for Social Justice chamber music quintet, Adria Benjamin, Tomoko Fujita, Adrienne Kim, Sebu Sirinian, and Lisa Tipton, performed Bach and Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” as you have never heard or seen before.

Concert sponsors, patrons, and hundreds of donors provide significant funding for Music at CBST every year. Thank you, thank you, to all who step forward, at all levels, to make a gift that helps bring music into our lives throughout the year.


PRIDE 2020

     Celebrate PRIDE Month!  Be Joyful. Spiritual. Proud.   
     Add your PRIDE Shout Out! for the June 26 Pride Shabbat Program.

      Add your PRIDE Shout Out! for the June 26 Pride Shabbat Program.

Attend Friday evening services livestreaming via Facebook. 
Purchase a CBST prayerbook through the CBST online Shop.
Attend Saturday morning services at 9:30 am via Zoom. 
25th Annual Benefit Concert Recording   Concert Journal-Program   
Click on events in the cbst.org calendar for information.  



Planned Giving

When you remember CBST in your planned giving you leave a special legacy for the future. In some circumstances, that legacy may have greater impact than you might have been able to make during your lifetime, but please know whatever the amount, your intent is important, meaningful, and greatly appreciated.

"Ner Tamid" (Eternal Light) members are acknowledged in the Yom Kippur booklet. Simply advise our staff that you have included CBST in your will, trust, or other document naming Congregation Beit Simchat Torah as beneficiary.  You may use this simple Intent Form, or just email Ann to discuss options and provide the name of the contact person (i.e. your attorney). You do not need to provide details in advance. 

"Charitable Gift Annuityis a unique opportunity, offered by CBST in partnership with UJA-Federation of NY.  You receive an initial tax benefit and annual return on your gift/investment (min.$10,000) at an excellent rate for your lifetime. The program is administered and guaranteed by UJA (even if your total benefits surpass your original investment). When you pass away (may you live to 120!), the remaining funds in your annuity account are split: 10% to UJA and 90% to CBST.  Questions?  Contact Ann at giving@cbst.org.   





CBST Trans Pride Kiddush Cup

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

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

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

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

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

1) Click here
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3) Enter a numerical amount from $18.00 to $180.00. Your contribution above $18 helps to keep the pricing low for those who need it.
4) Select "Yes" under "Are You Making a Tribute?"
5) Select "On Occasion Of" under "Tribute Type:"
6) Under "Honoree Name" type: "TDOV Kiddush Cup"
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8) Select your method of payment and follow the instructions to complete the transaction. You will have the opportunity to review before completing.



Director of Development, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)


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


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

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

Key Responsibilities:

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


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


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


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