Social Justice

At CBST, our prayers, plans, and actions are all connected to bringing about the changes in the world that will ensure justice and safety for all. Our work to transform the world continues especially in difficult times, whether online or through actions you can do at home.

We are committed to furthering social justice and equality for all people. We work within our congregation, we take public action, and we lend our names and voices to a variety of social and humanitarian causes.

Interested in connecting with one of our currently active social justice initiatives? 
Learn more about our teams and get in touch with them here: 

Email Addresses/Links

CBST, the Middle East and Me

Judith Hollander

Emet: Trans and Non-binary Team

Rafaela Anshel

Ending Mass Incarceration

Lee Jason Goldberg and Laurie Magid

Green Team (Environmental Concerns)

Liz Galst

House of Peace - Jewish-Muslim Outreach

Harold Levine

Chazak: The Red Ribbon Team at CBST (HIV/AIDS Awareness)

Mark Fischer

Democracy Action Team/Resistance!

Sabrina Farber and
Gerry Goldhaber

Ark Immigration Clinic/Sanctuary

Noemi Masliah, Dylan Parent, Michael Schreiber

Other initiatives and partnerships include:

CBST Concerts for Social Justice

Adria Benjamin and
Joyce Rosenzweig

Accessibility at CBST

Rabbi James

Gays Against Guns

Shep Wahnon

Gays Against Guns Facebook group


Yelena Goltsman

Social Justice and CBST

CBST is wonderfully blessed with amazing rodfei tzedek — committed seekers of justice. We are honored by them, and we shep a lot of naches (we are very proud). 

When CBST held its first service in February 1973, no Jewish organization, synagogue, or institution supported equality for gay people. CBST serves as a symbol for marginalized people everywhere seeking to transform traditional religious communities. Our synagogue is actively engaged in advocacy, reaching out to people of a wide range of faiths and nationalities to promote equality and human rights. CBST provides a much-needed progressive and Jewish voice to counter the religious right. The synagogue is committed to advancing human rights locally, nationally, and around the world, including in the state of Israel.

As an incubator of progressive religious thought, ‎CBST’s public voice is crucial at a time when the dominant role of organized religion in the U.S. is often to ‎limit, impede, and even stifle informed dialogue on sexuality and its interplay with religion. The synagogue’s ‎boundaries and impact extend well beyond the tri-state area, where it draws the majority of more than ‎‎1,000 of its members.‎

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CBST is proud to collaborate on spiritual, educational, and social justice programs with like-minded organizations throughout New York City, as well as those around the world. If you are interested in planning an event or program at or with CBST, please complete our Event Request Form.

We have also lent our support to:

​Homeless LGBTQ Youth in New York City
Women's Cancer Education & Response
Global LGBTQ Concerns

For more information, contact Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Director of Social Justice Programming

Support our Social Justice work by giving to CBST!