Social Justice

Through everything that we do at CBST, we pray, plan, and act to bring about social change. We continue our work to transform the world especially in these difficult times, whether online or through actions you can do at home. As a community, CBST stands committed to furthering social justice and equality for all people. We work within the congregation, take public action, and lend our names and voices to a variety of social and humanitarian causes.

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



Email Addresses

CBST, The Middle East, and Me

Judith Hollander


Concerts for Social Justice

Adria Benjamin and Joyce Rosenzweig


Emet: Trans and Non-binary Team 

Rafaela Anshel


Ending Mass Incarceration

Lee Jason Goldberg and Laurie Magid

leejgoldberg@gmail.com laurie.magid@yahoo.com

Gays Against Guns

Shep Wahnon

See here.

Green Team (Environmental Concerns)

Liz Galst


House of Peace

Harold Levine


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

Mark Fischer


Resistance: Calls and Cards

Sabrina Farber and Gerry Goldhaber



Yelena Goltsman 


Accessibility at CBST

Rabbi James


Ark Immigration Clinic / Sanctuary

Noemi Masliah, Dylan Parent, Michael Schreiber



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. The synagogue is actively engaged in advocacy, reaching out to people of all 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 US 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 this Event Request Form.

We have also directed our energies to supporting:

      ​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, rabbijames@cbst.org