In honor of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s 32 years as CBST’s first Senior Rabbi, we are delighted to announce the launch of The Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum & Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. In keeping with CBST’s mission and Rabbi Kleinbaum’s teaching, “Social Justice is rooted in our Jewish texts, history, theology and liturgy. We don’t separate spirituality from social justice.” The fund will enable CBST to augment and build on its work as a leader in the Jewish/LGBTQ+ social justice movements. READ MORE. 

This fund is a dedicated fixture for the synagogue. We invite you to build on the generosity of those listed below and support the fund’s launch with a donation. All contributions to the Fund will be 100% tax-deductible.

Join us on June 3, 2024 as we celebrate Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s spiritual leadership at CBST and launch the Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum & Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah with a moving tribute concert! 

It is perfectly consistent with the extraordinary leadership of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum at CBST and with the personal commitment of the Rabbi and her partner Randi Weingarten that they and we mark her stepping down from her pulpit with the creation of the Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at CBST.

These two amazing people have devoted their lives to caring for the other, to raising up those who need help, to healing our wounds, and to building a world of justice and equity across any and every line of difference. It is my honor to give to this fund and to urge others to give generously.

Ruth Messinger,
Former Manhattan Borough President
Former CEO of American Jewish World Service

 

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum is renowned for the clarity of her convictions, her insistence on living them out, and her steadfast belief in the possibility of structural change.  Under her leadership, CBST has established itself as a strong and vocal synagogue community of people willing to be powerful allies across difference, offering up a critical model of allyship.  The Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Randi Weingarten Fund for Social Justice at CBST will be an enduring legacy to ensure this essential work can continue into the future.  

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, 
President and CEO of Reconstructing Judaism

Donor List

$100,000+

Andy Cohen 

William Fern and Reverend John Bliss

$50,000+

Esteban and Heymi Kuriel

Eric Rosenbaum and Pierre Vallet

David Wine and Michael MacElhenny

$25,000+

Simon Dratfield and Sherri Felt Dratfield

Sue Fischlowitz and David Roberts

Stephen Frank and Adam Berger

Michael Powell

$10,000+

William Hibsher and Richard Orient

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Randi Weingarten

Noemi Masliah

Marsha Melnick and Susan E. Meyer

Nancy Meyer and Marc Weiss

Gregg Passin and Andrew Schmidt

Mark Richard

Lee Saunders, AFSCME

Jayne Sherman and Deborah Zum

United Faculty of Miami Dade College

Mike Vine and Bill Getreuer

Willig, Williams & Davidson

$5,000+

Sabrina Farber and Ellen Shapiro

Barbara Gaines and Aari Ludvigsen

Faith Gay and Francesca Zambello

Betsy Gotbaum

Jerry Hyman and Mark Cohen

Matthew Kalos

Isabelle Kirshner and Cristina Grajales

Jack Nieman and Rick Reder, z”l

Janet Pavloff and Lisa Kartzman

Abigail Pogrebin and David Shapiro

Dr. Barbara Rosen and Patricia Martone

Ira Rosenblum and Kenneth Karpel

Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association-Local 831

Jacki Weingarten Arams and Ron Arams

Robert Zimmerman

$3,600+

David Colemna, College Board

Geoffrey Garin

Jack Greenberg and Ron Weiss

Debra Katz

Dr. Rosanne Leipzig and Ora Chaikin

Diane Ravitch and Mary Butz

Marc Waldor and Dr. Nancy Long

$1,800+

Paul and Mary Adler

Nancy Alpert and Gwen Marcus

Andrew Austin and Honorable Michael Sonberg

Nan Bases

Adria Benjamin and Laurie Rhodes

Austin Beutner

Naomi Blakeman and Ariana Fekett

Central Synagogue

Bruce Cohen and Gabe Catone

Elizabeth Cooper

Barbara Dolgin and Hanna Gafni

Dr. Ora Ezrachi

Jay Fischer and Michael Lehrman

Steven Frank and Mark Lerner

Emily Giske and Dr. Jennifer Percival

Suzanne Goldberg and Lou Kelley

Dr. Gerry Goldhaber

Nathan Goldstein and Mitchell Davis

Warren Goldstein and Donna Schaper

Donna Gray

Barbara Grindell and Sherryl Drasin

Marcy Kahn and Dr. Diane Churchill

Allison Klein

Arthur Leonard and Timothy Nenno

Laurie Magid and Jeffrey Miller

Wendy Marks

Ruth Messinger

Dr. Isaac Namdar and Andrew Mitchell-Namdar

Bonnie Pollack

Judy Ribnick and Dr. Diane Burhenne

Honorable Rosalyn Richter

Cindy Rizzo and Jennifer Schwam

Kathy Rocklen and Debi Karlinsky

Lin Rosenbluth and Sally Kopstein

Rita Solnet

Alan Solomont

Honorable Scott Stringer and Elyse Buxbaum

William Thompson and Elsie McCabe Thompson

Leah Trachten and Regina Linder

William Wahler

Evan Wolfson and Cheng He

Mark and Alan Wovsaniker

Ivan Zimmerman and Taryn Higashi

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