Upcoming Events

Trans Jews Are Here: A Convening
Pre-Registration Open!

Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, 2019, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, 130 West 30th Street, New York, NY

The Trans Jews are Here convening will bring together trans and non-binary Jewish individuals, including some of our very own spiritual leaders, artists, educators, performers, and more, to celebrate and explore the intersection of transgender identity and Jewish life. Hosted by CBST with Keshet, the convening includes Shabbat experiences, workshops, panels, discussions, presentations, and performances. Gather, learn, and exchange ideas in a trans-focused Jewish space. Join us in joyful celebration! Co-chaired by Seth M. Marnin and Jillian T. Weiss; led by Convening Director, Rafi Daugherty; featuring Kate Bornstein, Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari, Rabbi Reuben Zellman, and Abby Stein, with more to come! For more info, email us at transjews@cbst.org.

Lehrhaus Adult Education Special Series

Big Questions: Exploring Judaism through a Denominational Lens
Saturdays, Feb. 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 13, May 11, Jun. 22, 12:45pm

How do different movements within Judaism answer life's big questions? In this course, taught by CRRI Steven Philp, explore how Jews have grappled with topics like God, revelation, good versus evil, and peoplehood - and see what conclusions we might come to ourselves. Class will take place after services, so grab your lunch and join us! No registration required.

Animals in the Jewish Tradition
4 Consecutive Tuesdays, beginning April 2, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

In this heart-engaged and text-based course taught by CRRI Deborah Megdal, we'll set a kavannah (intention) of blessing animals as fellow creations with whom we share the world and whose place in our tradition is deserving of study. We will review Biblical and rabbinic texts that see animals as possessing certain spiritual qualities and human traits, as legally responsible for their own actions, and even as sources of prophecy. We will find guidance on how to treat animals today (spoiler alert: with profound mercy) based on traditional texts detailing how to care for working animals and how to capture wild animals; questioning whether we have an obligation to help others care for their animals; and arguing that animal rest is an essential piece of Shabbat practice. We will also discuss the values that underlie the laws of kashrut, including kosher slaughter. All texts will be presented with full English translation alongside the original. No previous background required. Register.


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