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This Week's Shabbat Services
German Jewish Music and Kristallnacht Commemoration Shabbat


On November 9-10, 1938, massive pogroms were waged against Jewish communities throughout Germany and Austria. On this Shabbat we commemorate Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass) and these days of unfathomable destruction by celebrating the glorious musical heritage of the German synagogue. We will pray our Shabbat service incorporating music written by Germany and Austria's greatest synagogue composers, bringing to life many examples of this rich tradition.


Friday, 11/9/12, 25 Cheshvan

Parashat Chayei Sara  

5:45 PM Hebrew for Adult Beginners 

7 PM Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chelsea)


Bethune Minyan: Not Meeting 

Saturday, 11/10/12, 25 Cheshvan  

Mazel tov to Julia Ettelbrick and her family on her becoming Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat!
10 AM Shabbat Morning Service: Liberal Format (Bethune - location may change, check email/ Facebook for updates)
10 AM Limmud b'Shabbat
11 AM Family T'fillah
11:30 AM Alef-Bet Shabbat
12:30 PM Kiddush Lunch
1:30 PM Topics in LGBTQ Jewish Parenting   
ASLASL Interpretation Upon Request for Main Kabbalat Shabbat service - email
Chelsea sanctuary
located at: 296 9th Ave. at 28th St. Bethune sanctuary located at: 57 Bethune St. Visit our homepage for service leadership information.

News and Updates

Hurricane Sandy Update 

CBST's Bethune Street office doesn't have heat, phone, or Internet but our staff is working from CBST's New Home at 130 W 30th Street. You can contact us at 212-929-9498 or at Please leave a specific message and we will get back to you.  

We are unable to access our Outlook calendars - if you have a meeting scheduled with a staff member, please call or email us and let us know.  

Check out the CBST Facebook page and like our page to receive updates, as some event locations may change. 

RSKs 20th logo CBST Celebrates Rabbi Kleinbaum's 20 Years of Spiritual Leadership


Join us in celebrating Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum's 20th Anniversary! Featuring Rabbi Kleinbaum in conversation with Cynthia Nixon, Frank Rich, and Rabbi Ayelet Cohen; a dramatic reading by Cynthia Nixon; a video tribute by David I. Sigal; Joyce Rosenzweig and the CBST Community Chorus; Chanukah candle lighting led by Rabbi Rachel Weiss; and a reception to follow.

Seating is limited, so don't delay.
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You may also call 212-929-9498 x28 or email    


Personal Spiritual Practices Series: New Dates


Join Rabbi Weiss as we explore the Amidah, Reclaiming Mikvah, and Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin. Offered through CBST's Lehrhaus Judaica Adult and Family Education program. Learn about our classes and register here.

Due to Hurricane Sandy, please note the new schedule of Lehrhaus Judaica Classes:
Tuesday, November 6th - Classes NOT meeting.
The Amidah: Tuesdays: November 13, 20, 27th from 6:30 - 8pm
Reclaiming Mikvah: Tuesday, December 4th from 8:00 - 9:30pm (note new time!)
Kippah, Tallit and Tefillin: Tuesdays December 4, 11 from 6:30-8:00pm
Leading a Shiva Minyan Make Up class: Tuesday, November 13th from 8-9:30pm.


Ali Forney Drop-In Center Destroyed By Hurricane Sandy


This is a terrible tragedy for our city's LGBT homeless youth. This space was dedicated to our most vulnerable kids, the thousands stranded on the streets without shelter, and was a place where they received food, showers, clothing, medical care, HIV testing and treatment, and mental health and substance abuse services. Learn more and see how you can help here.


Upcoming Events  

CANCELED: Open House at 30th Street  

Monday, November 5th, 5-7pm   

CBST's New Home, 130 W 30th Street 


Tonight's Open House event has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.


Chesed Steering Committee Meeting   

Tuesday, November 6th, 12:30pm   

CBST's New Home, 130 W 30th Street 


Tomorrow's Chesed Steering Committee Meeting will be held at CBST's New Home! No one should feel alone. CBST is here for you whether you live alone, or have plenty of support. Chesed is about the smallest efforts - having someone call to say hello, sending a card, or coming to read the newspaper to a homebound person. This is holy work. Whether you are able to help or are in need, please let us know so we can work together to create a Kehillah Kedoshah , a holy community. Email for more information.


lgbtqparentingTopics in LGBTQ Jewish Parenting

Saturday, November 10th, 1:30pm

CBST, 57 Bethune Street (We'll send out an update if the location changes)


An ongoing supportive, educational and humor-filled discussion for parents and other grownups. Topics include talking about God, and answering questions like "where did I come from?" Led by Rabbi Weiss. Childcare provided.


911 memorial with roses 911 Memorial Visit hosted by the Mishpachah (CBST's 55+ group)

Sunday, November 11th, 10:45am

World Trade Center, southwest corner of Thames and Trinity 


Pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and at the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993. Our own CBST member Bruce Pachter, who is a volunteer at the 911 Memorial, will walk you through. The CBST Misphachah invites all of CBST to join them at this truly unique exhibit. Cost: Free.  

RSVP to by November 9th.


Jewish LGBTQS Families Book Fair and Gender Fabulous Story Time   
Sunday, November 11th, 2-4pm

CBST, 57 Bethune Street (We'll send out an update if the location changes) 


Join us for CBST's inaugural book fair, created to meet the demand so many of our families have expressed to find more diverse family reading. Discover exciting new voices in children's books for all genders and families, with a Jewish perspective. Hear authors, including Cory Silverberg, author of What Makes a Baby, and S. Bear Bergman, read from their works and purchase signed copies. Books will be available for sale, and there will be plenty of opportunity for socializing and mingling. Cost: Free.


New Member Shmooze

Next Tuesday, November 13th, 6pm

CBST's New Home, 130 W 30th Street


Have you joined CBST in the last year? Been a member longer than that but still feel like you'd like to get more immersed in the CBST community? Than join us for our New Members Shmooze! This event being hosted by our Membership Committee is a perfect opportunity for new members to meet and shmooze with members of our board, members of our staff, Rabbi Kleinbaum and each other! Some light food will be served as well. It's a perfect fit for our newest members to congregate in the space that will soon be our new home.

Please RSVP to Evan Davidoff at


Teen Talk with Rabbi Weiss  
Friday, November 16th, 5:30pm

Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave at W 28th Street 


Teens only! Ask the rabbi anything you've been curious about Judaism, but were afraid to ask. Preparing for b'nai mitzvah and beyond, this informal group is a fun way to begin Shabbat together. This ongoing monthly teen group is for CBST members 5th grade and older , and is led by Rabbi Rachel Weiss.


Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) Shabbat  
Friday, November 16th, 7pm

Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave at W 28th Street 


In observing Transgender Day of Remembrance we remember and recognize transgender people all over the world who have died as victims of transphobic violence. During this Shabbat service we pray, reflect, learn, and commit ourselves to repairing our broken world so that it becomes safe for people of all gender expressions and identities.


Shmooze following TDOR Shabbat hosted by the Transgender Empowerment Committee  
Friday, November 16th, after services

Chelsea Sanctuary, 296 9th Ave at W 28th Street 


Join us for a shmooze led by the Trans Empowerment Committee after the Trans Day of Remembrance Main Kabbalat Shabbat service to remember those we have lost and to discuss selected readings by trans authors, such as Kate Bornstein and Joy Ladin, who are blazing the trail in educating the world on trans issues.


Aging with CBST

Saturday, November 24th, 1:30-2:30pm

CBST, 57 Bethune Street 


An ongoing discussion of elderhood in the CBST, LGBT, and wider community. Topics are participant-driven, and have included the body, language and self-identification, legacy, wellness, and grief. Led by CRRI Margot Meitner.


CBST In the News

  • CBST's High Holy Day services are in the New York Times! Read more here.
  • "An End to the Schlep as CBST Builds Temple in Midtown Manhattan": CBST's Capital Campaign is featured in EDGE. Full article here.
  • Rabbi Kleinbaum was interviewed at the Democratic National Convention for an article in Tablet Magazine. Read the article here.
  • Rabbi Kleinbaum is mentioned in an article on The Daily Beast about the Democratic National Convention. Check it out here!
  • Rabbi Kleinbaum was featured on! Watch the video here.

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