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Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within ‎Judaism. Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, ‎queer and straight individuals and families who share common values. Passionate, provocative, and ‎deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice ‎wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people.‎

 

CBST is unaffilated with any single movement within Judaism, engaged constantly in holding a variety of rich traditions, ideas, and backgrounds.

We are…

… a house of prayer, offering both traditional and liberal services and lifecycle events.‎
…a house of learning, continually expanding our knowledge and deepening our understanding of ‎our religious and cultural heritage.‎
…a house of refuge and healing, offering community support and pastoral care.‎
…a house of conscience, fighting for the full equality of LGBTQ people locally, nationally and ‎internationally.‎
…committed to Israel and engaged in supporting efforts to secure peace, justice and equality for ‎all.‎
 

Since 1973, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) has been a home and haven for LGBTQ Jews and ‎our allies in and around New York City. ‎

 

For an in-depth understanding, we offer our 40th anniversary book, "Changing Lives, Making ‎History: CBST - The First Forty Years" written by Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen with Foreword by Rabbi ‎Sharon Kleinbaum. “Changing Lives, Making History,” is a 320-page lavishly illustrated full color ‎hard cover volume.

Support the CBST Historic Archives or order Changing Lives, Making History, Click here!