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With great pride and excitement Congregation Beit Simchat Torah introduces our magnificent 40th Anniversary Book
Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah—the First Forty Years
The book will be available on September 23, 2014! To learn more about the book and pre-order a copy, visit our CBST Book webpage !
Many CBST members enjoyed a sneak preview of our fabulous book, Changing Lives, Making History: CBST, the First Forty Years! Check out videos here, and get excited for the book release on September 23rd!
Book Preview Event - Part 1
Book Preview Event - Part 2
CBST's New President Nathan Goldstein's Installation Speech: Striking the Right Balance for the Future
At CBST's Board Installation Shabbat, on March 28, 2014, CBST welcomed our new President, Nathan Goldstein, to the bimah. Here's what he had to say.
Last month, construction officially began on our New Home at West 30th Street! We created a video to commemorate this momentous occasion and debuted it during the schmooze after Friday night services last week to enormous success. Now we're eager to share it with you. It might have been a little late for a submission to the Academy Awards, but we're sure it would have been a contender! Enjoy!
Friday, February 7, 2014
It is traditional at CBST for the board president to give the drash on CBST’s anniversary, and it is my privilege to speak tonight. I have been a member of this congregation for 22 years, have served on CBST’s board, on and off, for the last 12 years, and am nearing the end of my term as president, so this talk has special resonance for me.
January 31, 2014
Last week our construction team took control of 30th Street, set up a field office & marked the walls that will be demolished. They brought in electricians and plumbers to cut the power & water service to our space so the hammers can fly. A few of us met at the site (photo to the right) because we had to see it to believe it. On Thursday, January 30th 2014 the real demolition began.
Visitors to CBST's Friday Night services may notice some new colors in Chelsea. In an evening highlighted with poetry and music promoting acceptance and inclusion, CBST installed the Transgender flag on the bimah on Nov. 15th, joining the Rainbow, American and Israeli flags that frame the front of the sanctuary during services.
The flag's symbolism and color scheme were described in lovely remarks by CBST member Kathryn Fotunato, whose moving drash can be read below.
Other speakers at the Transgender Day of Remembrance service included Dr. Jillian Weiss, Rafaela Shira Anshel, and Jase Schwarz, who followed up with a schmooze about community, activism and the challenges still ahead.
This August marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, famously led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and organized by Bayard Rustin. CBST invites you to join us in Washington D.C. as we participate in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington on Saturday/Shabbat, August 24th.
"The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone."