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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."
March 3, 2013 – Hundreds of members, family and friends gathered at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for CBST’s 18th Shabbat Shirah concert, this year honoring composer, conductor and CBST Board member Jonathan Sheffer. The program, “Jonathan Sheffer & Friends,” presented music written by Sheffer and such notables as Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Performers included numerous musical friends and the CBST Community Chorus, led by Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig.