Connie and Ruthie Scholar-In-Residence Shabbat: Michael Adams
Mar 15, 2013 - 7:00 pm
296 9th Ave at W 28th St
This year, Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE, will be CBST's Scholar In Residence. Join us at Shabbat Services on Friday, March 15th. Michael will be our guest speaker, followed by a shmooze after services.
Michael Adams is the Executive Director of SAGE – Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders. SAGE is the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to transforming the LGBT aging experience. In partnership with SAGE affiliates countrywide, SAGE serves countless LGBT older people nationally via technical assistance, trainings and services as well as advocacy at every level of government. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services selected SAGE to establish and run the country's first and only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
Prior to joining SAGE, Michael was the Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal. Prior to that, Michael spent a decade leading cutting-edge litigation that established new rights for LGBT people, first as Associate Director of the ACLU's Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, and then as Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal.
A graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College, Michael has authored numerous publications on an array of LGBT issues. He has taught law school courses on sexual orientation and gender identity and has served on advisory councils for AARP, the American Society on Aging, and the New York City Department for the Aging among others. Michael has discussed and debated LGBT issues on hundreds of media programs, including Larry King Live, The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has twice been named one of the "100 most influential gay men and lesbians" by Out Magazine.
7:00pm Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chelsea)
The core of CBST's religious life is our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service.
Service leadership at the Chelsea location is shared among congregants, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Rabbi Rachel Weiss, our Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns, and our Cantorial student. Joyce Rosenzweig, our music director and pianist, and the CBST Community Chorus participate in the service on a regular basis. Led using CBST's own prayer book, this warm service incorporates Hebrew prayers, English readings, and both traditional and modern songs. A drash is delivered every week by one of the Rabbis, an intern, a member of the congregation, or on occasion, by a special guest. The kiddush that follows each service provides an opportunity to meet new people and connect with old friends.