World AIDS Day Shabbat
Nov 30, 2012 - 7:00 pm
296 9th Ave at W 28th St
7:00pm Main Kabbalat Shabbat Service (Chelsea)
World AIDS Day is not an abstract, amorphous anonymous day of commemoration for our community. In our congregational history more than a quarter of the male membership of CBST has died of AIDS. For many of us, AIDS touches every day and every event. We have lost lovers. We have lost friends. We are bereft. Many of us are sick. Many of us are facing death. Many of us are touched by the loss. This moving Shabbat service is in their memory. Zichronam Livracha – may their memories be for a blessing.
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.