At CBST, we believe it is important to foster a sense of camaraderie and community, and there are many opportunities for you to form social ties with fellow members.
Fun, social and cultural events focusing on people aged 20 to 39 (give or take.) The CBST 20s/30s group partakes in monthly dinners and happy-hours all over town. All genders welcome. Join the 20s/30s group on a theatre or museum outing, apple picking or for latkes and beer. Our 20s/30s programming is for couples and singles. Co-Chairs are Brian Blitzer and Wylie Tene. CBST membership is not required; join us for fun!
The Mishpachah is a CBST social/cultural group. Its diverse, mainly informal, activities generally attract men and women over age 50, but younger people and younger friends do participate and are always welcome. We are truly intergenerational.
Welcome! CBST is a place where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight Jews can participate in Jewish life in ways that affirm all of our identities. Limmud Mishpachah, our programs for families with children, reflects this community, enabling our children to understand the diversity of the Jewish world and to find their home in it.
CBST is a home for people of all gender identities and expressions. From our liturgy to our bathrooms to our rituals and social justice work, we are actively engaged in affirming the lives of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
People come to CBST’s Lehrhaus to learn, but even more significantly, they come to connect with others. At CBST we can ask the questions that challenge us, trouble us, and inspire us, and in doing so create an intimate community of learners within the larger CBST community. We can study Judaism on our own terms, claim its sacred texts as our own, and take our own place among the countless generations of Jewish learners. Here we honor our own life experiences and include them in the ongoing narrative of Jewish life.
CBST community members are particularly committed to furthering social justice and equality for all people. We take public action and lend our names and voices to a variety of social and humanitarian causes.
No one should feel alone. CBST is here for you whether you live alone, or have plenty of support. Chesed is about the smallest efforts — having someone call to say hello, sending a card, or coming to read the newspaper to a homebound person. This is holy work. Whether you are able to help or are in need please let us know so we can work together to create a Kehillah Kedoshah, a holy community.
Visit the Strength Through Community Website.
We have experienced the power of community. Now we can share that with those in need around the country and the world. The Strength Through Community project is CBST's response to the needs of those in crisis in the LGBTQ community around the world, through the extension of an invitation to our community and communities like our around the world, and the sharing of resources and best practices with leaders of progressive communities.