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Social Justice

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.

Every day that CBST opens its doors, it acts for social change. When CBST held its first service in February 1973, no Jewish organization, synagogue, or institution supported equality for gay people.  

CBST serves as a symbol for marginalized people everywhere seeking to transform traditional religious communities. The synagogue is actively engaged in advocacy, reaching out to people of all faiths and nationalities to promote equality and human rights.

As the debate over the intersection of religion and sexuality escalates, CBST provides a much-needed progressive and Jewish voice to counter the religious right. The synagogue is committed to advancing human rights locally, nationally, and throughout the world, including the State of Israel.

Social Justice Blog

Regular updates on different social justice events and topics both in CBST and beyond, including Koleinu, our Congregation Based Community Organizing initiative, as well as our exciting work in building a Jewish LGBTQ movement.

Join Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in building a Shelter of Peace!

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CBST is committed to many different issues. Check out the issues we care about, and what we're doing to make a difference.

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Learn about some of our past social justice projects.

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Organizations that CBST actively supports as a community.

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Pastoral Care Series

The Topics in LGBTQ Pastoral Care Series is being presented by Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. Sessions are free and open to clergy, students, and faculty from all seminaries and movements of Judaism who are interested in learning more about LGBTQ pastoral care.

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