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The LGBTQ Synagogue / Spirituality

Spirituality

CBST’s services are open to all members, guests, and non-members. The services are completely egalitarian. The first Friday evening of every month is especially tailored for newcomers to our synagogue.

Building upon the ritual, liturgical, and theological heritage of Judaism, CBST provides a spiritual home for Jews and non-Jews, gays and straights alike. As an incubator of progressive religious thought, CBST’s public voice is crucial at a time when the dominant role of organized religion in the US is often to limit, impede, and even stifle informed dialogue on sexuality and its interplay with religion. The synagogue’s boundaries and impact extend well beyond the tri-state area, where it draws the majority of its more than 1000 members.

Upon Being Called to the Torah...

Do you feel nervous when given the honor of being called up to the Torah for an aliyah? To help, CBST's Assistant Rabbi Rachel Weiss has recorded the Torah Blessings so that you can learn and practice in advance of your honor.

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Our regularly scheduled morning and evening Shabbat services reflect the diversity of Jewish religious observance that helps make CBST a unique resource in New York City’s Jewish life.

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Service Leaders

Services are led by our Rabbis, our Cantor, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns, and by qualified members of the congregation.

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Kiddush

Kiddush is the blessing over wine that sanctifies Shabbat. It also refers to the refreshment that follows CBST services, is a way of marking a special event or simcha , separating it from an everyday moment.

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CBST offers a full range of traditional and non-traditional life cycle events, with rabbinical as well as community support.

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Yahrtzeit/Refuah Shlemah Listing

As a community, we memorialize yahrtzeits, anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones. We also pray for refuah shlemah, that healing come to those who are ill. We announce the names of those who are in our hearts at these times at every Friday night service.

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The CBST Prayer Book

For the synagogue’s central service on Friday nights, CBST uses its own prayer book, or siddur , which was revised in 2008. The new siddur, B'chol L'vav'cha, was compiled to reflect the needs of our community and is designed to be used for a variety of occasions.

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Music at CBST

Music is an important element in our services, highlighting the beauty, drama, and profound nature of our worship.

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Service Customs

The customs or minhagim  of CBST are guidelines we follow to show respect for one another at services.

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Holidays offer a special time for celebration and connecting as a community at CBST.

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