Holidays at CBST
Holidays offer a special time for celebration and connecting as a community at CBST.
The annual High Holiday services at CBST are unique in both size and scope. Through our Open Door fund — created in response to the historic exclusion of gays and lesbians from participating openly in most Jewish communities — CBST provides access to these traditionally costly but important services for free. As a result, thousands celebrate the High Holidays with CBST at Town Hall and the Javits Center in Manhattan.
We hope you'll make CBST your home for the holidays! Join our community as we sing, pray, and reflect on our lives. We wish you a year of sweetness and goodness, a shanah tovah u'metukah from our CBST family to yours.
CBST's High Holy Day services attract thousands. Through our Open Door fund, created in response to the historic exclusion of gays and lesbians from participating openly in most Jewish communities, CBST dispenses with the standard admission fees required to attend these important services. As a result, thousands, including some of the most notable New Yorkers, celebrate the High Holy Days with CBST at our various venues. Many of our members first came to CBST through the Open Door.
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CBST gratefully acknowledges the accommodations provided our Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern for Rosh Hashanah by THE OUT NYC , New York’s “gay, urban resort” which is very conveniently located for walking to Jacob Javits Center.
There is much to look forward to this Chanukah! During Chanukah, we light candles together for all 8 days as a community. This year we have a number of great events coming up, and there will be different ways to participate in the festivities!
Celebrate Pride with CBST! Come hear Senator Charles Schumer speak at Family and Friends Shabbat on June 14th, NY County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr will speak at Shabbat Services on June 21st, Roberta Kaplan and Edie Windsor speak at Pride Shabbat on June 28th, and Rabbi Kleinbaum's deliver her annual Pride Drash on June 7th. March with CBST at the Heritage of Pride March, and join CBST families for our Pride and End of Year Multi-Generational Picnic.