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Holidays at CBST

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

Holidays 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.

Click the following links to: 

* Make a Donation to the High Holy Day Appeal
* Make a Donation to the Open Door Fund
* Make a Donation to the Yizkor Appeal
* Make a Yizkor Book Entry Payment  
* Make a Bookplate Entry Payment

If you are making a new entry or updating your previous Yizkor Book or Bookplate entry, please contact Ann Targonik at 212.929.9498 ext. 31 or .

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.

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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!

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We are approaching Pride month with much excitement.  It is CBST's "other" High Holy Day season!  The June list of special guests continues with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who will be our Family and Friends Speaker (June 20), and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will be our Pride speaker (June 27).  And of course, there will be fabulous music by our very own Larry Kay, Re'ut Ben Ze'ev, Judy Ribnick, Joyce Rosenzweig and the CBST Chorus.   We will be holding Pride services at the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union!

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Holiday Services

Chanukah '07

CBST is renowned for its uplifting holiday celebrations, in which everyone is welcome to participate.

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