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Campaign for a New Home

Construction Update!

In February 1977, CBST moved into a loft on Bethune Street. For the past thirty-seven years, we've made the loft our spiritual home. But as our community continued to grow, the space couldn't accommodate our growing needs. We've been actively searching for a new home for more than a decade, and we've finally found a beautiful space that meets our needs.

On March 30, 2011, CBST members voted to approve the purchase of a new home at 130 West 30th Street; on July 18, 2013, CBST's Board of Directors voted unanimously to proceed with construction; and on February 5, 2014, ground was officially and ritually broken on our New Home.

Now, in 2014, demolition is proceeding swiftly. The upper and lower levels are almost completely opened up and the concrete on the existing mezzanine has been removed. So far, no unwelcome surprises. Our structural engineer is meeting with the site team to strategize the removal of the steel structure of the mezzanine. The last big piece of demolition will be the back wall of the future sanctuary. We are hoping to get some video footage of that to share.

The sanctuary seating designs have been fine tuned and forwarded to the furniture maker for construction of a prototype we can test for comfort. Our sanctuary seating will be completely custom for our space. The pews will appear substantial and permanent, but can be easily lifted by two people, stacked on carts and rolled into storage so that we can use the sanctuary for dinners and dances. The English designer, Luke Hughes Pews (not kidding) has designed removable seating for spaces small and enormous in British libraries, theaters, schools, churches and universities. We are their first synagogue and largest American project. The seating will be manufactured in upstate New York. -  Aari Ludvigsen

Interested in supporting CBST’s Capital Campaign?
*  It’s not too late for your name to be included on the Builders’ Wall – all donors who make contributions of $1,800 before the building opens will be listed in the entry foyer.
*  Shared recognition for donors above the $18,000, $36,000, and $50,000 levels is available at three locations within our New Home.
*  If you’re interested in naming a space or ritual object within the synagogue, opportunities are still open at support levels beginning at $100,000.
*  All donations of any size will be memorialized in a book permanently located in our New Home.

If you would like more information or are interested in giving to the Capital Campaign, please contact Bruce Anderson (ext. 25) or Nick Hanzel (ext. 14) at 212-929-9498 or e-mail .

Alternatively, you can make a gift right now:

By Multi-Year Pledge:
Pledges can be made over multiple years (up to five) and can be paid by credit card, check, or money or stock transfer. Please call us to discuss, or head over to our online pledge form .

By Check:
Please make checks out to Congregation Beit Simchat Torah with "Capital Campaign" in the memo. Please send checks to:
Campaign for A Home of Our Own
57 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014 

By Credit Card:
You may make a contribution to the Campaign for A Home of Our Own at any time using our secure credit card form . You may choose to make a one time gift, or repeating gifts over a one year term. Please note that gifts made by credit card cost CBST approximately 3.5% to process.

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