Make for me a holy place, so that my presence may dwell among you.
CBST’s new home will be located inside a commercial condominium that constitutes the entire ground floor, mezzanine and lower level of a 20-story landmarked building at 130 West 30th Street, conveniently located between 6th and 7th Avenues. The building was designed by preeminent American architect Cass Gilbert, who also designed the Woolworth Building in New York City and the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. Our new home, in a 15,000-square-foot space, will feature an open lobby and a spacious sanctuary with high ceilings. The mezzanine will house offices and conference rooms for our clergy and administrative staff. The lower level, which has 12-foot ceilings and several skylights, will accommodate classrooms and multi-functional spaces for social and educational gatherings.
In our new home, we will finally have ample space for a sanctuary that can accommodate our vibrant weekly Shabbat services and all of our programs for adults and children, plus much-needed space for staff and volunteers. The new location will also provide an enduring home for lifecycle events, offering a gracious setting to celebrate life’s special occasions and share life’s sorrows.
A permanent home will further strengthen the bonds of community and the sense of belonging to something that is bigger than oneself, a beloved community that touches the hearts of everyone who walks through its open doors. It will offer the physical and psychic room to grow as a refuge, as a center for social justice, as a place for celebration, for artistic expression, and so much more—a new home that we will define and create together—a home to cherish.