The New York Times published an article on the design for CBST’s new home, “Designing a Synagogue for a Gay Congregation, With Acoustics in Mind.” Check out an excerpt of the article below: “Radical traditionalism” is the phrase used by Sharon Kleinbaum, the senior rabbi, to describe the philosophical arc of the 1,100-member congregation. Fine [...]
With the London Summer Olympics just around the corner, people are starting to talk about gold medals, but at CBST, the gold on our minds has more to do with our new home’s progressive design. That’s because our congregation is aiming to soon become one of a just a few synagogues and other houses of [...]
Architecture Research Office (ARO), the award-winning architectural team working on CBST’s new home, presented their latest design efforts to the community with updated plans and renderings, as we get ready for the next phase of the project. About 120 members gathered at the March 2nd session after services in Chelsea to hear about the designs [...]
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CBST inspires and challenges me to work toward building a more just world through the strength of our community.Jeremy Schwartz
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism. Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values. Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people.