It felt so right from the moment I entered Town Hall. I had just moved back from Los Angeles to become my mothers’ caretaker, and I wanted to observe the High Holy Days.
I remember very clearly how CBST was there for me when I was going through
three very horrific life-changing experiences. I also remember the comfort of seeing so many people from CBST, people I barely knew, who all came to be there for me at my mother’s funeral.
So the very first opportunity I had to volunteer and give back a little something, I stepped up — stuffing a lot of envelopes. The first day at Bethune St., I met two amazing people with whom I’m still very close. It is these new friends along with many other friends I have made at shul, who I have come to consider my extended family.
CBST is my spiritual home, but really has become so much more. It is a place I come to do work for my shul community, for the greater LGBT community, and have the good fortune to do so surrounded by my friends, my extended family.
A year ago, when CBST found a new building, I knew that this was an historic moment, and I had to find a way to be a part of making history with CBST. I needed to know that in some little way I helped contribute to building the new home of this magnificent organization.
I could not see myself being a gay Jew and not being at CBST, and I want to be part of the legacy that is CBST.