Featured Events
Mondays, December 28, January 4 & 11
6:00-7:00pm

Did you know the idea that there is more than just male and female has existed in Judaism from at least the time of the Mishnah (200 CE)? Come learn about the six genders in Judaism, and what our tradition can teach us about gender diversity and inclusion of people who don't fit into the gender binary.

Ze'evi Berman (they/them or ze/zem/zer), CBST’s Guest Cantorial Student, and Ariel Zitny (he/they), Director of the 2021 Trans Jews are Here Convening, lead this three-session Lehrhaus course. Registration includes all three dates. Registrants will receive the Zoom link by 12:00pm the day of class meetings.

Lunch & Learn: Religious Freedom & Pluralism in Israel
📷: Hadas Parush/Flash 90
Wednesday, December 23 at 12:00pm

The CBST Middle East & Me team and the New Israel Fund invite you to a discussion with Brit Yakobi, the New Israel Fund's Director of Religious Freedom, to learn about the struggle for religious freedom and pluralism in Israel today, and how organizations across the religious spectrum are fighting for change. 

Events This Week
Please arrive 10 minutes early. All classes and programs will be locked at their start time.
Friday, December 18
Mussar Meditations Series 
8:30-8:45am
Rabbi Moskowitz teaches Path of the Just by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, also known as the Ramchal. These 15-minute sessions meet every day except Shabbat. 

Connecting in Community
with Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal
3:00-4:00pm
Join us for text study and discussion in small groups, as we transition into Shabbat.
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 256 347 787
Need tech help during a service? 
Text 646-450-3556

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Board Installation Shabbat
6:30pm

Chanukah Game Night
After Shabbat Services at 9:30pm 
We had so much fun on Thanksgiving that we thought we'd do it again for Chanukah! Join us after Shabbat Services to play Jackbox Games and Zoom versions of some of your house party favorites like Scattergories. All you need is your computer and a second screen like a phone or tablet. Sponsored by Aleinu, open to all.

Saturday, December 19
Traditional Egalitarian Minyan Shabbat Morning Services
9:30am

Dial-in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 820 3426 2847
Limmud b’Shabbat (Grades K-7)
10:00-11:30am

Alef-Bet Shabbat (Ages 0-5)
11:45am-12:30pm
Drop-in and free of charge.

Teen Track: Jewish Resistance (Grades 8-12)
1:00-2:00pm
Havdalah
Service begins at 7:00pm
Post-service program begins at 7:30pm
Dial-in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 654 880 356
Sunday, December 20
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am
Monday, December 21
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am
Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum
10:00-10:45am
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 513 468 144
Write to Jesse Katz jkatz@cbst.org to join the Psalms Study mailing list.

Pirkei Avot Study
2:30-2:55pm
Rabbi Moskowitz leads a study of this foundational text of Jewish ethical teaching.
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 816 7863 2962

Talmud Study 
3:00-3:45pm 
Registration is currently closed. Write to jkatz@cbst.org to join a wait list.

Mishpachah Monday! Online Dinner 
5:00-6:00pm
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 513 521 023
CBST Members' Town Hall
Topic: Let's Get it Done—Seven Important Documents to Complete and Decisions to Make for Your Peace of Mind!
6:00-7:00pm

Rabbi Kleinbaum will be in conversation with Judy Ribnick, CBST's Consulting Director of Aging Initiatives, Kenneth Karpel, CBST Board Member, and Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal about seven documents and decisions that help ensure that your health care wishes are known; that you've planned for your estate and dependents; and that you've communicated your wishes regarding burial, including Jewish customs.

We're here to support you in taking these steps.

The Members' Town Hall is available via Zoom for CBST members only. Any questions? Email membership@cbst.org or you may renew/join CBST online.

Members will receive a separate email invitation to register; Zoom information will be sent on the day of the Town Hall.

Tuesday, December 22
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum
10:00-10:45am
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 513 468 144
Powered by Courage, Co-Sponsored by CBST
This session—Fighting for Peace: Nonviolent Leadership as a Way of Life
1:00-2:00pm 
Pirkei Avot Study
2:30-2:55pm
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 816 7863 2962

Talmud Study 
3:00-3:45pm 
Living Successfully with HIV & AIDS—A Supportive Discussion Group
6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 23
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum
10:00-10:45am
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 513 468 144
Lunch & Learn: Religious Freedom & Pluralism in Israel
12:00pm

Pirkei Avot Study
2:30-2:55pm
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 816 7863 2962

Talmud Study 
3:00-3:45pm 

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm
Thursday, December 24
Mussar Meditations Series 
8:30-8:45am

Not meeting today: Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum

RESISTANCE: Calls & Cards meets Democracy Action Team
12:30-1:15pm
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923 
Meeting ID: 874 4181 8544

Pirkei Avot Study 
2:30-2:55pm
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 816 7863 2962

Talmud Study 
3:00-3:45pm 

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm
Photo of the Week 📸
CBST members Lisa Kartzman and Janet Pavloff join us to celebrate Shabbat Chanukah.

Email your CBST-related photos to us at communications@cbst.org!
Giving
With new tax rules for 2020, your gift to CBST could mean a deduction. Your membership, High Holy day gift, additional gift, or planned giving interest is critical to keeping us Joyful, Spiritual, Proud. Make your end-of-year gift this month. Thank you for all you do for CBST!
 
Please DONATE HERE. Thank you!


In Case You Missed It
Benedetto Marcello's "Ma'oz Tzur"
Debbie Friedman's Setting of "Oseh Shalom"
In honor of Chanukah, CBST is proud to present our latest video by the CBST Chorus, Benedetto Marcello's Ma'oz Tzur, leading into Debbie Friedman's setting of Oseh Shalom.

Marcello (1686-1739) was an Italian aristocratic politician and composer of church music, who drew upon Jewish sacred music for inspiration both in his magnum opus, "Estro poetico armonico" (a setting of the first fifty Psalms for voices and instruments), as well as in his settings of many Hebrew melodies he believed were sung at the ancient Temple in Jerusalem.

This gorgeous setting of Ma'oz Tzur is still sung today by Italian Jews, as well as at Chanukah celebrations throughout the world.

May this be a season of light and peace for all of us!

Shabbat Chanukah
Rabbi Kleinbaum: "Each of us is one small light, but together we make a mighty light. Let's keep standing up and being brave for the things we believe in, but do it with humility. Do it with love, do it with light.

Let us make sure in these days and weeks ahead of us, we continue insisting on a world that is full of justice and love and lots and lots of light. Let us continue being the reason that another human being believes in the goodness of humanity. Light that light.

Be full of joy, because joy is an act of spiritual and political resistance. Reach out to others who need your light a little bit to light theirs. And let's continue to be a people who believe that, no matter what, the light will continue forever."

Light Is Returning and
Banu Choshech L’gareish (arr. Joyce Rosenzweig)
Charlie Murphy, who composed “Light is Returning,” was a pioneering gay singer-songwriter in a time when few were out. His words remind us that even though this is the darkest time of the year, the light of hope can stay ever alive within us, if we allow it in.

The well-known Israeli Chanukah song,“Banu Choshech L’gareish” teaches that the power of what we can achieve if we all work together is so much greater than what is possible for any one individual. As we experience the shortest days of the year, we are confident that the light is sure to return!