Featured Events
CBST invites you to a delightful winter's evening of enchanted entertainment as Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley present "Broadway at CBST" on Stars in the House, a live broadcast benefitting music, art, culture, and CBST! This online version of our winter benefit gala will be a funny, touching, and an entertaining cabaret show with song, storytelling, and conversation.

Tuesday, December 15, 8:00pm-9:00pm ET


See you there for a great night supporting everything we do at CBST!
Events This Week
Please arrive 10 minutes early. All classes and programs will be locked at their start time.
Friday, December 4
🟢 Special JCC Program
The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Film showings today start at 3:00pm
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 Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal for a short 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 World AIDS Day Shabbat
6:30pm
Join us as we celebrate the lives of those we have lost and our current work to fight HIV/AIDS.
🟢 Special Upcoming Shabbat
Next Friday, December 11:
Kabbalat Shabbat Chanukah Services
6:30pm
Light your menorah with us for Chanukah 5781!

Saturday, December 5
Yoga Meditation Shabbat Morning Service with Rabbi Rapport
9:30am

Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 851 2629 4441
The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Film shorts showings today start at 12:00pm
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 6
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am
🟢 Special Aleinu Program at CBST
"Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House"
Screening and Talkback
2:00pm
Aleinu is honored to screen this love story that led to a breakthrough lawsuit for LGBT domestic partnership benefits. Screening followed by a talkback with beloved CBST member Ruthie Berman. Open to all.
The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Monday, December 7
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

The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Class on Arabic at 2:00pm; film showings start at 5:00pm

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

🟢 Special Date for Ongoing Program
Today's Israeli Poets as Change Agents
6:00-7:15 pm
Tuesday, December 8
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

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 

The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Feature film showings start at 3:00pm
Living Successfully with HIV & AIDS—A Supportive Gathering
6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, December 9
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
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

The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Feature film showing is at 6:00pm
Thursday, December 10
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

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 
🟢 Chanukah Day One!
Candle Lighting with Rabbi Kleinbaum
and Rabbi Marisa James
5:45pm 
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
The Other Israel Film Festival, Co-Sponsored by CBST
December 4-10
Closing night comments at 5:00pm, feature film showing at 6:00pm

Today's Israeli Poets as Change Agents
6:00-7:15 pm

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm
Photo of the Week 📸
CBST members Aari Ludvigsen (end left) and Barbara Gaines (end right) celebrate Thanksgiving with their family, with help from some fierce Pilgrim fashion.

Email your CBST-related photos to us at communications@cbst.org!
Giving
We are so grateful to those who have already given to CBST on Giving Tuesday/World AIDS day. Your support has empowered CBST to serve in the AIDS crisis from the start.

In 1982, we organized an education series when there was almost no public HIV/AIDS education. Our members helped found Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Lambda Legal Defense Fund. In 1986, we established Chevra Bikkur Cholim to help get services and help for the sick, including a free meal night for those who were ill and in need. We stood proud as family of choice for those who had been left to cope alone.

Our program offerings for the AIDS/HIV community continue to this day. We are always here for you.

Please DONATE HERE to help us continue our work. Thank you.
Community Announcement
What Matters Workshop
Saturday, December 12 at 12:00pm
Register for a presentation and workshop led by CBST What Matters facilitators Judy Ribnick and Lise Brown. Limited to 20 registrants. Free of charge.
CBST Members Town Hall
Topic: What Matters & Advance Care Planning
Monday, December 21 at 6:00pm
Join Judy Ribnick, LCSW, MA, Consulting Director of Aging Initiatives and Kenneth Karpel, Co-Chair of CBST's Task Force on Aging to learn how to prepare for good later-in-life years.
In Case You Missed It
Shabbat Veyeitzei
and Celebrating Ann Targownik
Rabbi Kleinbaum: "There is holiness everywhere. It's not an issue of 'Where is God?' The question is: Are we able to be aware of holiness that exists wherever we are, even in dark or difficult places?"

This week we also offer a special thank you and send-off for CBST's outgoing Director of Development, Ann Targownik, including remarks from Ann herself.

“Teach Me, O God” by Gershon Kinglsey (1922-2019) 
Gershon Kingsley’s setting of Psalm 86:11-13 is both a powerful statement of gratitude and a tender prayer asking God to direct our steps towards God’s truth. Chosen during Thanksgiving week, we offer this setting to give thanks for the many blessings in our lives, as well as to honor our beloved Director of Development, Ann Targownik, upon her retirement after seven glorious years as CBST’s Director of Development.