Featured Events
Senior Sermon by Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal
Thursday, November 12 at 2:20pm
The CBST community is lovingly and joyously invited to the Senior Sermon delivered by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal. We are so grateful to Deborah for her sterling service to CBST. Among her many accomplishments, Deborah was the creator and is the current leader of our weekly Connecting in Community program, which has been vital for so many. Deborah is in her final year of studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and will be ordained and join the rabbinate this spring.

Her senior sermon will start with a short mincha service (afternoon prayer) led by Rabbi Shoshi Goldberg, and the program will conclude at 2:45pm.

To attend online, go to: columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/8327815061

Photo/Design: Karen Benezra
🟢 New Series Starts This Week
Today's Israeli Poets as Change Agents
Thursdays, Nov 12 & 19; Dec 3, 7 (Monday) & 10
6:00-7:15 pm
Explore how contemporary Hebrew poetry that is feminist, Mizrachi, LGBTQ, and Palestinian Israeli opens conversations about the self and society. Taught by long-standing CBST Member Rabbi Reuven Greenvald.
Rabbi Moskowitz Honored by Keshet
Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00pm
CBST is pleased to announce that our own Rabbi Mike Moskowitz has been selected to be honored with Keshet's Landres Courage for Dignity Award for his work at CBST for "public courage as an ally in the cause of advancing and assuring the inclusion of LGBTQ people." 

Rabbi Moskowitz will accept the award at the Gala. Honorary chairs are Rabbi Kleinbaum and Rebbetzin Randi Weingarten. To learn more, visit Keshet's website >>
Events This Week
The deadline for registration for Hebrew classes is today.

New policy: All classes and programs will be locked at their start time. Please arrive 10 minutes early. If you arrive after the start time, and are not admitted you can catch up via our recordings archive. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible experience for program participants and leaders.
Friday, November 6
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
In these challenging times, we show up for each other with an open heart and loving presence. Join Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Fellow Deborah Megdal for a short text study and discussion in small groups, as we transition into Shabbat. Newcomers and “drop-ins” always welcome! No registration required.

Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 256 347 787
Need tech help during a service? 
Text 646-450-3556
Saturday, November 7
Havdalah
Service begins at 8:00pm
Post-service program begins at 8:30pm
Dial-in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 654 880 356
Sunday, November 8
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Aleinu Physically Distant Central Park Walk
1:00pm
Join us for a fall foliage walk in Central Park while the weather is still nice! To keep numbers down for our first in-person event, this walk is open to those in their 20s/30s and their partners.
Monday, November 9
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Bet (Part II)—Hebrew Class
9:00-9:50am
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

Alef Beginners (M&W) Hebrew Class
2:00-3:00pm

Pirkei Avot Study
2:30-2:55pm
Rabbi Moskowitz continues the study of Pirkei Avot, the foundational text of Jewish ethical teaching.

Talmud Study
3:00-3:45pm 
This Talmud Study group meets regularly to study with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz.
Registration is currently closed. If you are interested in joining a wait list for the next class in Talmud to open please write to jkatz@cbst.org. Some Hebrew language background is helpful, but not required. 

Mishpachah Monday! Online Dinner 
5:00-6:00pm
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 513 521 023
Tuesday, November 10
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Alef (Part II)—Hebrew Class
9:00-9:50am

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

Talmud Study
3:00-3:45pm 

Alef Beginners—Hebrew Class
6:00-7:00pm

Living Successfully with HIV & AIDS—A Supportive Gathering
6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, November 11
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Bet (Part II)—Hebrew Class
9:00-9:50am

Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum
10:00-10:45am
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 513 468 144

Alef Beginners (M&W) Hebrew Class
2:00-3:00pm

Pirkei Avot Study
2:30-2:55pm

Talmud Study
3:00-3:45pm 

Lashon Kodesh: The Language of Prayer
6:00-7:00pm

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm
Thursday, November 12
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am

Alef (Part II)—Hebrew Class
9:00-9:50am

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

CRRF Deborah Megdal's Senior Sermon
2:20-2:45pm

Pirkei Avot Study
2:30-2:55pm

Talmud Study
3:00-3:45pm 

Alef Beginners—Hebrew Class
6:00-7:00pm

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm

Today's Israeli Poets as Change Agents
6:00-7:15 pm
Giving
Immigrants and asylum seekers are heartlessly challenged by the US government. Let’s help our immigrant friends meet the challenge.

Your contribution will be matched 
now through Chanukah, up to $25,000 by the CBST Jonathan David Grindell Memorial Fund for Social Justice.


Please Give to CBST

CBST is committed to providing spiritual space, learning opportunities, social justice, and a vibrant, connected community. Every contribution helps make CBST a reality.

Picture of the Week 📸
This year, David Fair (left, CBST's former cantorial intern!) and Corey Dane voted early. "Feeling so grateful for all the time, resources, and research CBST poured into making it almost effortless to create and follow through on a plan to vote here in NY! All the volunteers at our polling place were so warm and welcoming. They had water bottles and even umbrellas for those who got caught outside without one in the rain."

Email your CBST-related photos to us at communications@cbst.org!
In Case You Missed It
Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabinical Intern Dave Yedid: "With a change in name, people can feel more at home in themselves, more connected with their destiny and their dreams. Of course, it is upon us to honor a person's choice of a new name. In doing so, we acknowledge the power to define themselves. But when we fail to respect this choice, it's as if we deny them their very life source.

Our sages double down on this point and say we are actually forbidden to remind someone of their former name. Our rabbis understood the pain that this causes.

And let's be honest here: we see this hurtful and intentional name calling on our national stage. 'Crooked Hillary' or 'that woman' in 2016 has become 'Sleepy Joe' and 'Pocahontas' in this election. Changing the name of opponents denies them their humanity and mocks them. It is a way of seeing and treating others as if they were not also created in the image of G/d."

Community Announcements
Welcome to Our New Director of Development Gina Schmeling!
Please welcome Director of Development Gina Schmeling (pronounced schMAIL-ing) to CBST!

Gina, who started her full-time position with us last month, has over two decades of fundraising experience in Jewish, advocacy, and social justice non-profit organizations.

Her pervious work at WNYC, ACLU, and UJA-Federation of New York has set her up for success in the fast-paced religious, community, social, and cultural environment that is CBST. Learn more about Gina >> 
Reminder—Our Social Worker Is Available to Speak With Older Adult Members

Our CBST social worker, Judy Ribnick, LCSW, MA, is available to speak with CBST members who are older adults and caregivers to older adults to help you locate resources to support you in managing everyday life during the pandemic and beyond. You can reach Judy at jribnick@cbst.org and 917-310-4656.
Be with us as Miriam Krinsky (Founder and Executive Director of Fair & Just Prosecution) and Chesa Boudin (District Attorney of San Francisco) talk with CBST members and friends about their fascinating criminal justice backgrounds and tell us more about what prosecutors can do to help end mass incarceration. Learn more >>
Special Shabbatot

Nov 13—Kristallnacht with German-Austrian Jewish Music Shabbat Learn more >>

Nov 14 —Bat Mitzvah of Shari Potasinski Mertzel, daughter of CBST’s Executive Director, Yolanda Potasinski. All are welcome.

Dec 4—World AIDS Day Shabbat

Dec 11—Shabbat Hannukah

Dec 18—Board Installation Shabbat

For CBST Members

Nov 16 at 6:00pm—Town Hall: "Medical updates in this chapter of COVID-19." Rabbi Kleinbaum will be in conversation with Dr. Nathan Goldstein. Learn more >>

Dec 10 at 6:00pmNew Members Gathering

Dec 17 at 6:00pm—CBST Annual Meeting >>

Dec 21 at 6:00pm—Town Hall: "What Matters: How to Do Long-Term Advance Care Planning"

Interested in becoming a member? Learn more here or email Ruth Kleinman, rkleinman@cbst.org.

Save the Date! Tuesday, December 15
Be with us for an intimate evening with Seth Rudetsky and his superstar pals as they bring Broadway to the CBST community, benefiting music, arts, culture, and CBST! Details coming soon.