Featured Events
Kabbalat Shabbat Chanukah Service
Tonight at 6:30pm
Join CBST to welcome Shabbat Chanukah! Our brightest service of the year falls at the coldest part of winter, and we hope you'll join Rabbi Kleinbaum, Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig, and Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen as we let our lights shine. Light Chanukah candles, give thanks for the light in our lives, sing along CBST-style with our famous Chanukah medley (and everyone's favorite rabbinic solo), and see the premiere of a brand-new virtual choir video by our fabulous CBST Community Chorus! Shabbat Chanukah is a community experience you won't want to miss—Chag Urim Sameach!

Sing the Chanukah blessings and some of our favorite songs with this special Chanukah guide for every night, including Shabbat Chanukah! ChanukahSongs2020 >>



CBST invites you to our winter fundraiser as Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley present "Broadway at CBST" on Stars in the House, a live broadcast benefitting music, art, culture, and CBST! Celebrate Chanukah and support your synagogue as we enjoy an evening of song, storytelling, and conversation. Benj Pasek, Steven Skybell, Judy Gold and other Broadway stars will be performing.

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 11
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 Visiting Rabbinic Scholar 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
🟣 Chanukah Night Two Candle Lighting
Kabbalat Shabbat Chanukah Services
6:30pm

Saturday, December 12
Shabbat Chanukah Liberal Minyan Service
9:30am
Praying from Reconstructing Judaism‘s siddur, Kol Haneshama, our Shabbat Chanukah morning service includes singing selections from Hallel, and reciting special Chanukah Torah readings and Haftarot.

Dial-in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 834 2757 3363
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
What Matters Workshop
12:00pm
Join us for a presentation and workshop about your advance care health plans, led by CBST What Matters facilitators Judy Ribnick and Lise Brown. Limited to 20 registrants. Free of charge.
🟣 Chanukah Night Three Candle Lighting
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 13
Mussar Meditations Series
8:30-8:45am
Lights and Latkes: A Jewish Veg Hanukkah Party
5:00-6:00pm
Celebrate with songs and storytelling at the Jewish Veg Hanukkah party! Bring your hanukkiah and your vegan latkes and gather around our virtual table for a bright and festive evening.

Find out why the Maccabees were vegetarian, sing along to old favorites, and share what motivates you to stay dedicated to veg living. You’re invited to our Hanukkah party!

Hosted by Visiting Rabbinic Scholar Deborah Megdal, joined by Rabbi Eli Soiefer, Ariel Pulver, and Cantor Juval Porat.

🟣 Chanukah Night Four Candle Lighting
Led by Rabbi Yael Rapport & Songleader Rachel Chang
6:00pm
Families with children encouraged to attend to sing Chanukah songs!

Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 848 7313 3182
Monday, December 14
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

🟣 Chanukah Night Five Candle Lighting
5:45pm
Led by Judy Ribnick
 
Healing Circle 
6:00-6:45pm
Increase light and warmth in a cold season with our Kislev Healing Circle, led by Judy Ribnick, LCSW, MA, Consulting Director of Aging Initiatives at CBST and cantorial soloist. Together we will light the chanukiyah, chant, breathe, pray, and learn from Jewish texts. 
 
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
Tuesday, December 15
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 

🟣 Chanukah Night Six Candle Lighting
Led by Seth Rudetsky at the start of Stars in the House!
8:00pm
Seth Rudetsky Brings Broadway Stars to CBST!
8:00-9:00pm
Enjoy a great night of entertainment and help support CBST.
Wednesday, December 16
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—Teaching Amidst Enduring Conflict: Literature & Poetry as Gateways
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 

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

🟣 Chanukah Night Seven Candle Lighting
6:00pm
Led by Cantorial Intern Sam Rosen and Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig with the CBST Community Chorus.
Dial in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 838 1812 7897
Thursday, December 17
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 

Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm
🟣 Chanukah Night Eight Candle Lighting
6:00pm 

CBST Annual Meeting
6:00-9:00pm

After we light the candles, we will hold our Annual Membership Meeting. Business includes electing five members to the Board of Directors and approving the 2021 budget. 

The agenda includes: the President's Report, the Senior Rabbi's Report, and the Treasurer’s Report. We will elect four members for a second three-year term and one new member for a two-year term

Members must be in good standing in order to vote. If you’re unclear as to whether your membership is current, or needs to be renewed in time for the meeting, please contact membership@cbst.org.

Zoom link will be emailed to members this week.
Photo of the Week 📸
Mark Meyerhoff wrote postcards to Georgia voters, reminding them to get out and vote on January 5, 2021, for the two open US Senate seats from that state, which will determine the majority and minority parties in the Senate. "Exciting stuff for someone who's never done this before," Mark said. "Loved doing it!" Know anyone who lives in Georgia? Encourage them to vote on January 5! 

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!


Community Announcement
Chanukah Game Night
Friday, December 18 after Shabbat Services at 9:30 PM
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. Please RSVP here. Sponsored by Aleinu, open to all.
In Case You Missed It
Shabbat Vayishlach
World AIDS Day Shabbat
On World AIDS Day Shabbat (Dec 4 / 19 Kislev), we heard poignant words from CBST member Mark Fischer, who co-leads Chazak, the Red Ribbon Team at CBST, which focuses on HIV/AIDS education and support programming.

“Al Hanisim,” Arranged by Elliott Levine
and “S’vivon” Arranged by Stephen Glass
In honor of Chanukah, we feature the CBST Community Chorus and Ba’alei T’filah David Fair and Julia Ostrov, singing two well-known holiday songs, in an excerpt from CBST’s 2019 Shabbat Chanukah service.

The words of the first selection, Al Hanisim, form the opening for a special prayer that is inserted into the Amidah for Chanukah, Purim (and LGBTQ+ Pride), as well as the Birkat Hamazon (the Grace after Meals). The words express our gratitude to God for the miracles, redemption, mighty deeds and victories that God performed for our ancestors in past days at this time.

The second piece, S’vivon (Dreidel) is a joyous song about spinning the dreidel on Chanukah, and reminds us that this is a holiday of happiness for our people. It says, “A great miracle happened there!” Stephen Glass’ jazzy arrangement brings fresh life to this well-known children’s song.