Caring for Our Community in 2021
To Our CBST Family,

On this first day of the secular New Year, I'm sending you warm greetings and a message of hope.

In this month, we embark on new leadership of our nation, and with it, a change in conversation about what is next for the LGBTQ+ community, and all people around the world. 

Four years ago, we feared for the rights of our Muslim friends, our immigrant friends, people of color in our community and country, our marriages, our bodies, reproductive justice, and for the safety of our trans loved ones and community members. We fought hard to stay visible, help those imperiled by harsh new policies and laws, and to pursue justice.

This month, we embark on an era with the first openly LGBTQ+ person serving in a presidential cabinet and with the first openly trans senatorial candidate taking office. We also face a hostile Supreme Court, and a country and world in which hate and cruelty have become so visible and toxic. We have been living through plagues of racism and violence, the coronavirus, toxic political leadership, and terrible economic decline.

We hold, at the same time, the multiple truths of our reality. 

We live in a deeply broken world, and it is our job to partner with The Holy One to always breathe new breath and to make new what was old. 

We will continue to pray, study, and act together. We will pray for the strength to not give in or give up. We pray that we will always act in ways that will increase the holiness and the light.

As this new year begins, for those CBST members who need connections to various resources, our social worker, Judy Ribnick, is here to help. You may contact her at jribnick@cbst.org.

Be with us every Friday night at 6:30 ET and every Shabbat morning at 9:30 ET. Check our calendar (and see below) for upcoming events. We can't wait to see you.

Looking forward to a 2021 that is spiritual, joyful, proud.

Rabbi Kleinbaum
Senior Rabbi

PS: Harold Levine put some numbers together about the Psalms class I have been teaching since March 16, 2020, four days a week for the past forty-something weeks:

  • 15 Psalms studied in depth
  • 105 texts studied in depth (Hebrew, Sefaria, Alter, etc.)
  • 120 hours of classes
  • 139 Psalms read in the Big Read
  • 160 classes
  • 300 musical interludes
  • 350 offerings shared (approximately)
  • 9,000 person-hours of study

Events This Week
Please arrive 10 minutes early. All classes and programs will be locked at their start time.
Lehrhaus classes resume this week; check our calendar for more information.
Friday, January 1
CBST offices are closed today
Need tech help during a service? 
Text 646-450-3556

Kabbalat Shabbat Services
6:30pm

Saturday, January 2
CBST Learners' Minyan
9:30am

Dial-in by phone: 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 853 7576 9048
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
Monday, January 4
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.

🟢 New Time
Talmud Study 
3:30-4:15pm 
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

Beyond the Binary with Ze'evi Berman and Ariel Zitny
6:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, January 5
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—Living Nonviolence: Becoming a Combatant for Peace
1:00-2:00pm 
Talmud Study 
3:30-4:15pm 
🟢 New Time
Living Successfully with HIV & AIDS
5:00-7:00pm 
Wednesday, January 6
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

Talmud Study 
3:30-4:15pm 
🟢 New Program
Tyranny and Freedom
Offered by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
4:00-5:15pm on January 6, 13, and 20
Sanctuary at CBST: Pro Se Immigration Legal Clinic
6:00-8:30pm
Thursday, January 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

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

Talmud Study 
3:30-4:15pm 
🟢 New Program
Emet: Trans & Non-Binary Team Meeting
7:00pm
CBST maintains space (currently online!) for transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender-expansive people to build community and engage politically at CBST. We also welcome people who are questioning. Emet will meet on the first Thursday of each month to learn together with Ze'evi Berman (they/them or ze/zem/zer), CBST’s Guest Cantorial Student, and Ariel Zitny (he/they) Convening Director. Zoom info will be sent to Emet team members and mailing list signups on Thursday before 5pm.

Contact transjews@cbst.org for more info.
Giving
THANK YOU for your support, donations, and wonderful gifts throughout this year. In 2020, we saw the strength of community and generosity of our members in all our services and events. We wish you a happy and healthy year ahead!
Community Announcement
Tyranny and Freedom
Offered by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
4:00-5:15pm on January 6, 13, and 20

How are we to remember the past in a way that is both sensible and useful? What might the particular history of the Jews in twentieth-century Europe illuminate about the possibilities for tyranny in the twenty-first century world? 

The course "Tyranny and Freedom," from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, engages these issues, asking how an interpretation of the Holocaust might allow us to see the risks of the contemporary world differently, how to understand the history of the 2010s, and finally, what can be done to coordinate an understanding of the past with a richer and broader view of freedom in the future.

Course instructor Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages, and has written eight books. Since 2016, Rabbi Kleinbaum has spoken about Tim Snyder and his groundbreaking work on the Holocaust, and his writing about current times.


📷: Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden: Larry Froeber / NY Daily News Archive / Getty Images
In Case You Missed It
Shabbat Vayigash
CRRF Deborah Megdal: "Let's share our true experiences of these past ten months. Let's allow ourselves to cry a little in front of each other, just as Joseph did in front of his brothers. We are collecting short, written bits of anonymous truth-telling, so that together we can witness and try to understand each other more deeply, so that we feel less alone and more connected. We will share selected submissions, totally anonymously, and we are very lucky that some early volunteers gave us a jumpstart.

"In this video, hear some of the first submissions to this important, healing CBST project. In the tradition of our community practice of anonymously sharing chata’im (ways that we’ve fallen short) in preparation for Selichot before the High Holy Days, we propose to do something simple and vulnerable: We invite 1-2 sentence anonymous submissions of your lived experience during these unprecedented times. We will share selected submissions. Everything is optional. Everything is anonymous."

Share your experience here: http://bit.ly/cbstpostsecret

Submissions in by January 15 may be chosen for a sharing event on Friday, January 22, before Shabbat services.

“T’filat Haderech/Prayer for Travelers”
Composed by Debbie Friedman, based on the traditional text 
As we travel into the new secular year, we pray for blessing, joy, health, and safety. Debbie Friedman’s “T’filat Haderech” brings a contemporary interpretation to the traditional liturgy of the Prayer for Travelers, imploring God to shelter us in wings of peace, hopeful for a better year ahead. Together we sing “Amen,” making our communal voice one, wherever we are in the world. Be sure to listen all the way through for a special holiday ending!