This Thursday through Saturday:
Plagues, Pandemics, and Shavuot!
CBST will celebrate a ZOOM revelation in the midst of the pandemic and plague.

Sign up for your choice of CBST Tikkun Leil classes, on topics from prophecy to pickling! Register in advance to be enrolled in your favorite session for each block of community learning. Register now for Tikkun Leil Shavuot Study!

  • Ma’ariv Service, 8:00 pm: Led by Rabbi Marisa James and CRRI Deborah Megdal.
  • Tikkun Leil Shavuot –Study: 9:00 pm–12 midnight: Study Sessions: Learn with teachers Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi Yael Rapport, Rabbi Marisa James, CBST Educator Miya Rotstein, CRRI Deborah Megdal, Cantorial Intern David Fair, Rabbi Reuven Greenvald, and bring your own cheesecake! Register here.

  • Please note that Connecting in Community with CRRI Deborah Megdal (ordinarily Fridays, 3-4 pm) is CANCELLED ON MAY 29 because of Yom Tov.
  • Shabbat Yom Tov Shavuot Service, 6:30 pm: Led by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Joyce Rosenzweig, and Sam Rosen. Livestreamed on our Facebook page.

  • Shabbat Shavuot Yom Tov Morning Services with Megillat Ruth and Yizkor, 9:30 am: Led by Rabbi Yael Rapport, Rabbi Marisa James, Cantorial Intern David Fair, and teaching by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal. RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link.
  • Havdalah, 9:30 pm: Led by Cantorial Intern David Fair. The Zoom is the same as usual:
Register now for the CBST 25th Annual Benefit Concert –your contribution supports Music at CBST.
The CBST Community Attends Friday Night Services From Home!
Above, we have Marc Eagle and Matt Pecori ( left); Sheyna Gaines, Barbara Gaine's great-niece ( center ); and Andrea Flores-Ramirez ( right ). Email us a photo of yourself online for us to share in a future e-newsletter.

If you need assistance to access CBST services or programs online, please contact us at . Need help ASAP? Text 646-450-3556.
Mazal tov to Rabbi Moskowitz and Rabbi Amsellem!
We're thrilled to share the wonderful news that on Sunday, May 24th, 2020/Rosh Chodesh Sivan 5780, CBST Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Mike Moskowitz and Rabbi Wendy Amsellem were married in a socially distant but definitely spiritually close ceremony.   We are so happy for both of them and surround them with the blessings of the CBST community. We look forward to celebrating with them when it is safe to gather together in our synagogue.
Music to Soothe the Soul
Marbeh Torah (from the cantata The Crown of Torah) by Ben Steinberg (born 1930)  
Cantor Steve Zeidenberg and the CBST Chorus
Shinae Kim, pianist / Joyce Rosenzweig, conductor
In honor of Shavuot, (the holiday that celebrates receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai), we'd like to share an excerpt from our 2016 Shirah concert, There's No Place Like Home . Marbeh Torah  (More Torah) incorporates the words of three sages. Rabbi Shammai speaks first: "The world is sustained by three things: by truth, by justice, and by peace." Then we learn from Hillel: "The more Torah, the more life; the more study, the more wisdom; the more counsel; the more understanding; the more justice, the more peace." Rabbi Yehoshuah advised: "Find yourself a teacher, and acquire for yourself a friend." We pray that our study of Torah will inspire us to bring more holiness, more understanding, and more justice to our world. Chag Sameach !
CBST in the News
Kvelling! So proud of CBST member Emily Bernstein Dunkel, the daughter of Frank Dunkel and Leslie Bernstein , who writes in the Forward about her experience being a "seed" in Seeds of Peace.

Rabbi Mike Moskowitz and his wife, Rabbi Wendy Amsellem, published a beautiful meditation on chen (grace) and Shavuot at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute blog. Read it here.

NYC Primary Elections
Make your voice heard! The NYC primary elections are coming up on June 23! To help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, all registered, eligible voters may apply to vote by absentee ballot for the June 23 elections. For more info and to apply for an absentee ballot, click here .
Upcoming Events
"Our Tears Are the Same: Dialogue Meeting with Layla Alsheikh and Robi Damelin" Parents Circle Families Forum, Monday, June 1, 12:30 pm, register here
Layla is Palestinian. Robi is Israeli. They are both mothers. Both have lost a child to the conflict in Israel and Palestine, but both have made the unique choice to seek peace and reconciliation, rather than revenge and hatred. Layla and Robi will share their stories of bereavement and hope, followed by a Q&A.

T’ruah’s 2020 Gala: A Virtual Celebration of Our Human Rights Heroes
Monday, June 1, 6:45 pm, register here
CBST rebbetzin Randi Weingarten is being honored, as is former CBST Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster .
Sunday, June 7, 10 am
AIDS Walk NY will take place from the comfort and safety of your home on Sunday, June 7th. Tune in to the live, interactive webcast, featuring celebrity guests, surprise performances, and a DJ-led dance party with the AIDS Walk community. 

Cooperberg Rittmaster Educational and Pastoral Intern (CREPI) Atara Cohen's Semikha Ceremony
Tuesday, June 9, 4 pm; Livestream:  
Rabbi Atara Cohen is having her semikha! Maharat will celebrate its graduates, women's leadership, and Torah through a virtual semikha ceremony.

A Conversation with Tony Kushner and Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Thursday, June 18, 6-7:30 pm, register here, Zoom link here
One of America’s most celebrated dramatists, Tony Kushner has never hesitated to take on the world--or history. In a conversation with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum , Kushner will discuss his life as a literary legend, the breadth of his work, his commitment to Jewish ethics, his tangles with some in the Jewish community about Israel, and how familiar his Angel might find today’s America. Held by Temple Emanu El-Streicker Center; co-sponsored by CBST.
Thursday, May 28 / 6 Sivan
Tikkun Leil Shavuot, 8:00 pm
Ba’alot Tefillah:  Rabbi Marisa James, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal
Aseret HaDibrot/Ten Commandments:  Jack Greenberg

Friday, May 29 / 7 Sivan
Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:30 pm
Ba’al Tefillah:  Sam Rosen
Piano:  Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader & Drashah:  Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Visit CBST's main Facebook page --you will find the livestream of the Shabbat service at/near the top of the page.

Through a gift from a generous donor, CBST is offering purchase of the CBST Friday Night Prayerbook at reduced price .
Saturday, May 30 / 7 Sivan
Shavuot II – Yom Tov / Yizkor, 9:30 am
Ba’alei Tefillah:  Cantorial Intern David Fair, Rabbi Marisa James
Service Leader:  Rabbi Yael Rapport
D’var Torah : Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal
RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link

Havdalah, 9:30 pm
Service Leader:  Cantorial Intern
David Fair
Meeting ID: 654 880 356; phone: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)

Letting Us Know About Illness: If you or a CBST member you know is ill & would like support,  please contact us. We’re here for you!

Spiritual Guidance
Please note that the CBST Office will be closed on Friday, May 29 in observance of Shavuot.

All class recordings are now available here .
Open to All
CBST, the Middle East, & Me: A Discussion on Jewish-Arab Medical Collaboration in Israel in the Time of COVID-19
Wednesday, June 3, 7-9 pm
ZOOM:; Meeting ID: 853 6750 6478; Call-in: +1 646 876 9923
Gina Ross , MFCC, will lead the discussion. She is founder & president of the International Trauma-Healing Institutes (ITI-USA and ITI-Israel) and an international senior trainer in SE® (Somatic Experiencing ® ), which she introduced in Israel twenty years ago. She co-founded the Israeli Center for Psycho-Trauma Treatment in Jerusalem.

Mindful Yoga via Zoom
Sundays, 9:00-10:15 am; ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 851 6877 6767; Call-in: +1 646 876 9923
Let's come back to our body and senses! Join us for a moderate to gentle yoga practice that reminds us to be fully present. All levels welcome, and modifications will be offered for whomever shows up. Hilary Nudell, the instructor, has been teaching courses in Yoga, Stress Management and Meditation at Fashion Institute of Technology for over 25 years.

Psalm Study with Rabbi Kleinbaum
Mondays through Thursdays, 10-10:45 am; ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 513 468 144; Dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923
Join in study of the Book of Psalms with Rabbi Kleinbaum. No experience necessary! Every morning Monday-Thursday 10:00 am to 10:45 am.

Pirkei Avot Study with Rabbi Moskowitz
Monday through Thursday, 4-4:30 pm; ZOOM:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note that Rabbi Moskowitz's class will be taking a break after this Thursday (May 28). It will resume on Monday, June 8 with the new timing of 4 pm to 4:45 pm.
Meeting ID: 926 6553 3458; Dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592
Pirkei Avot, a classic of Jewish ethics, is customarily studied between Passover and Shavuot to prepare us to accept the Torah. Our class will start at the beginning and learn one mishnah a class, in order. No experience necessary; no Hebrew necessary; no registration required. All are welcome!

RESISTANCE: Calls & Cards meets Democracy Action Team!
Thursdays from 12:30-1:15 pm, via Zoom (RSVP here for the link)
We’ll help you make your voice heard by contacting elected officials and key figures in city, state, and federal government through texting, emailing, calling, and sending letters and postcards. Some areas we work on: voting access (protection, registration, turnout), immigration, refugee protection, environmental protection, common sense gun laws, ending mass incarceration, education reform, healthcare, & the fight against rising antisemitism, racism, and bigotry in all forms.

Connecting in Community with CRRI Deborah Megdal -- NO MEETING ON MAY 29
Fridays, 3-4 pm, ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 256 347 787; Dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923
In this stressful time, we need to love, support, and listen to one another with an open heart. All are invited to a short text study & support session. No registration required.

Please "arrive" 10 minutes early for any Zoom call so we can start on time. Thanks!
Hosted by Aleinu, Open to All
“Moving Toward Mt. Sinai” with Aleinu
Saturday, May 30, 8 pm
What does it mean to be witness to revelation at Mt. Sinai? How does that moment reverberate in these times? What are the revelations we experience in our own lives? Choreographer Sasha Soreff will guide us in exploring the theme of revelation through movement and story sharing .  No movement experience is necessary, nor is movement obligatory – though it tends to reveal cool and interesting things. Afterward, we'll migrate over to CBST's weekly Havdalah service.  RSVP here . Hosted by Aleinu, open to all.

A Practice In Seeking Peace with Aleinu
Sunday, May 31, 10 am 
During times of uncertainty and unease, it's natural to feel fearful, restless, and unsettled. Ancient practices for mind and body can help you ground your Self, especially when times are tough. Join Aleinu member and registered Yoga instructor, Corey Dane, for an all-levels guided practice, including mantra, light asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation, and learn to connect more deeply with the world around you and the worth within you. RSVP here. Hosted by Aleinu, open to all.
Notes: Bring a yoga mat or plan to practice on some comfy carpet. While not necessary, props like pillows, bolsters, and blankets can assist with support, balance, and relaxation. Wear comfortable clothing to allow for ease of movement.  

Aleinu Rainbow Challah Baking Workshop
Thursday, June 4, 6:30 pm
Aleinu member Naomi Blakeman will be teaching us how to make a rainbow challah just in time for Pride! We’ll send a list of ingredients to those who  RSVP at this link , but make sure to stock up on yeast ahead of time. Sources tell us yeast is the new toilet paper.  Hosted by Aleinu, open to all.
Resources in Times of COVID-19
CBST COVID-19 Resources list Google doc: We've reorganized this and given it a new look. Check it out!

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