Family & Friends Shabbat
THIS FRIDAY, June 19, 6:30 pm
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Sa’ed Atshan,   LGBTQ Palestinian Quaker human rights activist, PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard; Swarthmore College Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies; author of Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique  (2020) and  The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians  (2020).

Post-service conversation with Dr. Atshan  and  Rabbi Kleinbaum , including Q & A.
Dr. Atshan recommends you read his articles in advance of his talk:
Supreme Court's Ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, GA
We were overjoyed to hear of the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers and prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. We still have a long way to go in the struggle for equality, but this was an important victory.

Today, our Scholar-in-Residence for Trans and Queer Jewish Studies  Rabbi Mike Moskowitz  joined The Rundown on i24 News to speak on the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling against LGBTQ discrimination. He also spoke on religious and gender identity and the experience of LGBTQ individuals within ultra-Orthodox communities. You can watch him here.
Milan Gogolin Bar Mitzvah D'var Torah (June 13)
Mazal tov to Milan, who became Bar Mitzvah this past Shabbat Beha’alotecha! You can read Milan’s words of Torah (d’var torah) here:
Friday, Jun. 19 / 28 Sivan
Connecting in Community, 3 pm
Meeting ID: 256 347 787; by phone: +1 646 876 9923
Led by Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal

Kabbalat Shabbat, 6:30 pm
Family & Friends Shabbat
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair, Judy Ribnick
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leaders: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Rabbi Yael Rapport
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sa’ed Atshan
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, Jun. 20 / 28 Sivan
Shabbat Morning – Traditional Egalitarian Minyan, 9:30 am
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair, Larry Kay
D’var Torah: Rabbi Jo Hirschmann
RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link

Havdalah, 9 pm; gathering beginning at 9 pm, service beginning at 9:30 pm
Service Leader: Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Ben Dyme
Meeting ID: 654 880 356; phone: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)
The CBST Community Attends Friday Night Services From Home! 
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CBST Honors Its 2020 Member Graduates!
A primary value in Judaism is learning – life-long learning, with all the milestones we recognize as graduations. At our 6:30 pm Pride Shabbat service on June 26, our community will honor this year’s graduates – CBST Members graduating from pre-K through college. If you or someone in your family is a Year 2020 graduate, please share this simchah with the community. Complete this form for the graduate to be acknowledged and receive a blessing. You also have the opportunity to appear on Zoom, lighting your Shabbat candles (you’ll receive an email and the Zoom link if you choose to do this). Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 23. Questions? Contact Jesse.
June 12: LGBTQ Jews of Color Shabbat : CBST members Narda Alcorn and Boysie Dikobe, and Cantorial Intern David Fair inspired us: Video.

June 13: Weekly CBST Havdalah Service & Program: Nora Isacoff gave a beautiful Havdalah teaching entitled "Primal Prayer" on the connection between prayer and the body. Read it here. Click here for information on this week's Havdalah service.

June 15: CBST Members’ Town Hall:  CBST rebbetzin and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten spoke on “Reopening Schools Safely and Responsibly.” Watch it here
  • Upcoming town halls:
  • Monday, July 13: Medical updates
  • Monday, August 24: How CBST will observe Yammim Noraim/High Holy Days this year

June 16: I n case you missed the Fordham Pride event today “From HIV/AIDS Epidemic to Pride Shabbat: Liturgical & Cultural Transformations in Progressive Judaism," CRRI Deborah Megdal reflects: "I am so proud and honored to have shared the stories of CBST and my own reflections on what is so special about our liturgy, our resilience, and our pride." You can watch the video here.
Upcoming Events
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. A program of Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, co-sponsored by CBST.
A Juneteenth Event: Confronting Racism in Faith
Friday, June 19, 1:30 pm, via Zoom; register here
What role does faith play in combating racism and social injustice? How have we fallen short? And how we can all do better? An interfaith, multiracial discussion presented by our friends at UJA-Federation of New York featuring Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and other faith leaders.
Monday, June 22, 6:00 pm;  register here  to receive Zoom link
Part of CBST’s unique heritage has been our involvement in the lives and experience of LGBTQ individuals within ultra-Orthodox communities. On June 22nd as part of our PRIDE month programming, we are bringing together  Chani Getter, Abby Stein, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, and  Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum for an exciting conversation prompted by the Netflix miniseries  Unorthodox*.   
Chani is the Senior Director of Organizational Development at   Footsteps, the only organization in North America that assists people who wish to leave or explore leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. Abby is a direct descendant of the Ba'al Shem Tov (the founder of Hasidic Judaism) and came out in 2015 as a woman of trans experience after graduating yeshiva as a rabbi in 2011.
A Panel Discussion: "Leadership and Crisis: An LGBTQ Perspective"
Thursday, June 25, 7 pm; r egister  HERE
Join LGBTQ leaders for a conversation on navigating inequality through the lens of COVID-19 and the current protest movement. This event is co-sponsored by UJA-Pride and UJA’s Government Relations & Advocacy Committee.
Pride Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Masha Gessen
Friday, June 26, 6:30 pm, via  Facebook livestream
Our Pride Speaker is  Masha Gessen. They are the author of ten books, including the just-published  Surviving Autocracy, the National Book Award-winning  The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, and  The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.  A staff writer at  The  New Yorker and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Bard College and lives in New York City.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the first openly gay person to launch a major American presidential campaign, will offer greetings. A graduate of Harvard University and an Oxford Rhodes Scholar, Buttigieg enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve and became a lieutenant when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. In April 2019, he announced his candidacy for president, and in February 2020, he won the Iowa caucuses, becoming the first openly gay person to ever win a presidential primary or caucus.

RSVP by June 24.
Pride for Families with Young Children
Saturday, June 27, 11:45 am


March together and celebrate Pride with an online Parade during our song-filled service designed especially for our youngest congregants and their families. On this Shabbat, children will be able to wave to their Alef-Bet friends on Zoom or watch the livestream!
Then stay for our Pride Aggadah Adventure: Under the Rainbow! Come aboard the ark and brave the storm with Noah and his friends as they figure out the importance of sticking together when the going gets tough. A showing of this CBST original production with puppetry, music, storytelling and participation, this creative re-imagining of Noah's story (and the appearance of the world's first rainbow) is the perfect way to introduce your child to the special rainbow connection between our LGBTQ community and the Torah!

Jew York Pride Brunch
Sunday, June 28, 11:00 am
CBST is co-sponsoring this event with JQY, UJA Federation of NY, and Keshet. More information will be forthcoming.
Tuesday, July 7, 6-7:30 pm; via Zoom; Register in advance to receive Zoom link  
Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) founder Max Kenner , BPI graduate Dyjuan Tatro , and another BPI graduate will be our guests for a moderated Zoom panel discussion on Ken Burns'  College Behind Bars , You may watch the 4-part series on Netflix. Review the discussion guide , and the Netflix  trailer  or extended trailer . Questions, or need help accessing the documentary? Contact Lee Goldberg.

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 . TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO APPLY ONLINE.
Volunteer with Let NY Vote/Common Cause NY
Thursday/Friday, June 18/19 (training); June 20, 21, and/or 23 (volunteering)
Volunteer to help ensure that things go smoothly for New York’s upcoming June 23rd primary and during Early Voting the weekend before the primary:
  • Rove – by bike (NYC) or car (NYS) – between assigned polling places on June 20th, June 21st and/or June 23rd. Sign up here!
  • Monitor social media for voters who need help, polling place problems and mis/disinformation. Sign up here!
You’ll attend a webinar training session on June 18th or 19th on what to look out for and how to report. And you’ll be helping them refine and scale up the Election Protection program for the November general election.
At CBST, we care deeply about the health of our community. As long as COVID-19 is a threat, we will not ask you to join any in-person activity, but we will sometimes share these opportunities, and we ask you to make decisions with care.
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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
All class recordings are available here .
Open to All
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, 4-4:45 pm; ZOOM:
Meeting ID: 926 6553 3458; Dial by phone: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592
Rabbi Moskowitz continues the study of Pirkei Avot, the foundational text of Jewish ethical teaching. This class begins with Chapter 2, where Rabbi Moskowitz's class between Pesach and Shavuot left off. The earlier class is not a prerequisite for this one. Some knowledge of Hebrew is helpful, but not necessary; no registration is 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
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!
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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