Sunday’s 25 th Annual Benefit Concert makes history!
On Sunday afternoon, hundreds of households across the country and around the world came together online to experience a glorious livestreamed milestone concert.
The diverse program, curated by our Music Director, Joyce Rosenzweig, was selected as the pandemic's fury brought fear and loss to our world, but has taken on even more meaning in the last weeks, as racial protests have erupted.The performances were deep and full of emotion, and brought listeners much-needed solace, healing, and hope.

We are so proud to share this  recording  of the entire Concert and the Zoom-Meet-the-Artists Conversation that followed. You can view/download the  Concert Journal-Program.
Our magnificent CBST Chorus performed in a first-ever online format--an amazing achievement!  Sally Wilfert (who brings tears to our eyes with her singing at Yom Kippur Yizkor services) and ALL our past and present cantorial interns performed: Cantors David Berger, Magda Fishman, Jason Kaufman, Dan Singer, Steve Zeidenberg, Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, David Fair, and Sam Rosen. The CBST Concerts for Social Justice chamber music quintet, Adria Benjamin, Tomoko Fujita, Adrienne Kim, Sebu Sirinian, and Lisa Tipton, performed as you have never heard or seen them before.

All contributions to our benefit concerts help fund Music at CBST. Thank you, thank you, to everyone for stepping forward, at all levels, to make a gift that enables us to bring music into all our lives throughout the year.
Friday, Jun. 12 / 21 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
LGBTQ Jews of Color Pride Shabbat: Black Lives Matter
Ba’al Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair
Piano: Music Director Joyce Rosenzweig
Service Leader: Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Guest Speakers: Narda Alcorn, Boysie Dikobe, and Cantorial Intern David Fair

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. 13 / 21 Sivan
Shabbat Morning–
Liberal Minyan, 9:30 am
Bar Mitzvah of Milan Gogolin
Ba’alei Tefillah: Cantorial Intern David Fair, Rabbi Marisa James
Service Leaders:
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum,
Rabbi Yael Rapport
D’var Torah: Milan Gogolin
RSVP here to be sent the Zoom link

Families with Children
  • Limmud b’Shabbat (K-8): 10 am; See teacher email for Zoom Link. Weekly Hebrew class by Jennifer Kleinbaum; email to schedule.
  • Alef Bet Shabbat Live on Facebook: 11:45 am
  • Teen Track Shabbat (final session): 1:30 pm

Havdalah, 9 pm; gathering beginning at 9 pm, service beginning at 9:30 pm
Service Leaders:  Nora Isacoff, Larry Kay
Meeting ID: 654 880 356; phone: +1 646 876 9923 (New York)
The CBST Community Attends Friday Night Services From Home!
This photo is courtesy of CBST member Bryan Silverberg . He had the following to say: "Here’s our [photo] for this week, featuring the pride challot I made with guidance from the Aleinu group’s challah-making class this week! We live in beautiful Morgantown, West Virginia, and you can even see the wild rosebush in our front yard which is currently in bloom. I am also quite fond of our kiddush cup featuring two men, which Ben and I received for our wedding."

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.
CBST in the News
Read this marvelous article by Rabbi Kleinbaum about her Psalms Class; it includes a lovely recording by CBST member Cantor Jacob Niemi. For more information about the Psalms Class, see below!

Congratulations  to our very own Pro Se Immigration Clinic superstar Noemi Masliah , who was just awarded the Pro Bono Award by the New York American Immigration Lawyers Association (NY AILA) for her incredible work with the clinic, among other projects!
Trans & Non-Binary Pride Shabbat Drash (June 5)
This past Shabbat, we were honored to have our g uest speaker Ariel Zitny deliver a beautiful drashah. If you missed it, you can watch it here .
Upcoming Events
White Nationalism, Racism, and Antisemitism in America Today
Tomorrow (Wednesday, Jun 10), 12-1 pm; register here
Featuring Amy Spitalnick, Executive Director of Integrity First for America; Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center. This country is facing a crisis of white nationalism and growing hate--from attacks like Charlottesville, Pittsburgh, Poway, and El Paso, to the racist murders of George Floyd and countless others. Join us for a discussion on how to understand and confront white nationalism--and the racism and antisemitism that are central to it.
LGBTQ Jews of Color Pride Shabbat: Black Lives Matter
Friday, June 12, 6:30 pm, via   Facebook livestream
Beginning this year, CBST will dedicate one of our Pride Shabbatot to lifting up and celebrating LGBTQ Jews of Color in our community and around the world. For this, our inaugural LGBTQ Jews of Color Pride Shabbat, we will highlight the Black Jewish experience through the teachings of several CBST members-- Narda Alcorn, Boysie Dikobe, and Cantorial Intern David Fair--and special musical selections throughout the service.
From HIV/AIDS Epidemic to Pride Shabbat: Liturgical & Cultural Transformations in Progressive Judaism
Tuesday, June 16, 1-2 pm; details & registration here
This event is hosted by Fordham University.  Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Intern Deborah Megdal will be in conversation with Israeli scholar and cultural anthropologist  Elazar Ben Lulu. There is no charge, but registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link 1-2 days before the event. ( Note: If you choose not to make a donation to Fordham, leave the box for “Donation Amount” blank; do not enter $0.)
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.
Family & Friends Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Friday, June 19, 6:30 pm
Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat services, featuring guest speaker Dr. Sa’ed Atshan, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. There will be a post-services "oneg discussion" with  Dr. Atshan and  Rabbi Kleinbaum, including a Q & A.

Dr. Atshan is a LGBTQ Palestinian Quaker human rights activist. He earned his PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He is the author of  Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique (2020) and  The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (2020).
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.
  • Register here in advance to receive the Zoom link to attend. Registrants will receive the Zoom link at 5 pm on June 22nd.
  • *Unorthodox is a German-American drama miniseries that debuted on Netflix on March 26, 2020. The first Netflix series to be primarily in Yiddish, it is inspired by Deborah Feldman's 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic RootsParticipants do not have to have seen the miniseries in order to attend, but are encouraged to view it. 
Tuesday, July 7, 6-7:30 pm; via Zoom; Register here  to receive the Zoom link
We will be holding a moderated Zoom panel discussion on Ken Burns'  College Behind Bars, a documentary about the  Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). You can watch some or all of the four-part series on Netflix, and here is a discussion guide. View the  trailer or the  extended trailer for College Behind Bars! We will be joined by  BPI founder Max Kenner, BPI graduate Dyjuan Tatro, and one more BPI graduate. Email Lee Goldberg if you have any questions or need help accessing the documentary. Feel free to join us even if you don't watch!

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 .
CBST Rapid Response List
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Upcoming CBST Members Only Town Halls
  • Monday, June 15: CBST rebbetzin Randi Weingarten on “Reopening Schools Safely and Responsibly”
  • Monday, July 13: Medical updates
  • Monday, August 24: How CBST will observe Yamim Noraim/High Holy Days this year
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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