North American Organizations

Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)

CBST is a unique synagogue and organization, providing a spiritual community, a home for ritual, a house of action in pursuit of social justice, and a place of learning for all ages. “We are a powerful voice within Judaism in the world-wide discourse on the nature of religious community,” says Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi at CBST, “and in the movement to secure basic civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and throughout the world.”


LGBT Jews Show Support for Muslims (The Villager / March 2, 2017)
Rabbi Fights Intolerance With Love (NBC News / December 29, 2016)
ARO Pays Careful Attention to Symbolism, Craft, Security, and Inclusivity in Designing New Manhattan Synagogue (Architect Newspaper / August 18, 2016)
Michael Broder is one of the HIV+ People of 2016 (Plus magazine / July 22, 2016)
Orthodox LGBT Center Addressing ‘Quiet Emergency’ (The New York Jewish News / June 15, 2016)
LGBT Leaders Mixing Sorrow With Action (The New York Jewish Week / June 14, 2016)
How A LGBT Congregation Rethought The Synagogue (Co.Design / May 11, 2016)
Gay Congregation Celebrates Its Identity With New Home in Manhattan (New York Times / February 3, 2016)
Who’s Who Queer Jew (Jerusalem Post / November 1, 2015)
ARZA Wins Big in the World Zionist Congress Elections (A Wider Bridge / July 15, 2015)
At CBST and along Fifth Avenue, Gay Jews Rejoiced, and Planned Next Steps (The Jewish News / July 1, 2015)
Jewish Groups March In NYC Gay Pride Parade (The Jewish News / June 29, 2015)
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum: A Voice for Justice (The Bronx Chronicle / December 6, 2014)
The Moving History of a Gay Jewish Congregation (The Advocate / October 22, 2014)
CBST: 40 Years of History (The Jewish Week / October 1, 2014)
CBST and Israel: The Tablet Essay and the Reply (Tablet / August 20, 2014)
New York’s Gay Pride Weekend Bigger — and Jewier — Than Ever (The Jewish Daily Forward / June 27, 2014)
Celebrate Israel with a Big Tent (A Wider Bridge / June 2, 2014)
The LGBT Cluster in the Celebrate Israel Parade (A Wider Bridge / May 20, 2014)
LGBT Communities Mark Purim (A Wider Bridge / March 14, 2014)
CBST’s new home: A Documentary (YouTube / March 10, 2014)
Diverse Group Of Rabbis Back de Blasio Pre-K (The New York Jewish Week / March 6, 2014)
A promised land for LGBT Jews, on 30th Street in NYC (Ha’aretz / February 10, 2014)
Now They Come For the Gays (The Jewish Daily Forward / December 18, 2013)
Gay Friendly Houses of Worship are Growing (The Huffington Post / November 14, 2013)
Should the Jews be the Oness to Stop Putin’s Anti-Gay Crusade (Ha’aretz / November 14, 2013)
Rabbi Bauer Returns to NYC (Tablet / November 7, 2013)
Israel Engagement and the LGBT Jews: A Conversation (A Wider Bridge / October 18, 2013)
Transgender? Judaism Got a Blessing for You (The Times of Israel / September 25, 2013)
Gay Rights and the Met (New york Times / August 26, 2013)
“I Have A Dream,” 50th Anniversary (Gay City News, August 25, 2013)
Edith Windsor Gets Jewish Hero’s Welcome at Shul After Gay Marriage Win (The Jewish Daily Forward / July 2, 2013)
Edie Windsor’s lawyer and the daughters of Zelophehad (Jewish Journal / June 28, 2013)
Liberals Taking Historic Change In Stride (The New York Jewish Week / June 13, 2013)
Jewish Leaders Speak out on Murder (The Jewish Daily Forward / May 21, 2013)
Activism and the City (The Huffington Post / May 8, 2013)
New York’s New Fireband Rabbi (Tablet / May 3, 2013)
Liberals Divided Over BDS (The New York Jewish Week / March 20, 2013)
Are LGBT Synagogues The Best Of American Judaism? (The Daily Beast / December 10, 2012)
Gay Synagogue Celebrates Rabbi Kleinbaum’s 20th Anniversary (The Edge on the Net / December 6, 2012)
New York rabbi celebrates 20 years at LGBT synagogue (The Washington Blade / October 17, 2012)

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of CBST (right), with Edie Windsor