Congregation Beth Simchat Torah
- Location: NY
- Marching Since: February 16, 2006
One of Judaism’s basic tenets is that we hold the world in trust for future generations. To fulfill that obligation, we must move toward a more sustainable lifestyle, and treat the earth—the home that G-d has entrusted us with—with the respect it deserves.
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST) is the world’s largest synagogue serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, our families and friends. CBST and its members believe that by joining together with hundreds of thousands of others in this online groundswell we can help push the balance toward a more thoughtful, sustainable future.
When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Heschel said he felt as if his legs were praying.By adding our virtual legs to this virtual march, we CBST members and our friends offer up a prayer as well: May the beauty of creation be restored in a world guided by the principles of justice and peace.
Located in New York City, CBST’s influence is global – as a progressive voice within Judaism; as a leader in the discourse on the nature of religious values; and as a partner in the movement to secure civil rights for glbt people everywhere. CBST was founded in 1973 by a small group committed to the idea that it was possible to be deeply Jewish and openly gay, and is today the spiritual home to a congregation of 800 and thousands more who attend its High Holy Day services. By providing a broad range of ritual observance, liturgy, educational and social justice activities – across the entire spectrum of Jewish denominations – CBST is a vibrant example of a spiritual community in action. For more information, call (212) 929-9498 or visit >www.cbst.org