CBST@40: Living NYC’s LGBTQ Histories
Book Celebration & Talk
This special program will host two of the foremothers of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the LGBTQ synagogue: the book’s author, Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen, and the author of its preface, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, for a stimulating conversation on their longtime work at CBST.
We will celebrate the publication of Changing Lives, Making History: CBST - The First Forty Years – CBST’s 40th Anniversary Book. We will discuss the place, voice, and status of the LGBTQ Jewish community within the NYC Jewish community and the American Jewish community as a whole, the intersection of LGBTQ Jews’ work with other struggles for minority rights in NYC and America.
We will have a special display of AJHS’ archival materials telling the histories of LGBTQ Jews in America up for only one night. Refreshments will be served.
“The story, or rather the stories in Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah illuminate forty revolutionary and transformative years in the life of New York City. These past forty years have witnessed, among other things, the impact of AIDS, breakthroughs in reproductive technologies and the gay baby boom, the emergence of queer and trans movements, and major Supreme Court decisions in support of equal rights. Through it all, CBST has been at the epicenter.”