Founding

In 1973, the Gay Synagogue was felt to be enough of an oddity…

Getting Organized

In the beginning, CBST's organization amounted to no more than…

Searching for a Home

Throughout its 34 year history, CBST has been searching for a space…

Outside Interests

CBST hosted the 2nd annual conference of gay Jews...

Fun

Israeli folk dancing was a frequent entertainment...

AIDS Arrives

Michael Levien was CBST’s first member to die of AIDS...

Introduction

As a practical matter, founding a synagogue is not all that difficult. No rabbi is required. The expense can be minimal, even zero. A reasonably stable minyan (the traditional Jewish prayer quorum of ten), together with a regular worship schedule and a suitable location are more than enough. Not even a name is necessary—in its first year, CBST simply called itself “The Gay Synagogue,” and for twenty years, until Rabbi Kleinbaum came to CBST in 1992, the congregation did not have a rabbi.

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Advertisement in the Village Voice February 8, 1973, for CBST's first service the following evening, February 9, 1973. 360 West 28th Street is the Annex of the Church of the Holy Apostles, CBST's home for the next 2-1/2 years.