First Siddur

CBST’s first siddur in 1973 was initially no more than...

Machzor

CBST began observing the High Holidays in its very first year...

Other Calendared Liturgies

Every 28 years, the lunar and solar cycles of the Hebrew calendar coincide...

Religious LIfe

CBST’s move to 151 Bank Street in 1975 enabled it to hold...

Klei Kodesh

The ark (cabinet) for a synagogue’s Torah scrolls is traditionally...

Prayerbook for ICGLJ

In 1979, CBST was asked to prepare a prayerbook for the....

The Ritual Committee

By 1978, it was felt that CBST needed a more formal approach...

Klei Kodesh

The ark (cabinet) for a synagogue’s Torah scrolls is traditionally a focal point of synagogue architecture, and often quite elaborate, as is the bima (table) in front on which the scrolls are opened. CBST’s first ark was a storage cabinet that Irving Cooperberg found second hand (some say he found it on the street) and fitted out with a simple ritual curtain (parokhet). A simple wooden table with a cloth cover served as a bima.

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CBST’s first ark and bima, 151 Bank Street, 1975.