Introduction

Photo: Gay Synagogue

The LGBT Religious Archives Network and Congregation Beth Simchat Torah collaborate to present this special exhibition on the history and life of this unique congregation. In this exhibition you will see a wide array of artifacts—organizational documents, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, publications, brochures and photos that portray the early years (1973-1982) of this ground-breaking synagogue. Our intent is to allow you to make historical discovery through exploring the artifacts with only minimal commentary to weave them together.

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah is New York City's synagogue for the metropolitan area's more than 100,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Jews, together with their families and their friends. Founded in 1973, CBST is the largest and most influential gay synagogue in the world. Under the leadership of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum since 1992, CBST has become and important voice in Judaism, in the world-wide discourse on the nature of religious community, and in the movement of secure civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and throughout the world.

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