Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, D.D., serves as spiritual leader of New York City’s Congregation Beth Simchat Torah (CBST) since 1992. She was installed as CBST’s first rabbi in 1992, arriving at the height of the AIDS crisis when the synagogue was in desperate need of pastoral care and spiritual leadership. She guided the congregation through a period of loss and change, while addressing social issues of the day and building a strong and deeply spiritual community. Under her leadership as Senior Rabbi, CBST has become a powerful voice in the movement for equality and justice for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and a significant force challenging the radical right’s dominance over religious and political life in the United States and around the world.
She received her ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990. In 2012, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College awarded her the "Keter Shem Tov Award," their highest honor.
December 5th, 2017 | Season 1 | 27 mins 40 secs
The story of Hanukkah invites us to kindle lights in the darkness, and to overcome despair with hope and action. In this spirit, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum reflects on the extraordinary work of her community, and how it embodies the fundamental connection between spiritual life and social activism.