Congregation Beth Simchat Torah Chelsea Sanctuary

Congregation Beth Simchat Torah Chelsea Sanctuary

296 Ninth Ave at 28th St
Manhattan, NY 10001


Everyone is welcome at this Jewish community center, which stands behind the idea that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews (and also straights and non-Jews) should have a supportive place to worship. Started in 1973 by Jacob Gubbay, a gay Jew from India who was looking for a place to lead a Passover Seder, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah has grown steadily, evolving from a place with just a handful of members to a sanctuary with hundreds of worshippers and community members from all over the five boroughs.

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