CBST Synagogue, New York


Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is thought to be the largest LGBT+ synagogue in the world and was founded in 1973 to cater to members from across the state of New York and beyond. Recently the synagogue has concluded its search for a new home, purchasing space in Cas Gilbert's iconic SJM Building in Midtown Manhattan.

Renovations to the space were overseen by New York firm Architecture Research Office. Luke Hughes® was commissioned to design new seating for both the sanctuary and chapel. Bespoke curved benches with velvet cushions furnish the light-filled sanctuary whilst a customised version of our chair for Lincoln College has been used in the chapel. Set over three floors the synagogue combines worship, social and activism facilities to continue the synagogue's historic work as part of New York's LGBT+ Jewish community.

Photography by Esteban Kuriel

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