Andy Cohen paid tribute to Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of NYC’s LGBTI synagogue, the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), at a soiree thrown in her honour last night.
The TV star hosted the Bringing Vision to Life benefit alongside Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon. The event took place at the theater of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The evening’s keynote speaker was Hillary Clinton.
Speaking to Gay Star News, the Watch What Happens Live star said: ‘[I’m] so excited and honored to be celebrating Rabbi Kleinbaum’s 25 years!’
He furthermore added: ‘I couldn’t think of a better way than having the incomparable Hilary Clinton there to speak about such a fantastic person.’
Kleinbaum was celebrating her 25-year anniversary as the Senior Rabbi at the CBST. All proceeds from the night went to the CBST Home of Our Own Capital Campaign. The organization was founded in 1973.
‘A bold spiritual community of resistance and love’
Hillary told an audience of 700: ‘As she led this congregation forward, Rabbi Kleinbaum helped CBST become what it is today: a bold spiritual community of resistance and love,’ reports Yahoo.
Cynthia was also quoted as saying: ‘I was not raised Jewish. I am not Jewish at all, in fact. But CBST is still a home for me. I come here on my own terms.’
The night also featured a full orchestra performance by the Greenwich Village Orchestra of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.