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Upcoming Services

Sept 30 - Oct 1, Shabbat Nitzavim

Candle Lighting 6:20 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 7:23 PM

Sunday morning Services 9:00 AM

 

Welcome

At Kane Street, we bring the wisdom and compassion of Jewish traditions to all, regardless of one’s background. Within our community are very traditional Jews and secularists, families and singles, straight and gay. Our members include many Jews-by-choice (converts) as well as interfaith families and Jews who are returning to their roots. We are rightly regarded as a community where any sincere person can find a place.

We'd love to meet you. If you have questions, feel free to contact Rabbi Sam Weintraub, Alan Bell, our Executive Director, or Rabbi Valerie Lieber, our Director of Education and Family Programming.

What are services like?

For questions about Kane Street Kids, our community's creative, progressive and hands-on preschool, contact Peggy Geller, Director of Kane Street Kids.

Learn about our creative and stimulating Hebrew School or see it in action! Enrollment is available online for the 2016-17 school year. Or for more information contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber at 718.875.1550, ext 2005.

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"Charity is as potent a force for reconciliation as the ancient Temple altar."
Rabbi Jochanan Ben Zakkai
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News and Upcoming Events

Join us for High Holidays 5777/2016

The word shana (literally, “year”) comes from a Hebrew root meaning to learn, to repeat, and to change. These words define life at Kane Street, where we learn and cherish Jewish traditions as we make them relevant to today.
We welcome all members, their guests, and the wider community to join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services, as well as for our family services and other events, and activities throughout the High Holiday season. You can find everything you need to know – information, schedules, tickets, and more – on our High Holidays page.

Bialy Rock with Ora

Jewish music class for children 4 to 30 months with a parent or caregiver
The Fall Series begins Friday, October 7
6 Session Series at 10 AM or 11:15 AM
Download the flyer here and register online.

Open Beit Midrash 2016 – 2017

Tuesday Evenings, November 15, 2016-March 14, 2017
6:45pm Dinner
7:30-9:00pm Class
Cost: $40 per three week course (includes catered dinner), or you may purchase a subscription for $150 for the year (all five courses, including all dinners). Read more about Open Beit Midrash and
Register now. Purchase a Beit Midrash Course or Subscription for the year!

Sanctuary Project Comments

Send your comments about the Sanctuary Project to Design@KaneStreet.org.
Thank you to all who attended the recent community-wide meeting with H3 Architecture, as well as any of the small-group interview sessions. There will be additional interview sessions later in the summer, and another community-wide presentation by H3 in the fall. We also encourage everyone to share their thoughts via email at any time, directly to Design@KaneStreet.org. Messages will be read and considered as part of the design process, by the architects at H3 and by Kane Street’s Building Committee.

Kane Street Synagogue Restoration Project – June 2016 Update

Kane Street has made significant progress in our effort to revitalize and renew our historic sanctuary. We are pleased to announce a number of exciting recent developments, including a grant from the New York City Landmarks Conservancy, the engagement of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture for the sanctuary interior, and a new look for the capital campaign. For more details, take a look at the June 2016 report.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

High Holiday Message - Elul 5776/Tishrei 5777 September-October 2016

There was such a lovely feeling in services last Shabbat, Shabbat Re’eh (September 3). We had about eighty daveners (worshippers), with a fair number of children, even though it was Labor Day weekend, a peak time to get away. The singing was robust, the study animated, and the kahal (congregation) stayed engaged as about eight lay leaders chanted a difficult Torah reading.

How to account for the great attendance and high spirits? Of course, there is a special warmth and intimacy in our summer prayers in the social hall. It was the last Shabbat of the “official” summer season, with its reflective, bitter sweet feeling. And I suppose there was need for connection on that most social of American holiday weekend.

But it was also Rosh Chodesh Elul, the start of the month of Elul, and so the beginning of a forty day period of repentance and renewal culminating in Yom Kippur. Something very special happens in these forty days. That something is larger and much older than any of us. In the Rabbis’ imagery, G-d comes down a little lower, and we are raised higher, so that we can more readily meet. In this hopeful period, we intuit around and inside us the possibility of teshuva, of positive change.

Teshuva was a favorite subject of one of my heroes, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook (1865-1935), an influential philosopher, Kabbalist, and Halachist (legal scholar), and also the first Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine. Rabbi Kook was the product of strict Latvian and Lithuanian Yeshivot, but he eventually developed a universal world view. He sought to combine Orthodoxy, Zionism, and liberalism. As a community leader in Palestine, and in moves which infuriated many isolationist Orthodox, he even embraced the anti-religious, secular Zionists, who he regarded as part of G-d’s scheme for human redemption.

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