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Upcoming Services

September 29 - 30, Erev Yom Kippur

Candle lighting, 6:22pm
Kol Nidre
Sanctuary 6:15pm, Bergen 6:15pm
Yom Kippur Morning Services
Sanctuary 8:45am, Bergen 8:00am
Mincha Afternoon Services
Sanctuary 5:00pm, Bergen 5:00pm
Neilah
Sanctuary 6:30pm, Bergen 6:30pm
Shofar Blowing
Fast ends 7:25pm

Sunday Minyan 9:00am

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, Engagement Director Rabbi Jason Gitlin, Executive Director Alan Bell, 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 Nari Gottlieb, 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

High Holidays at Kane Street

We welcome all members, their guests, and the wider community to join us at High Holiday services, as well as our many activities throughout the season. If you will be joining us on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, please complete the High Holiday ticket request, which is for members as well as the wider community.

  • As we celebrate the New Year, Kane Street continues to enjoy a period of growth and renewal. Please consider contributing to the Kol Nidre Appeal to help ensure that the programs that make Kane Street such a dynamic community continue to thrive.

Visit our High Holidays page for more information and updates on services and other activities.


Bialy Rock Music Class for Infants & Toddler

Ora and Ketchup the puppet are back Friday September 1 – December 22 at 10:00am. Download the flyer for all the details. Children with parents or caregivers sing, dance, and play instruments. Leader Ora Fruchter leads Jewish songs in English and Hebrew. Bialy Rock is a fun, interactive way to bond with your child in a Jewish context, meet new families, and enrich your child’s musical development and Jewish identity. Bialy Rock registration is available online or contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber.


Kane Street Joins Jewish Support for the Paris Climate Accord

Kane Street has joined a call for Jewish communities to respond to the climate crisis and take action. Through a Hazon organized advocacy campaign, our congregation will join with other Jewish community partners to identify ways we can respond to the climate crisis.

Read the full Jewish Letter in Support of the Paris Accord we have signed onto and add your name to join a growing group of Jews taking action on climate.

Exterior Restoration of the Sanctuary Building is Underway

If you have visited Kane Street recently, you have likely noticed that the exterior of the sanctuary building looks quite different. Scaffolding now encircles both the east and west towers and covers the north (Kane Street) façade, reaching up past the roofline. This exciting milestone represents the commencement of restoration work on the building exterior. It marks the final phase of a process that Kane Street launched several years ago, when we started to take steps to ensure the physical integrity and historic character of the sanctuary exterior.
Details of these new developments are outlined in our January 2017 Update. We encourage members to continue to provide feedback by writing to design@kanestreet.org.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

High Holidays Message
Some are late and rushed, some are early and organized, but all of us prepare before significant activities. We pack for vacation, study for exams, stretch before exercise, and save before purchases.

The High Holiday services are activities packed with significance. Whether you believe that you are inscribed in a Heavenly “Book of Life” or not, the quality of our self-examination on these days affects our relationship with our G-d, families, co-workers, and communities in the year to come.

So how shall we get ready?

The alternator which kicks the machinery of personal prayer into action is Kavannah. Kavannah is a Hebrew word whose root means to strengthen or to direct. It refers to the meaning, the aim of the prayer and also to the sincerity and clarity of his/her intention.

To foster Kavannah, there are spiritual practices which we can take on before, and as we enter the Sanctuary on these Awesome Days:

In the days before Rosh Hashanah, spend some quiet time reflecting: Ideally, what would I like to get out of the service this year? From the joys and struggles of this past year, do I have any new questions about life? Is there an issue I’d like help resolving? Do I want to pray for a friend who is sick, a child who is confused, for victims of floods and hurricanes or for the wisdom and courage of our President, legislators, and judges? Is there a physical place within the Sanctuary that will help me in my davenen (prayer)? It will help to write these thoughts out, and keep them with you in Shul as a guide for your devotions. That way, you will remain personally relevant to the service.

Rosh Hashanah morning: In ancient Israel, the kohanim/priests could only enter the Mishkan/tabernacle after washing their hands and their feet. Over the centuries, this custom gained traction in broader segments of our people and outside of our faith. In many traditional Synagogues in pre-Holocaust Eastern Europe, worshippers upon entering would stop at a basin for a ritual washing of the hands with the blessing “al n’tilat yada’yim”, praising G-d for sanctifying us with the Mitzvah of washing hands. The Catholic church, also fond of this ancient Jewish ritual, installed a font with holy water at the entrance to their Sanctuary, where worshippers dipped their fingers and then made a sign of the cross with the water as they sprinkled it on themselves.

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Rabbi Weintraub’s Reflections on Social Issues
Charlottesville

Spirituality and Politics, Social Change, and my Trip to Israel

Michael Brown and Eric Garner – A Jewish Perspective

Violence

Torah text, the Tribe of Dan, Ferguson and Baltimore

ISIS, Refugees, and our Father Jacob

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