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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Upcoming Services

October 9 - 10, Shabbat Bereshit

Candle Lighting 6:05 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 7:14 PM

Monday October 5, Sh’mini Atzeret
Morning Services 9:15 AM
Candle Lighting for Simchat Torah 7:15 PM
Monday October 5, 7:00 PM
Simchat Torah Across Brooklyn!
Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Tuesday October 6, Simchat Torah
Morning Services 9:15 AM



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, Marla Cohen, our Executive Director, or Rabbi Valerie Lieber, our Director of Education and Family Programming. For questions about preschool, contact Peggy Geller, director of Kane Street Kids.

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To learn about our creative and stimulating Hebrew School, contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber at 718.875.1550, ext 117 or e-mail Rabbi Valerie Lieber
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News and Upcoming Events

Sukkot and Simchat Torah Events!

A Week of Joy: Sukkot and Simchat Torah at Kane Street, September 27-October 5, 2015
Join us for inspiring, creative programs for girls and boys, women and men of all ages as we celebrate Z’man Simchateinu, our Holiday of Joy. Click here for a full schedule of activities.

Donate to Kol Nidre Appeal

The Kol Nidre Appeal supports Kane Street Synagogue’s programs and allows us to respond to the needs of the community. Please remember that membership dues, Hebrew School tuition, and other fees combined do not cover our operating expenses. We rely on additional fundraising to maintain the caliber of programs that make our community so vibrant. Please give as generously as you can. We are grateful for all gifts, regardless of size. Gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please click here to donate now.

Open Beit Midrash Announces its 2015-16 Program

Tuesday evenings, October 20, 2015 to April 12, 2016
Stellar Teachers! Intimate Setting! We are delighted to share with you the program for the 5776 Open Beit Midrash, the informal Tuesday night adult learning program at Kane StreetSynagogue. Our faculty this year includes some of America’s most talented, innovative and charismatic Jewish educators, such as Joey Weisenberg, David Kraemer and Dayle Friedman. The program begins with a catered dinner at 6:45 P.M. and continues with class from 7:30-9:00 P.M. It is held almost every Tuesday night from October 20, 2015 to April 12, 2016 and includes eight three week mini-courses over 24 weeks. You may sign up for individual courses or purchase all eight courses — 24 classes and 24 dinners — for the subscription fee of $180.
Please open and read our brochure for more information and to register.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

Rosh Hoshana and Syrian Refugees

The most oft-repeated special prayer of the High Holidays is the Uv’chen, three paragraphs repeated twenty two times over Rosh Hoshana and Yom Kippur. It is a remarkably uplifting prayer, given its authorship by Rabbi Yochanan ben Nuri during a time of vicious Roman oppression in the Second Century. It anticipates the flourishing of first, all humanity, then Israel, and then the righteous during a future era of universal peace. This progression is understood to mean that only when all the world enjoys security and dignity, can Israel and the righteous live freely. The message of this prayer, especially given its provenance, is that even within the darkness and violence of this world, we can find and foster compassion and enlightenment. M’lo chol ha’aretz K’vodo. All the world is full of G-ds’ glory. Three are holy sparks everywhere.
As we prepare to join in community and prayer on Rosh Hoshana, images of desperate Syrian refugees fill our TV and home computer screens. Over eight million Syrians have fled from their homes. Some are internally displaced, some linger in teeming refugee camps in neighboring countries, and some wander desperately. According to many experts, this is the largest refugee crises since World War II. Several thousand Syrian refugees have already died, and many, especially children, face illness, injury, exploitation, and possibly, death.
I am aware that these are people who were raised to despise Jews and to dream of the destruction of the Jewish state. They may include former soldiers and terrorists with innocent Israeli blood on their hands, and certainly the children and grandchildren of those killers. There is also a clear danger that ISIS and other terrorists will exploit this exodus and attempt to infiltrate and undermine Western societies.
However, as Jews, we are obligated with the Mitzvah of Hatzala, rescue, active intervention whenever even a single life is at stake, let alone millions of lives. There is no “Good Samaritan” law in Halacha because Jewish tradition doesn’t see this intervention as heroic or exceptional. It is what a human being should do when another is mortally threatened. In three days we will read the story of G-d’s rescue of the lad Ishmael, who is dying in the desert after his banishment from Abraham and Sarah’s home. The Midrash imagines that the angels then protest, arguing that the descendants of Ishmael will be vicious anti-Semites. G-d responds “And what is Ishmael right now, righteous or wicked?....According to his present deeds, I will judge him.”
My children are alive today because organized groups of people, “conspiracies of goodness,”mobilized to save the lives of their grandmother and her sisters in Nazi Europe. I am very proud that today Jewish organizations across Europe are mobilizing for Syrian refugees. In England, World Jewish Relief, founded seventy years to rescue Jewish children from Nazism, is raising funds for Syrian refugees. Our sister Masorti (Conservative) Synagogue, the North London Synagogue has set up a drop in center that provides legal services, medical treatment, counseling, food and clothing. In Italy and Germany, Jewish groups are channeling funds raised by international Jewish agencies to house, feed and otherwise support the newcomers. Even in the Arab word, in Jordan, at Za’atari, a refugee camp of about 85,000 residents, much support comes from international Jewish organizations. Israeli medical personnel, mostly through the IDF, the Israel Defense Forces, have treated about 2000 Syrians injured in the fighting.
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