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Upcoming Services

August 18 - 19, Shabbat Re'eh

Candle lighting, 7:27 PM
Evening Service 6:30 PM

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 8:30 PM

Sunday Minyan 9:00 AM

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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 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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News and Upcoming Events

KSS Book Club: The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky

Come together and build community with our recently established Kane Street Book Club. All are welcome to join us every other month to dissect and discuss book selections that will vary on topics for each meeting. This is a fun excuse to participate in thoughtful conversation over tasty wine and light snacks.
Discussion: Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm at Kane Street
Contact Corinne Kotler for more information or to join the group.

Mini Minyan Hits the Road This Shabbat

Cobble Hill Health Center Community Room, 380 Henry St. at Congress
Saturday, August 19, 10:30am
Young children and families join with other congregants this Shabbat for one of our visits to the Cobble Hill Health Center. Kiddush, songs, stories and a chance for multiple generations to connect with the Center’s residents.  Rabbi Jason leads.

Honey-Do List for the Holidays

Order a sweet gift for your family and friends – an eight ounce jar of kosher certified Kentucky wildflower honey with a personalized greeting. Proceeds from the honey sale will benefit Kane Street Synagogue and its youth and family programs. Cost: $12 per jar. Order by September 1 for guaranteed delivery by Rosh Hashanah. Discount code: Kane2017.

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.

Hebrew Reading Course This Summer

Hebrew reading for adult beginners, co-sponsored by Kane Street
Sundays, 1:15-2:15 pm, July 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Congregation Mount Sinai
Instructor: Rabbi Sue Oren
For adults interested in learning to read Hebrew (or refreshing their rusty skills). Learn to read the Hebrew “alefbet” (aka alphabet) on Sundays this summer! This course provides a systematic approach to recognizing and sounding out the Hebrew writing system. In class and at home, you’ll reinforce this learning through practical exercises and introduction to basic vocabulary from Jewish prayer.

For registration and questions, email Rabbi Oren or call her at 917.539.1334. Fee: $200 (includes course materials). Co-sponsors: Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Mount Sinai & Kane Street Synagogue.

 

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

Charlottesville

Last (civil) year, on Rosh Hoshana, I decried in my first day sermon the racist and xenophobic appeals in Presidential campaign rhetoric. We were implored then to imagine and return to a simpler time, a better time, a time when we were respected, a time when we were great.

I said that to me, as a Jew, those sentiments were frightening, because I know what comes next. When societies dream of returning to their golden age, people seen as different have no place.

Charlottesville is what comes next.

I must confess that I was not surprised by President Trump’s failure to name and condemn neo-nazism and white supremacy. Still, we need to be careful that the President’s relentless and unapologetic assaults on human dignity — female, LGBQT, Hispanic, Muslim, Jewish, African American, and more — do not make us cynical or passive. I know how powerful is the temptation to (literally) tune him out. Ahavat habriot, fellow feeling, empathy for other human beings is both an innate and learned feeling, and when that loving sense is violated, over and over, we employ psychological defenses. We may even avoid information, such as news reports, altogether.

These defenses are understandable, but they are also dangerous. “Whoever is able to protest against the wrongdoings of his fellow citizens and does not do so, is punished for the wrongdoings of the people of his city. Whoever is able to protest against the wrongdoings of the world and does not do so, is punished for the wrongdoings of the world” (Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 54b).

We suffer and we benefit from the words and actions of those around us. Social psychologist Ervin Staub in The Roots of Evil, a study of group violence, writes,“Bystanders, people who witness but are not directly affected by the actions of perpetrators, help shape society by their reactions…. Bystanders can exert powerful influence. They can define the meaning of events and move others toward empathy or indifference. They can promote values and norms of caring, or by their passivity or participation in the system they can affirm the perpetrators” (pages 86-7).

As Jews, from our Torah, we have a 3,500 year old covenant of love. We are commanded to love G-d, our neighbors (e.g. other Israelites), and the stranger (those outside our people). We remind ourselves of that covenant every time we sing the “v’ahavta/And you shall love” paragraph after the Sh’ma, and, as that paragraph implies, every time we notice the Mezuza on going in and out of doors.
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Rabbi Weintraub’s Reflections on Social Issues

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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