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July 22 - 23, Shabbat Balak

Candle Lighting 8:01 PM
Friday Evening Services 6:30 PM
Shabbat Morning Services 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 9:04 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. 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

Fast Day of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz

Please note that Sunday, July 24 is the Fast Day of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz, commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem by Roman legions in 70 C.E,, which led to the destruction of the Temple and the Second Exile. The fast begins at 3:58 AM and concludes at 8:52 PM, and we have morning services at 9:00 AM. For more explanation about this Fast Day, and special observances until the Fast Day of Tisha B’av (August 13-14) please read Rabbi Weintraub’s message here.

The “Drei Vochen” The Three Weeks – Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (17 Tammuz) to Tisha B’av (9 AV) 5776, July 24 to August 14, 2016

The three weeks between Shiva Assar B’Tammuz and Tisha B’av mark a period of sadness and mourning – framed by two fast days – in which we remember some of the greatest tragedies of our history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples, and the exiles which followed. During this period, festivities and indulgences are avoided or limited. For example, traditionally, we do not schedule weddings and other joyous occasions during the Three Weeks. In fulfillment of the Rabbinic dictum “When Av begins our joy is diminished” (Mishna Ta’anit 4:6), from 1 (Rosh Chodesh) Av to 9 Av, (sundown August 4 to August 14) we take on other restrictions. For example, many avoid eating meat and drinking wine during this period, except on Shabbat. Please click here to read the full text.

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.

Register For Hebrew School Now

New students’ deadline is August 1.
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The schedule and fees are included on the registration form. For questions or more information please contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

The challenges of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activists on campus

Increasingly, parents of college students, and at times the students themselves, come to talk with me about anti-Israel and anti-Jewish activists on campus. I am not referring here to people respectfully expressing dissent from specific Israeli, or American Jewish leadership policies. Rather, I mean groups espousing anti-Semitic canards about Jewish deviousness and power, or opposing the existence of a Jewish state per se, or judging Israel by an impossible double standard while ignoring the wrongdoings of other nations.

Often, our Jewish students today are intimidated, even overwhelmed. They feel unprepared for the political argument, and, more fundamentally, confused by the guilt and embarrassment which anti-Jewish and anti-Israel expressions arouse in them.

What lies behind their confusion? Why are they hard pressed to respond to anti-Israel canards, when they rise easily to defend other groups? Is their quietism, their Jewish bashfulness just a matter of intimidation by those who rail against us? Or does it have deeper roots?

Consider the education of many of these Jewish youth. Prior to college, what was often their last intensive Jewish learning experience? The Bar, or Bat Mitzvah. And this often became an exercise in musical reading performance. But where was the Haftarah from? What did the child learn about the prophets whose verses they chanted? Was she made to feel the religious and political heroism of the prophet? Did she learn about Jeremiah, in the late Sixth Century BCE, who was ostracized, imprisoned and forcibly silenced for opposing King Zedekiah and the royal priesthood and their foreign policy? Does she know about the career of Amos, 200 years earlier, who infuriated the false prophets and callous landowners of Northern Israel by denouncing religious ostentation and merciless systems of sharecropping? Was she taught about the role of conscience in Rabbinic tradition, the many Midrashim where G-d’s action or inaction in the Torah is openly challenged?

Click here to read the full text.

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