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December 19 - 20, Shabbat Mikeitz/Chanukah

Candle Lighting, 4:11 PM
Friday Evening Kabbalat Shabbat Services, 6:00 PM
Shabbat Morning Services, 9:15 AM
Shabbat Ends, 5:14 PM

Sunday Morning Minyan, 9:00 AM


Li’fi Dati: As I See It

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub
December 18, 2014

Michael Brown and Eric Garner

A Jewish Perspective

The following is a sermon I gave last Shabbat, Parshat Vayeshev (Genesis 37-40). I welcome comments.
This week's Parsha opens with an unflattering depiction of the adolescent Joseph. He is the spoiled son of his father, and tattles on his hard-working brothers while he does not share in their labor. In a fairly transparent dream he seems to imagines his parents and brothers bowing to him, and unabashedly shares the dream with the family. While his sale to the traveling caravan of traders is not justified, one can understand the brothers' resentment.
In Egypt, Joseph matures. Because of his wisdom and self-restraint, in the palace and in the dungeon, the Rabbis call Joseph a paradigmatic Tzaddik, or saint. Joseph is also the paradigmatic exile. He is ripped apart from his home and placed early on in a marginal position in a totally new society. Yet, instead of accepting isolation and defeat, he develops a vision which can include everyone. His magnanimity and insight allow him to understand all the residents of the Kingdom from the serfs to the vassals, from the despised to the elite.

At that time, the Egyptian empire was a large and powerful but also anxious and fearful place. The Hyksos, an Asiatic Tribe who had settled in Egypt, were a fifth column, other nations stood ready to invade, there was constant warfare in Eastern provinces, and as we see in next week's Parsha, a massive and potentially murderous drought loomed.

I studied this narrative this week, not only as Parsha of the week but also in light of the fear and resentment now simmering in our own cities. The killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the protests which followed highlight a longstanding problem in many American cities, where a stunningly high number of African American men are involved in lethal encounters with police.

The shootings are not limited to poor communities. Prince Georges County, Maryland , where my older son attends college, is one of the most affluent counties in America with an African American majority. There, African Americans experienced in recent decades a pattern of abuse so persistent that it led to Justice Department intervention in 2004. (The abuse is at the hands of black as well as white officers, which should give us pause before hurling accusations of racism at the police.) Sixty years after the Little Rock Supreme Court School Desegregation decision, innocent, law abiding African American Congressmen, professional athletes, professors, physicians, and my African American ministerial colleagues report hostile stops and questioning by police.

How should we as Jews respond to all of this?

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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.

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News and Upcoming Events

Thursday Night Live!

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For Teens Ages 13-18
Take the Purim Story, add a little Marx Brothers, some Adam Sandler, a bit of Sarah Silverman, a dash of Mel Brooks and a dash of Seinfeld. Mix in some pop culture, and flavor with the crazy imaginations of class members and you’ve got Thursday Night Live. The workshop series, led by Matt Dorter of Mainstages, will be held on Thursday evenings 5:30pm – 7pm January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12 and 26. We end with the performance of a Purim spiel (a comedic show related to the themes of Purim) Thursday, March 8 for the entire community. Click here for details.

A Great Mitzvah Opportunity!

Volunteer to Staff the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Shelter
December 24 – Jan 1 Kane Street volunteers to staff the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Shelter. Prepare a meal or stay overnight in pairs with approximately 10 male guests.
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Chanukah Dance Party

December 21, 3:00 – 7:00 PM
Join us for a Chanukah dance party at Kane Street with BPM Krew. Check out their website here. Hire a babysitter if you have young children and enjoy a “date night” at Kane Street.
The event is free and open to the Kane Street community, friends and family. While this energetic band from Toronto is enjoyed by 18-35 year olds, those younger or young-at-heart are welcome.
Candle lighting and a rousing rendition of Maoz Tzur are part of the program. Refreshments, light food, latkes & sufganiyaot will be served.

Hoping you can join us and wishing you a Happy Chanukah!
We thank Jeff Macklis for sponsoring and hosting this event.

Don’t Miss the 2015 Brooklyn Israel Film Festival!

January 22, 24 and 25 at Kane Street Synagogue: three nights of award-winning, thought-provoking films and discussions with film experts, and on Thursday, January 22, an Opening Reception!
Ticket prices, Thursday night $18.00 and Saturday night/Sunday night, $15.00 each; Click here to read more about the films, watch trailers and purchase tickets.

Chanukah Book Fair

Sunday, December 14, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monday, December 15, 8:30 – 9:30 AM and 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Kane Street Synagogue
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