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Upcoming Services

January 20 - 21, Shabbat Shemot

Candle lighting, 4:40 PM
Evening Service 6:30 PM

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 5:43PM

Sunday Minyan 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, 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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"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

Brooklyn Israel Film Festival 2017

Thursday, January 26, 8:00pm – “Freedom Runners
Saturday, January 28, 8:00pm – “The Writer
Sunday, January 29, 7:00pm – “Vice Versa

Now in its 13th year, Kane Street’s Brooklyn Israel Film Festival is proud to present the best in Israeli filmmaking, right here in Brooklyn. This year’s lineup features a powerful documentary, “Freedom Runners,” three episodes of an acclaimed TV series, “The Writer,” and a moving feature film, “Vice Versa.”

Buy tickets online, individually or as a discounted festival pass. Opening night (Thursday, January 26) admission includes pre-show refreshments. Popcorn is available for purchase all three nights. See you at the movies!

Trivia Night in the Enchanted Forest

Supporting Kane Street Youth and Family Programs
Sunday, February 12, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Play an enchanting game of trivia. Enjoy friends, food, fun and cocktails, in an enchanting Tu B’Shevat decor. Bid on local goods, services, and salon experiences.
Gather your friends to create a team, or let us put you on a team and make new friends. Children 10 and older may play. $50 per adult. Bring children along for free, with activities and babysitting upstairs for kids ages 1-12.
Purchase tickets and create your trivia team!

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.

Join us for a Community Shabbat Dinner

Friday, February 3, 6pm
Join people from across the generations for services, dinner, conversation, singing and delicious food Friday, February 3.
FOOD: Delicious meat and vegetarian entrees, tasty side dishes, salad, challah, dessert and wine.
COST: $25 per adult; $10 per child (3rd or 4th children are free)
Register here.

Shabbat Learners’ Service Begins January 7

Saturday mornings, weekly from 9:45am-11:00am, January 7-February 11 and on March 4
Chapel, Second Floor of Goldman Building
For those who want help navigating the Shabbat morning service, Kane Street is starting a Learners’ Minyan that will offer a space to learn about the service, explore your questions and pray slowly together. This weekly prayer learning experience will explore the structure, themes, rituals, and customs of the service. Please join us! Contact
rabbijason@kanestreet.org, who leads our first week, for more information.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A Message from Rabbi Weintraub

Chanukah 5777, December 2016
How Chanukah speaks to us today

Many of us learned, at an early age, that Chanukah is about the successful revolt of Judah Maccabee and his courageous band of Jewish fighters to liberate the Temple and Jerusalem from their occupation and defilement by the Seleucid Greek King Antiochus (c. 165 BCE)

This is true. Before Antiochus, Greek rulers beginning with Alexander in the Fourth Century BCE tolerated the practice of Judaism and other particular religions in their Empire. Antiochus tried to overturn this, pillaging the Temple, attacking Jerusalem and taking Jews away as captives. The Maccabees insisted on religious freedom. They restored the observance of the Torah’s sacred laws, and brought strength and comfort to the traditionalist Jews of Judea.

The Maccabean revolt, however, was also part of a civil, inter-Jewish struggle, and this more complex aspect is—with some justification—ignored in our early Jewish education. The Maccabees also opposed other Jews, who the Second Book of Maccabees calls “Hellenizers.” Hellenizers wanted to dispense with Jewish laws and traditions, and they became influential among priests and civil Jewish leaders, especially in urban centers like Jerusalem. Some scholars believe that it was this internecine Jewish struggle which encouraged Antiochus to intervene and impose draconian laws.
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ISIS, Refugees, and our Father Jacob

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