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Upcoming Services

June 23 - 24 Shabbat Korach

Candle lighting, 8:10 PM
Evening Service 6:30 PM

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 9:13 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

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.

 

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.

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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A Passover Message from Rabbi Weintraub - Epistle from the Romans

Di dove sei?
I write from Rome, as I enjoy the half of my Sabbatical here. Meeting fellow students in my Language School, attending interfaith forums, praying in Roman Synagogues on Shabbat, visiting tourist sites, the first questions from Romans always include “Di dove sei?”

Where are you from?

The question also rings through the rituals and texts of Pesach. The Haggadah, in its central Maggid section, is first fixed on determining origin, where, when, and how we began. For example:.

  • Mitchila ov’dei chochavim hayu avotei’nu, -- At first our ancestors were idol worshippers.
  • Tzei ul’mad! Go and learn! – Laban the Aramean wanted to destroy Jacob….so we went down to Egypt, at first in small numbers.
  • Anus all pi HaDibur – We first came to Egypt compelled by the command of G-d.

Curiously, the Biblical text gives little evidence for these three claims of the Haggadah.

There is no description of idol worship in the land of Abraham and Sarah’s birth, and there is no evidence that Laban wanted to destroy Jacob. Later, Jacob moves to Egypt of his own free will, to re-unite with his beloved son Joseph, not because of compulsion by the Holy One.

Why do the authors of the Haggadah want us to re-visit our origins, not in their glory or innocence, but in their fear, sinfulness and desperation?

In the tenth chapter of the Talmudic tracate of Pesachim, we are taught that at the Seder one should “matchil bignut, um’samyeim b’she’vach….v’choteim big’ulah,” “begin with degradation, conclude with praise… and seal it with redemption.”
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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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