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236 Kane Street / Brooklyn, NY 11231 / 718 875-1550

Upcoming Services

December 2 - 3, Shabbat Toldot

Candle lighting, 4:10 PM
Evening Service 6:30 PM

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 5:13 PM

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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Rabbi Jochanan Ben Zakkai
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News and Upcoming Events

Remember the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from Arab Countries and Iran

Saturday, December 3
Shabbat Kiddush, and Lunch and Learn
Two years ago, the Israeli Knesset voted to establish a day for Jews the world over to mark the departure and expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran. November 30 was chosen since it follows November 29, the day in 1947 when the UN adopted the Partition Plan for Palestine. Read more.

Open Beit Midrash 2016 – 2017

Tuesday Evenings, November 15, 2016-March 14, 2017
6:45pm Dinner;  7:30-9:00pm Class
Cost: $40 per three week course (includes catered dinner), or you may purchase a subscription for $150 for the year (all five courses, including all dinners). Read more about Open Beit Midrash and
Register now. Purchase a Beit Midrash Course or Subscription for the year!

Kane Street Sundays

Open play and PJ Library stories, music and activities every week!
9:00am-12:00pm every Sunday
October 30, 2016 until May 21, 2017
and August 6, 2017 to September 17, 2017
And new this year for older children:
Kane Street Sundays Big Kids
10:00-11:30am, for ages 4-6
Download the flyer and drop in, or register to purchase discounted multi-session passes, and join us!

A New Bialy Rock Series

Jewish music class with Ora Fruchter for children 4 to 30 months with a parent or caregiver.
December 9 and 12; January 6, 13, 20 and 27
10:00am – 10:45am session and 11:15am – 12:00pm session
February 3, 10 and 17; March 3, 10 and 17
Cost: $25 for drop-ins. Save money and hassle with a 6 or 12-session pass. Please Register by December 8. Register online.

Sanctuary Project – October Update

Kane Street continues to make progress on the sanctuary project. We have engaged Nova Construction Services to restore the north façade and the towers of the sanctuary building. Over the summer, members of our community shared their visions for the sanctuary interior and engaged with our architects from H3. We attended community meetings and group interviews, responded to online surveys, and sent emails to the Sanctuary Design Committee. All of these developments are outlined in our October 2016 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 Message from Rabbi Weintraub
Dear Friends,

I would like to address members of our community in the wake of yesterday’s election of Donald Trump as our 45th President. Forgive me if I address certain groups separately.

First, to our members who voted for Donald Trump: Todah. I am grateful to you because you took the time to weigh in seriously about this very consequential choice; our President impacts the lives not only of three hundred million Americans but of people all over our planet. In exercising your right to vote, you sustained the functions and values of our democracy. You gave voice to the fears, hopes and political recommendations of millions of Americans who felt forgotten. I hope that as we go forward now and try to unite a polarized country, you will enjoy respect and listening ears. Please speak up energetically within our Kane Street community.

To our members who voted for Hillary Clinton: Todah. I am grateful to you because you also took responsibility for our country and the world by your advocacy and your voting. You stood up for minority groups, some long persecuted, who were especially under attack in this campaign. Since early this morning I have sensed in many of you what pastors and therapists identify as first signs of bereavement: shock, disbelief, a lack of words, even physiological reactions like difficulty sleeping and forgetfulness. This is natural. You have suffered a great loss, with many using words like “nightmare”, “catastrophe”, and “tragedy.”

In our tradition, this initial phase of bereavement is called aninut. It is generally marked by quiet, and the silent support of dear ones who help the mourner accept the loss and begin mourning. It is not the time for major decisions, “getting even,” post-mortem analyses, or planning for the future. It is a time to check in on those who are close to you to see how they are coping. Planning ahead waits until after shiva, when the heart is more healed and the head more clear.

To all: We need to take each other’s positions seriously and start a robust but respectful discourse. Here, I will make a personal viddui, confession. I let myself get swallowed up in the endless, and cheaply entertaining cycle of character analysis and putdowns which marked this campaign. I also got so incensed by the racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia of some that I failed to adequately explore the political positions and passions of many.
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