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Upcoming Services

May 19 - 20 Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai

Candle lighting, 7:49 PM
Evening Service 6:30 PM

Shabbat Morning Service 9:15 AM
Shabbat ends 8:52 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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Rabbi Jochanan Ben Zakkai
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News and Upcoming Events

Kane Street’s 161st Anniversary

Mark this wonderful milestone by participating in our Commemorative Journal. Your Journal ads support Kane Street and are a great way to recognize achievements of all kinds. Deadline for Journal ads: Wednesday, May 10.

Don’t miss our Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 4 at 6:00pm, when we will honor Ray Scheindlin, who has served Kane Street in a multitude of capacities over the years, including as our High Holiday cantor for over 40 years. Buy your tickets today!


Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults

20-sessions, Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30pm, starting April 25 at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue
Co-sponsored by Kane Street
Gain access to concepts, vocabulary and observances that are central to Judaism. Explore the holy and the historical, inherited texts and contemporary issues, rhythms of the calendar and of our lives in this seminar-style course. Taught by Rabbi Sue Oren. $400 course tuition, plus $25 materials. For registration and questions, contact Rabbi Oren at introclass@earthlink.net or 917.539.1334.


Brooklyn Celebrates Israel

Yom HaZikaron – Israel Memorial Day Ceremony
Sunday, April 30, 6:30pm
Congregation Mount Sinai, 250 Cadman Plaza West
A community wide ceremony, followed by an Israeli band singing songs to honor and remember the fallen soldiers.

Idan Raichel Live Concert
Monday, May 1, 7:45pm
Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place
Idan Raichel performs solo, playing his greatest hits and more. Get tickets at www.teevtix.com.

Yom Israel – Israel Day
Sunday, May 7, 10:00am-1:00pm
Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Ave
This Israel festival for the whole family is free of charge and open to the public. Highlights to include a fun-filled musical journey and Yom Ha’Atzmaut celebration with the delightful PJ Library book Ella’s trip to Israel (10:30), Israeli folk dancing with Rina and our shinshinim (12:15), and a Taim Food Truck and Schnitzi Food Truck throughout the day.


Kane Street Book Club Debuts in April

Thursday, April 20 at 7pm at Kane Street
First Selection: The Faith Club

All are welcome to join us every other month to dissect and discuss book selections that will vary on topics for each meeting. This is a fun excuse to participate in thoughtful conversation over tasty wine and light snacks. We will be reading The Faith Club for our first meeting. The book tells the story of an American Muslim woman who befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, and their decision to educate their children about their respective religions. The club’s reading will be open to people from all communities. Contact Corrine Kotler at bookclub@kanestreet.org for more information or to join the group.


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.”
Click here to read the full text.

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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