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Upcoming Services

November 24 - 25, Vayetzei

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

Morning Service, 9:15am
Shabbat Ends, 5:13pm

Sunday Minyan 9:00am

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 Nari Gottlieb, 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

Open Beit Midrash – Tuesday Evening Informal Study Program – begins October 24

Healthy Vegetarian Dinner at 6:45 followed by learning from 7:30-9:00 with first rate teachers!
The Beit Midrash (House of Study) has traditionally been the cultural center for creative spiritual conversation, a place to bring everyone together in an atmosphere of focused learning, energetic discussion and personal search.
Kane Street’s Open Beit Midrash includes six three-week mini-courses over (most) Tuesday evenings, from October 24, 2017 to March 6, 2018.
First course:Sennacherib At The Gates of Jerusalem: Bible, History, Archaeology, Theology with Dr. Aaron Koller October 24 and 31 and November 7, 2017
Read more and register!

Shabbat Learners’ Service on December 2

Saturday mornings, 9:45am-11:00am
Chapel, Second Floor of Goldman Building
For those who want help navigating the Shabbat morning service, our Learners’ Minyan offers a space to learn about the service, explore your questions and pray slowly together. Please join us! See the schedule on our Shabbat page. Contact Rabbi Jason for more information.

Kol Nidre Appeal: Keep Kane Street Thriving

As we celebrate the New Year, we hope you will consider contributing to the Kol Nidre Appeal. Your gift will help ensure that the programs that make Kane Street such a dynamic community continue to thrive.

September 2017 Update on Kane Street’s Renovation Initiatives

As we celebrate the holidays together and look ahead to the possibilities of the year ahead, we are pleased to report that Kane Street has taken significant steps forward in our renovation initiatives. Please take a moment to review the September 2017 New Year Omnibus Update, which outlines developments of the past several months.

Bialy Rock Music Class for Infants & Toddler

Ora and Ketchup the puppet are back Friday September 1 – December 22 at 10:00am. Download the flyer for all the details. Children with parents or caregivers sing, dance, and play instruments. Leader Ora Fruchter leads Jewish songs in English and Hebrew. Bialy Rock is a fun, interactive way to bond with your child in a Jewish context, meet new families, and enrich your child’s musical development and Jewish identity. Bialy Rock registration is available online or contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber.


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Li’fi Dati: As I See It

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Rabbi Sam Weintraub

A message from Rabbi Weintraub

Las Vegas

It’s a great, and very brief conversation, told in Exodus 14:13-16. Pharaoh, his chariots and his horses are charging behind them. The raging sea is before them. The Israelites, in panic, scream at Moshe to take them back to Egypt. Moshe shouts “Do not fear, Stand up!” Then, with noble intentions, and perhaps knowing that he is the world’s most effective Ba’al Tefilah, Master of Prayer, Moshe turns his gaze towards Heaven and declares “See the salvation that HaShem, that G-d will perform for you today… HaShem shall do battle for you!.”

Then G-d lets him have it:
“Mah Titz’ak Ei’lai? Why do you cry out to Me? Speak to the children of Israel and let them journey forth….lift up your hand and stretch your arm over the sea and split it! “
Rashi comments: “The Holy One Blessed be He, told Moshe, ”Lo Eit Atta L’ha’arich Bit’filah. This is not the time for lengthy prayer. Israel is in distress. Get going!”

Ours is an active faith. We partner with G-d to redeem the broken world around us, even at times when evil is so shocking that it can incapacitate us. It is important at these times to pray. We stop and send forth strength to the injured, the bereaved families, the rescuers. But we also need to act. As G-d told Moshe, “Ha’reim et matcha! Pick up your staff!” Do something! We recognize that the Tikkun, the repair is significantly in ours hands, and we move forward.

It’s important not to fall into conventional or clichéd language, no matter how soothing. Avoid calling Las Vegas a “tragedy”. Las Vegas was a crime, and it was committed by a deliberate and sentient individual, abetted by powerful commercial interests, political lobbies and cowering Senators and Congresspeople who place greed, careerism, and a wanton distortion of “individual rights” over reverence for human life. So, even as the dead lie before their shattered families in Las Vegas, Congress will consider the SHARE Act, which will allow purchases of gun silencers on the internet or at gun shows to avoid background checks.

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Rabbi Weintraub’s Reflections on Social Issues
Charlottesville

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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