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

Social Justice


The Social Justice Committee is dedicated to tikkun olam, repair of the world. The committee facilitates Kane Street’s participation in community service. We organize and provide short and long-term volunteer opportunities for members to support change in our community and beyond. Our goal is to deepen our social justice efforts through a congregation-based community organizing model and join a local interfaith network. To get involved with tikkun olam at Kane Street contact Social Justice Committee Chair Bronwen Haskel.

Current Projects

Refugee Welcome Campaign
Kane Street Synagogue, with over 200 other Congregations across the US, is part of a HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) project to welcome, and advocate for refugees. Following a large and successful Campaign kickoff during Sukkot, over fifty Synagogue members have signed up for various volunteer activities, including literacy tutoring of immigrants, building pen pal relationships with asylum seeker in detention centers, providing pro bono legal assistance to asylum seekers, and more. From time to time, we will be sharing testimonies of volunteers in this and other Synagogue social justice projects.

Contact campaign co-chairs Flora Margolis or Bronwen Haskel at for more information.

Cobble Hill Health Center Visits
Meets one Shabbat each month from 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Contact social Justice Committee Chair Bronwen Haskel for a schedule.

For over twenty-five years, Kane Street has made monthly Shabbat visits to the Cobble Hill Health Center. Join us as we spend an hour with Center residents of all ages schmoozing, conversing about current events, telling stories, saying kiddush and singing songs. Our young family minyanin often join the visits as well. Meet at the Center, 380 Henry Street, in the Recreation Room. All ages welcome.

It’s an opportunity for residents to talk. get some one-on-one attention and eat gefilte fish. For congregants, the rewards are getting to feel a kinship with the residents and a special glow each time one of them gives you a big smile. – Barbara Zahler-Gringer

Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Homeless Shelter
For three weeks around the secular holidays at the turn of each year, volunteers from Kane Street staff the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue Shelter, preparing meals and staying overnight in pairs with approximately 10 male guests. Without our help, the shelter could not stay open on these nights. If staying over, volunteers can come with a friend or we can schedule your stay with another Kane Street volunteer. We have repeat volunteers every year, and they report it is a safe and rewarding experience.

This is a great opportunity to perform the Mitzvot of M’a’chil R’ei’vim, feeding the hungry, and Hachnasat Orchim, hospitality, and to represent the Kane Street community.

Concact Bronwen Haskel at for more information.

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