Family Programs

“And you shall teach them diligently to your children”

Deuteronomy 6:7

For more information about any of the family programs and to RSVP please contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber, Director of Education and Family Programs at (718)875-1550 x117 or rabbivalerie@gmail.com.

At Kane Street Synagogue, we know that some of the most powerful, lasting Jewish memories kids have are made with their families. We develop programming that we hope will be memorable, enjoyable, educational and celebratory. We strive to help parents and children come to see Kane Street Synagogue as a home away from home, a place where adults and kids feel they can enrich their own lives and learn more about the world around them.

SHABBAT AND HOLIDAYS

Each Shabbat morning during the school year we hold family services at 11:00 AM. The entire building is filled with the sound of singing, laughter and learning. We have services for every age range so that kids can get engaged with a group of peers, express their joys, wonder and doubts.

Mini Minyan is for children ages 2-4. It is a warm, interactive family Shabbat experience with singing, stories, a Torah parade, prayers and movement. We conclude with a Kiddush over challah and juice. 11:00 – 11:45 AM, third floor multi-purpose room. Kids and parents are then invited to join the whole congregation in the sanctuary where the children will be called to the front during the singing of Adon Olam.

Junior Congregation is for children in Kindergarten through 2nd Grade. This is a high energy family service with a story, singing, a beautiful, colorful siddur for prayers, and lots of learning. Each week we join the older children at 11:45 to share a Torah service or dramatic re-enactment of the weekly Torah portion. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, second floor Chapel.

KC Minyan (Kavannah and Competence) is for children in 3rd Grade through 6th Grade. This is a joyful and contemplative family service which helps children begin to navigate Siddur Sim Shalom that we use in the main sanctuary. We sing, learn the traditional choreography of prayers, discuss the themes of prayers and the Torah portion, and enjoy a weekly Torah service or dramatic re-enactment of the weekly Torah portion. 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, second floor room 3-4.

The third Friday of each month, September through June, join us for Celebration Shabbat, a multi-generational service followed by dinner for the entire community. During services before dinner our rabbis offer birthday and anniversary blessings, while children can enjoy story-time and adults learn from the D’var Torah. 6:00 PM, second floor Chapel. Please check the full calendar for the monthly dates.

We hold Mini Minyan, Junior Congregation and KC Minyan on High Holy Days too.

2013/5775 Schedule for High Holy Days:

Rosh Hashanah First Day – Thursday, September 25
Rosh Hashanah Second Day – Friday, September 26
Yom Kippur – Saturday, October 4

Camp L’Shana Tova 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Second Floor, Room 3-4
Mini Minyan 11:00 – 11:45 AM. Second Floor, Chapel
Junior Congregation 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM. Second Floor, Chapel
KC Minyan 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM. First Floor, Community Room

Kol Nidre Activities and Prayers for children in grades 1 – 6
Thursday, October 3, 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM, Chapel and Rooms 1-2. (No children under 6, please)

On Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Purim and other holidays, we hold big events like a Sukkah Decorating Party, a Chanukah Party with a puppet show, a Purim Carnival with games, face painting, a concert and more.

BIALY ROCK MUSIC CLASS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Children 8 to 30 months old with a parent, grandparent or caregiver can enjoy Bialy Rock, our weekly Friday music class, sing-a-long and puppet show. Led by Ora Fructher, children and adults will spend 45 minutes learning Jewish songs for Shabbat and holidays, along with some silly and fun tunes with a smattering of Hebrew. For the Bialy Rock schedule and registration for 8 – 30 month-olds, please click here.
Watch a video here

PJ LIBRARY at KANE STREET SYNAGOGUE
Every month 150 children in Brooklyn eagerly await the mail carrier, “Did I get my mail? Did i get my mail?” they ask. they are not referring to letters from grandparents, candy or toys. They are waiting for the monthly book they get from PJ Library at Kane Street Synagogue.

Any family from the neighborhoods near the synagogue with a child age 6 months to 8 years old can sign up to receive a free Jewish-themed book each month for their children. We send books to families in Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Downtown, Park Slope, Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, Kensington and Ditmas.

We also hold special book-related events during the year for our PJ Library families like our Applesauce Meet & Greet for toddlers and their parents on Rosh Hashanah, and challah baking events to go with some of our favorite books. On Sunday, October 27th from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, please join us for Challah Baking and an Interactive Theatrical Performance of Estie The Mensch by Mainstages, for kids 2 – 6 and their families. The cost is $10 per family. Download the flyer here and we hope to see you there!

To register for PJ Library please go to this link: PJ Library

L’TZEDEK SERVICE LEARNING

Our 6th and 7th Graders and their families put the values they learn into action in our L’Tzedek programs. Kids who attend Jewish Day School and students in the Hebrew School learn together and participate in 6-8 experiences over the school year doing tikkun olam (repair of the world). Parents and siblings often join them.

We plant and week and paint in a garden which serves a women’s shelter for those with mental illness in East New York while learning about the value of greenery on the psyche and considering the difference between privilege and lack thereof. We host one model Passover seder for the elderly and ill at a nearby nursing home and another for Muslim children who are part of a neighhboorhood mosque. We learn the value of bikkur cholim (visiting the sick) and showing respect for the elderly in one instance. In the other, we consider how to share our Jewish customs with people from a different culture and religion, and what we can learn from them. We serve a nutritious dinner to the hungry and homeless at the Hebrew Union College Soup Kitchen and learn about the traditions in Judaism of reaching out to the hungry. We collect cast off clothing from runners at the start of the New York Marathon and help sort and save it for distribution to the poor through Goodwill. We consider how we can be like the ancient prophets who pursued justice. We participate with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to work at Clean and Green Days, planting and painting while we consider our role in the preservation of our planet.

By the spring of 5th grade, those families join us for a couple of service learning experiences.

YOM SIDDUR

In November each year, our 3rd Graders receive their very own copy of Siddur Sim Shalom. They are called to the bima in the sanctuary and we have a short ceremony. Each year children get inspired by this gift to learn new prayers and become more familiar with the prayer book.

Download the 2013 – 2014 Family Programs Calendar 2013 – 2014 here!

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