“And you shall teach them diligently to your children”Deuteronomy 6:7
For more information about any of the family programs please contact Director of Education & Family Programming Rabbi Valerie Lieber.
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 from 11:00am in the upper floors of the Goldman Educational Center. 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.
Up to age 5, accompanied a grown-up
11:00-11:45am, 3rd Floor
A warm, interactive family Shabbat experience with singing, stories, a Torah parade, prayers and movement. We conclude with a Kiddush over challah and grape juice. Kids and parents are then invited to join the whole congregation in the sanctuary.
11:00am-12:15pm, 2nd Floor Classroom
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.
11:00am-12:15pm, Chapel, 2nd Floor
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.
Family Services during the High Holidays
Check out this year’s High Holiday Family Services.
Additionally, 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.
Children 8- to 30-months, with a caregiver
Two sessions on Fridays: 10.00-11:45am, and 11:15am-12:00pm
Our weekly music class, sing-a-long and puppet show. Led by Ora Fructher, children and adults spend 45 minutes learning Jewish songs for Shabbat and holidays, along with some fun tunes with a smattering of Hebrew. Watch a video of one of our favorite songs!
Bialy Rock schedule registration is available online, see the flyer for more information, or contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber.
Kane Street Sundays
An Open Play Program For Young Families Every Sunday
Every Sunday starting after the High Holidays, and running through early summer.
Come and join us with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy a big open place to play. It is a terrific venue for parents to spend time with friends and meet new people.
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM every Sunday, October 30 – May 21 and August 6 – September 17
And new this year for older children, Kane Street Sundays Bid Kids
10:00 – 11:30 AM for ages 4 – 6
Download the flyer here and join us!
$10 drop-in. Supersaver Multipasses: 10-session pass is $75 for synagogue members.
Contact Rabbi Valerie Lieber for more information
PJ Library at Kane Street Synagogue
Every month hundreds of 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.
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.
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.